Today, International Women’s Day, is supposed to be all about empowering women, showing their value and appreciating them. We are bombarded with posts and quotes supposed to make us feel strong and special. Nevertheless, why do we need an international day to know our value? Why do we need to feel praised for the simple fact that we are women?
What we really need is to feel equal during the 364 other days.
What's the point if we are told that we are strong and powerful, when in fact we are not getting the same salary wage or equal chances? if we are still being regarded as being less valuable since we were born a daughters? if we are still considered as the weaker sex? if we are still labeled with the same stereotypes that existed 100 years ago?
The original aim – to achieve full gender equality – has still not been realized. Women are still not present in equal numbers in many sectors nor are they viewed the same.
On International Women’s Day, women across the globe come together to force the world to recognize these inequalities, while also celebrating the achievements of women who have overcome these barriers.
Nevertheless, why do we – as women – still build our confidence on other women’s misery? Why do we still find women who would rather have many sons than daughters? Why do we still leave all or most of the heritage to our sons rather than daughters? Why do we still raise our sons to be smarter and more creative by getting them toy cars and legos, and push our daughters to be submissive by gifting them dolls and mini-kitchen toys? As if we are tracing to each child their correspondent future.
“We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.” – Malala Yousafzai.
Women form half of our society and they raise the other half. So why not raise them to be feminists? Why not raise them to respect others? Why not raise them to be kind and acceptant?
Today, March 8th 2018, should be a turning point not only to women but the world that is now witnessing many women in different sectors such as politics. For instance, in Lebanon 11.37% of candidates running for parliament in this year's elections are women – a new record for Lebanon and a definite step forward for women. In fact, back in 2009, (the last time we had elections), only 15 women had run out of 702 candidates, which is around 2%. While some might think that 111 candidates being women is not good enough, we need to celebrate the milestone of having that many women run and encourage others for the next elections.
In brief, we should not wait for March to fight for our rightful equality nor to recognize Women’s history.
Today should not be a day where we fight for our place in this men’s world, it should be a reminder that this is not a men’s world, it’s your world.