Every March the world observes “International Women Day”. It was March 8, 1857 when women working in New York city factories staged a protest over working conditions. During women’s history month the world celebrates the courage, foresight and resolve of women. There are many examples of women who have contributed to change the women’s history. Women’s Day is celebrated to increase awareness and knowledge of the historical contributions of notable and ordinary women in hopes that the day will soon come when it will be impossible to teach or to learn history without recognising their contributions.
The population of women is 52% which can play a vital role in the economic, social and democratic development of a country. Now the men oriented society has come to know that if half of the world’s population remains vulnerable to economic, political, legal and social marginalisation our hope of advancing democracy and prosperity will remain in serious jeopardy. US has launched a program named “Vital voice” for global women’s issues which invests in emerging women’s leaders and their works to expand women’s role in generating opportunities, promoting political participating and safe guarding women’s rights.
Unfortunately since the very beginning even in the most ancient history the position of women of pre-Islamic era is evident to all when the daughters were burried alive even in early Christianity the women were regarded as evil tempted, responsible for all of the men. In France, in early Anno Domni a meeting was held as to weather a women should be treated as human being or not? Henry VII forbade women of touching Bible and catholic churches treated women as second class citizens. This is an undying fact that the women the poor nobody being a naive creature has always been at the receiving end. The man who by virtue of physically stronger want to dominate her on all sides.
Unluckily parents also play a prejudice role by expressing good feelings for their male siblings and female children are prevented to come out at any aspects of progress. Since the majority of the Muslims are ignorant of the Islamic teachings and traditions in which Islam encompass all the affairs related to females, men have not fixed the true status of women. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) clearly fixed the high status of the women. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) said, if you educated just two of your daughters you will go straight to the Paradise”. Islam is strongly in favour of the education of women. In Islamic era there were few prominent political ladies leaders and other fought as soldiers along with men.
American women joined the diplomatic services in 1920 but until 1970, a women foreign officer needed to resign her services in order to get married. Such restrictions no loner exist and now today more than 14000 women are serving in the highest posts in foreign and interior services. Now 50% of NASA employees are women and 33% of agency’s scientists and employees are women. In 1998, in the history of space flights the flight director and the launch commentator between the mission control and the crew known as CAPCOM were all females. An American Astronaut Shannon Lucid says in her book ‘while mixing flour, butter and sugar to make cookies I discovered that a girls is supposed to know that how gas is mixed to make water, that was my dream while working in the kitchen. I was only 20 years of age when I received Pilot license and I became astronaut in Mir when I was mother of three children”.
The above narration of Lucid contradicts the claim of men that working women have deprived their families from the conjugal bliss. Similarly in 1995 a 23 years old Norwegian girl Solveig Krey was appointed a first ever women as Submarine Commander who commanded whole of the crew consisting men. Similarly in Asia there are a lot of women who retained the top most leading positions in their own countries and conveniently coincided with both the duties in house and offices and did not bring any cause of domestic wrangling.
Giving horrible accounts against women victimisation a news paper “The Time” from Hong Kong reads, a bizarre adventure of criminal practices against females specially in Pakistan is in progress, physical hitting, acid throwing, rapes and massive rapes and many types of deprivations have become the order of the day. A large number of women victims are hospitalised and die every day but most of the cases are not registered. These reports are sometimes dismissed as symptoms of vendetta. Women have confiscated their true status of inequality, dignity and freedoms in their way to progress in many parts of the world.
— The writer is a freelance columnist based in Multan.