Over 100 years later, one may ask whether the celebration of the International Women's Day is still relevant today? The responses you will read below are those of four millenniums and W&A supporters. They have agreed to share their opinions with you and to explain what this special day means to them.
This special day should give women the opportunity to explain the fight for their rights, while demonstrating why women's empowerment is one of the keys to human development. As Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o said it well : “The condition of women in a nation is the real measure of its progress.” For me, the celebration is a checking line to find out about our progress and a chance to congratule women who have made us proud. I promise myself to follow the steps of my role models and to be one for the younger girls.~Stella Langat , a millennial from Kenya.
"Women, who have always played important roles in our communities, have been undermined because of sexual prejudice and stereotyping. As their mothers and at some extend fathers, their role in our societies is priceless from the beginning. This basic biological fact makes us all very dependent on women. Throughout the ages, women have faced a systematical abuse- and they still do. They had to fight for their rights to vote, a right not yet supported by every country. Notwithstanding the fact that women were the leaders of empires, kingdoms, and democracies of our world, their representation is still marginal.
The role of the International Women's Day is important because it puts a direct emphasis on the role of women in our lives. I believe that Women's Day should be every day. By that, I mean that women should not be abused and be represented in politics, business and other parts of our everyday life. Men still represent the majority in numerous fields. The celebration of this day is very much relevant today as women have won many battles in the fields concerning their rights, but the war (figuratively) is still on.
Many countries, even today, do not pay attention to the low representation of women in key sectors: politics, business. In addition, many countries (for example India) fail to protect their women very well; the abuse of women is, in a way, accepted in these societies. All humans are equal regardless of their gender or their religion. And this is the reason why we should be aware of the problems which women are facing on a regular basis !"~Toni Cerkez, a millennial from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
You might be thinking,” why having a women’s day for an appreciation? What happened to Valentine’s Day and Mother’s day?’’ These days are simply not enough. Women go through so much. This is why appreciation, which eventually encourages us to strive harder, is pertinent every now and then. By “so much”, I mean the pain of child birth, the hours in the salon under a hot dryer just so we can look nice, the menstrual pain, getting nails done and not being able to do much until the nail polish dries out, lest the smudge, taking care of the home, and then still go to work/school.
The International Women’s day serves as an inspiration for young girls and women. To me, this is day is set aside to show appreciation for women from different walks of life. Single or married, working or house wife/single mother. More importantly, the International women’s day brings to light both the negatives and positives of issues or success stories concerning women worldwide."~ Tariye Orianzi, a millennial from Nigeria.
In my opinion, we knowledge women in Kenya, but we never celebrate March 8. This is due to extreme poverty found in some parts of Kenya, and the African continent. I have never celebrated any International Women's Day. Not because I'm so naive, but because I never follow-up with it. I appreciate all women, especially my mum, for the hard work and their great contribution towards the growth of my nation." William Nderitu, a millennial from Kenya.