March has been the month that annually celebrates women. The International Women’s Day is celebrated across cultures and continents in March. For the longest time, I have wondered why we need a day to celebrate women – what does Women’s day mean? Is it gifting a day of peace and rest to a woman, or flowers and cakes or is it just a namesake celebration to make one feel good about being a non- male?
I often wondered what this even meant, until I had a daughter myself, and then I hoped for a second. As a mother of two girls, I saw first hand that the idea of being a non- male at birth itself is a a celebration in some cultures / ideologies ; while unfortunately in some it is a curse.
And once you have been hit by the reality of being a mother, to a girl child or a boy child, you get shaken into becoming a decision maker for the smallest of actions and words that may mould the child’s thoughts and actions. From the gender equality examples you set at home, when you share the workload with your partner, or you hand in hand parent with your partner, you set lifelong paths of belief systems in your children about equality, power positions, cooperation, collaboration and problem solving.
So, coming back to celebrating women. This topic has become more and more relevant to me over time as questions and thought processes of the girls have evolved and my answers have had to be conscious and well researched. Which has led to me realising that the power consciousness and gender equality in the world has still miles to go, and all this thought change starts with small steps and choices at home.
The pandemic of 2019 that is ongoing has shown us in action the learning from biology about genetic diversity. A more diverse gene pool offers a population higher opportunities to survive stresses in the environment. And extending this also to the idea of world leadership, making decisions with respect to response to the pandemic has shown that “diversity in leadership makes a difference, and the pandemic response in countries led by women has captured the headlines. Yet, research on the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”, reveals that only three countries in the world have 50 per cent or more women in parliament. Globally 119 countries have never had a woman leader as a Head of State or Government. At the current rate of progress, gender parity will not be reached in parliaments before 2063, in ministerial positions before 2077 and in the highest positions of power before 2150.” Source : UN Women
So we started to work through stories of women in history, so that in a world where we need to maintain balance, to make conscious steps to tilt the scales towards equality, so that we may build power, at home.
Starting off the Women’s History Month studying Frida Kahlo
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Here you will find snippets of what this study looks like and our recommendations for studying the life and work of this living legend
Next we study Lt. Gen. Madhuri Kanitkar, AVSM, VSM , the highest ranking woman officer in the Indian army.