International Women’s Day

It’s a big day for countless organisations that are big on CSR and Inclusion and Diversity. Heck, even men who appreciate and respect the opposite sex go out of the way to post stories and messages on socials. Heck, I’m all for celebrating events that honour and appreciate diversity!

But what compels our culture to celebrate the women-folk when we recognise, admire, and cheer for them each and every day? I mean don’t we all celebrate womanhood? And even if you think otherwise, do you think dedicating a single day in a year to woman fixes everything?

I know that’s not the point or perhaps, I’m missing the point. Nonetheless, my naïveté finds this focus on women’s rights polarising. It assumes a lot of things that may/may not be true or applicable to the modern society.

Maybe men should strive for gender equality while removing the negative images and the stigma associated with “their kind” in our society? But wait, International Men’s Day isn’t yet recognised by the UNESCO yet. Why? I don’t know and I don’t want to find out.

I believe we’re better served celebrating humanitarian values than a particular sex, group, community, religion, or cult. We all were born humans but become someone else either by choice or circumstances. What choices do we have right now to appreciate our fellow human beings? A lot, if only, we care to think past our rights and privileges.

By Sunil Nair

Nurturing leaders of tomorrow.

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