Women's positions need to change

Dr NC Shanta *

International Women's Day observance at Manipur Press Club organised jointly by the Manipur Proletariat Peoples Democratic Union (MPPDU) and Socialist Students' Union of Manipur (SSUM) on 8th March 2018
International Women's Day observance at Manipur Press Club organised jointly by the Manipur Proletariat Peoples Democratic Union (MPPDU) and Socialist Students' Union of Manipur (SSUM) on 8th March 2018 :: pix - Imphal Times

International Woman's Day is observed on 8th March, every year. It was started since the year 1975 when United Nations passed its resolution to observe this day after a prolong struggle to protect and promote the rights and liberties of the women in different parts of the world, particularly in western world.

The main reason behind the revolution of its observation was to observe the inescapable era of struggles for the long and impaired group of women in their rights in the United States, Russia and Europe. It also informed to all that the only women make a society so let the women folk be promoted and uplifted.

Theme of the International Women's Day 2018 announced by the United Nations as, "Time is now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women's Lives". The theme shows all those activists who work for the uplifment of the gender equality as human rights need to work more as transforming is on the way to come as the time waits none.

The movement of International Women's Day for the upliftment of women and girls had its origination after the march movement of garment workers of United States started their hard struggle against the long working hours, less wages as compare to male, and unavailable to get the right to vote in 1908. To support the movement, the Socialist Party of America launched its movement again in the year 1909 to avail the said rights and liberties of women.

Next to the movement launched by women leader Clara Zetkins of Socialist Democratic Republic, Germany in 1910. The next movement may also be cited here was the great march on 19th March, 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland by more than a million of people against the women's rights and other discriminations. Women groups were also support to the world peace when the First World War broke out.

During the First World War more than two million people of Russian army were died. Against it a large march movement was launched to protest the war giving slogan as the 'bread and peace' on March 8th of Gregorian calendar and remembering the first voting right in Russia. On the same day of March 8th whole of the Europe celebrated women's Day. Then, the United Nations also declared gender equality based on human right between male and female in 1945.

Thus, the International Women's Day become the world's women's Day through many movements around the globe. Here, Clara Zetkin of Germany, Aexandra Kollontai of Russia, and Lucy Burns of United States were also among the women leaders and supporters who framed this historic day as international women's day.

But, it is to be discussed here with what they say. As the Bible says God>Christ>man>woman>child, in other religions also, women's place is unrecognised fully. But many philosophers and writers filled their views upgrading the values of women as "You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation", Brigham Young, a saint leader in United States. Again, what would men be without women? Scarce, Sir .mighty scarce", Mark Twin, an author and humorist, United States.

Further, Anais Nin, a French author in her journal, "The Diary" Vol. 5. 1947-1955, p-70, stated, "How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself?"

At another statement on the same, "The Diary" Vol.I, 1966, She emphasized, "it's alright for a woman to be, above all, human. I am a woman first of all". On the same way many more statements were given throughout the world about the women's values. But, now after such long intolerable and discriminatory versions about the conditions and values of women since the religious practices started, different organisational and non-organisational struggles have been launched. So, the inequalities, oppression, discrimination, harassment, exploitation, etc on various issues of rights and liberties come to closer.

The important facts about the violence against the women's rights and liberties as reported by a study group were Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, Sudan, Guatemala, Mali, Somalia, India, Pakistan and Iraq as the most advanced countries in the world. As the study further stated that for developed and advanced countries, less violence against women's rights and liberties show as their solidarity.

In such countries women's participations are also more in any governmental or public functions and decision making areas. India's position in the higher education stage, the percentage of female was 41.6% and 54.4 % for male in the year 2010. It was only 11.4% in the Lok Sabha and only 11.1% in the Rajya Sabha as participatory members in the year 2014.

The most important report provided by the World Bank, in the year 2013 as the participatory percentage of women in their countries show very low for India as only 30%.

In most of the countries, the gap of wages among the male and female wage earners have a dissatisfaction as it shows discriminatory action against the rights and liberties of the women groups. Thus, gender equality is necessary to bring a harmonious living throughout the global level.

The present Secretary General, Antonio Guterres of the United Nations when he stated his views about the International Women's Day, he asserted, "Achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world".

Thus, it is the challenging task for all to overthrow traditional and unconditional concepts and thought which have its eclipse for many centuries as the most common and global zero tolerance. Thus, dear citizens of the world, let's make free in concepts and thinking with or without gender as the rights and liberties of our citizens.

* Dr NC Shanta wrote this article for The Sangai Express
This article was posted on March 09, 2018.

* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.

  • Teinem Luira Phanit @Ukhrul #1 : Gallery
  • PM Narendra Modi @Imphal #1 : Gallery
  • Candle Light for Pravish @Delhi: Gallery
  • RTE taunts Kamuching: Mapithel Dam
  • Please dont become slave to any holy book
  • Pravish's Parents meet HM Rajnath Singh
  • Assam Rifles celebrates Cheiraoba
  • Job requirements @SKY Hospital
  • Nursing opportunity across Europe
  • The Killing Fields :: News Timeline
  • Education: addressing the core issue
  • Call to amend the Army Act
  • MoUs inked to boost tourism in NE
  • Sajibu Cheiraoba Chingkaba #1: Gallery
  • Yaoshang Sports @Kakwa: Gallery
  • Human right intimidated by SF: Amnesty Intl
  • Bikers rally to spread awareness on Cancer
  • TB survivor resolves to make TB-free ..
  • State Level World Kidney Day
  • Course in Comparative Literature at NEHU
  • Candle Light at DU for Pravish Chanam
  • PS issue stands as litmus test for CM
  • Cheiraoba Chak Katpa #1 : Gallery
  • Premier League coaches train : Gallery
  • Culturals @ Republic Day #3 : Gallery
  • Draft Asian Declaration: right to justice #4
  • Radhakumar's Atoppa Sansar Amada #2
  • Prevention of cruelty to trees
  • Premier League coach train NE participant
  • GoI may sign agreement without NSCN(K)
  • Manipur celebrates New Year with gaiety
  • Zeliang denies involvement in terror funding
  • Shopping: Sajibu Nongma Panba #1: Gallery
  • Stall @Science Congress, MU #1: Gallery
  • Sajibu Cheiraoba (Meitei New Year)
  • Saving Nambul: Convergence of view
  • Job @ PR Enterprises, Khurai
  • National Institute for Locomotor Disabilities
  • Seminar on 'Conflicts in South Asia'
  • Luck matters; but not always
  • On completing one year in office
  • Spectacle distribution at Loktak Station
  • DGAR visits Manipur on his farewell visit
  • PM at Science Congress @MU #1: Gallery
  • Yaoshang Water & color #3: Gallery
  • Eyek Tamba :: Learn Manipuri script
  • A tribute to Stephen Hawking
  • Draft Asian Declaration: right to justice #3
  • Effect of a Sleepless Night :: Peom
  • Psychology at MIT School of Vedic Sciences
  • So near yet so far
  • Naga CSOs walking with JCILPS
  • Vegetables grown @Thanga #1: Gallery
  • Yaoshang Fancy Dress Contest: Gallery
  • Yaoshang Sport @Khagempalli #2: Gallery
  • Truth of Life :: Poem
  • Celebration of womanhood
  • HQ IGAR (S) celebrates 15th Raising Day
  • Jet Airways for more flights for NE
  • Publicity doing good, Garbage filth continue
  • Other issue overriding education: Class XII
  • Wortam: The Rising Young Mashangva
  • Eidi Ethantani by Eyoom :: Review
  • OMCT : UA on harassment of Ranjeeta
  • Mass destruction of opium poppy cultivation
  • Career options in printing press
  • IBSD launches hi-tech facility for farmers
  • Bangalore Yaoshang - Cheiraoba Thabal
  • Quality over quantity
  • What will the PM have to say ?
  • Zeliang gets fresh summon from NIA
  • Lui-Ngai-Ni @Longmai (TML) #4 : Gallery
  • Nengneingah, Lungkhambou :: eMing
  • Yaoshang Water & color #2: Gallery
  • Draft Asian Declaration: right to justice #2
  • BJP led Govt, not flunk in first year
  • Demand handing of Pravish case to CBI
  • PDA Govt claims false credit: NPF
  • Feminism & Path to Women's Liberation
  • Word of caution from Ibobi: BJP to listen
  • Yaoshang Cooking Contest #2 : Gallery
  • Yaoshang Mei Loukhatpa #4 : Gallery
  • Radhakumar's Atoppa Sansar Amada #1
  • Nigol :: Poem
  • List of Portfolios : Nagaland Govt
  • Clarify: Report of Zeliang summoned by NIA
  • Academic Programs offered by PHFI
  • Cong speaks: Changes expected in future
  • One year under the BJP: Significant but..
  • Students @ Class X Exam #2 : Gallery
  • Yaoshang Sport @Khongman: Gallery
  • Draft Asian Declaration: right to justice #1
  • Cry Of A Dying River...21 :: Peom
  • Manipur-Nagaland border disputes
  • Not a word on beauty on Women's Day
  • Women Religious Tour reaches New Delhi
  • Yaoshang Mei Loukhatpa #3 : Gallery
  • Chirom Indira- Nari Puraskar Award: Gallery
  • Human Rights Defender intimidated by Army
  • Rooftop Solar Power Plants: Gallery
  • Home stay for nature tourism in Manipur
  • Moodle: A learning management system
  • You can't stop small newspapers ...
  • BJP show in NE State: The backroom boys
  • Moldhin Chan: A Thado-Kuki Folktale #2
  • Yaoshang Nakatheng Chatpa #2 : Gallery
  • Mapithel Dam, Thoubal River & Tumukhong
  • Yaoshang Mei Loukhatpa #2 : Gallery
  • Time for "Nokphade" to go global
  • Campaign on International Women's Day
  • War between Left & Right has begun
  • Poppy plantation, destruction & missing link
  • Yaoshang Halankar #1 : Gallery
  • Yaoshang Water & color #1: Gallery
  • Harassment of Ranjeeta (HRA) by Army
  • Women's positions need to change
  • The Weeds :: Poem
  • We now know gold was created in space
  • Issues of women's rights should be priority
  • Protection of paddy land Act
  • Thabal Chongba @Khurai : Gallery
  • Bor-keina race @Yaoshang Fest : Gallery
  • Front Page Photo 2018 #1: Gallery
  • Tanushree @Elecrama Startup Award: Vote
  • Indian Science Congress in MU: Act East?
  • Fulbright 'pathways' for college leaving class
  • Job @ St. Stone Medical Devices
  • Army jawan martyred in Bongjai IED blast
  • National Integration Tour for Women
  • AR conduct Yaoshang sport festival
  • Condemns rising vendetta politics in NE
  • Yaoshang Sport - Marathon #1: Gallery
  • Yaoshang Sport @Keishampat #2: Gallery
  • NERIST Director post vacant since 2014
  • Dynamic Startup 3.0 at MIMS, MU
  • NDPP Legislature 1st Meeting at Kohima
  • 8th Theatre Olympics at Guwahati
  • Yaoshang Cooking Contest #1 : Gallery
  • Yaoshang Sport @Keishampat #1: Gallery
  • Sentinel Cup Equestrian #5 : Gallery
  • Translating inclusion into seclusion is..
  • Condemns land acquisition of muslim
  • News erroneously portraying Zeliang
  • Report: Shillong Lajong vs East Bengal
  • Yaoshang Sport @Khagempalli #1: Gallery
  • LGBTQ Yaoshang Sports Meet #1 : Gallery
  • M. Shenbangpu : Akademi Award 2014
  • Tribe: A concept in a state of crisis
  • Neiphiu's NDPP-BJP alliance stakes claim
  • Digital footprints: Blueprints for detection
  • Rio refutes news about 'Naga Peace'
  • Yaoshang Mei Loukhatpa #1 : Gallery
  • Yaoshang Nakatheng Chatpa #1 : Gallery
  • Yaoshang with Governor : Gallery
  • Black holes that are neither holes nor black
  • Lingaraja Temple- Lord of Three Worlds
  • Study helps hill student make up lost day
  • Yaoshang Mei Thaba : Gallery
  • Saroi Khangba #3 : Gallery
  • Chirom Indira: Highest Civilian Honour
  • Rejoinder to "MCPCR in dire straits"
  • Poppy destruction: The new norm ?
  • Stop harassment of Urikhimbham
  • Sadar Hills District Demand :: Timeline
  • Understanding the origin & essence
  • Call to reduce Yaoshang days: Make it 3
  • 8th AMWJU Sports Meet : Gallery
  • March Calendar for Year 2018 :: Tools
  • Yaoshang Thabalgi Sen Khaiba #2 : Gallery
  • Stop this shaming of menstruation
  • Yaoshang Greetings from BJP Manipur
  • Self-conscious manhood: Find true self
  • Parl Secy: To be or not to be ?
  • Holi colours can cause side-effects
  • Equality matters
  • Creating nuisance on the roads
  • Lui-Ngai-Ni @Longmai (TML) #3 : Gallery
  • Cultural @ Republic Day #2 : Gallery
  • Nonsense is Sense : Guv's attention invited
  • Protection of Human Rights: Resolution
  • Protection of Human Right Defender: Meet
  • Mapithel dam chapter before NGT
  • GOC 3 corps calls on the Governor
  • Gangnam style is better
  • From boycott call to verbal duel: NPF, BJP
  • Festival of Colours to Sports Festival
  • Food Processing Training @Oinam : Gallery
  • Time to ban malicious Moreh products
  • Cry of a Dying River - 20 : Poem
  • Training prog on Food Processing at Oinam
  • One year - now a doomsday ahead..
  • Thought on full five days of Yaoshang
  • Loree Kaju Luita Phanit #3 : Gallery
  • Yaoshang Thabalgi Sen Khaiba #1 : Gallery
  • Lui-Ngai-ni Token Celebration at Chadong
  • Sannaroisingee Numit 2018 : Gallery
  • Students @ Class X Exam #1 : Gallery
  • AoNna tEnaba :: Seireng
  • Thanga Keithel : Gallery
  • Indo-Naga Talks 2017 :: News Timeline
  • Temples of Manipur : Gallery
  • Singcha Wuya Won @Kamjong #5: Gallery
  • Recipients of Akademi Awards for 2014
  • Old Manipuri Movie #1 :: eRang Classic