From breaking stereotypes to self-empowerment
International Women’s Day is a worldwide event that celebrates women’s achievements from the political to the social while calling for gender equality. According to the World Economic Forum, the gender gap won’t close until 2186. The original aim is to achieve full gender equality for women which the world has still not been realized. Islamabad Foreign Women’s Association in collaboration with E Women platform by COPAIR has tended to celebrate international women’s day in Islamabad on 28th of February. The purpose behind the gathering was to highlight the gender gap that persists across the globe. Figures show that globally, women’s education, health and violence towards women is still worse than that of men. In 2017, women’s rights dominated the news. On March 8 people around the world observe International Women’s Day. The pre women’s day celebration by IFWA and E women platform by COPAIR has actually incorporated several activities together in order to underline the importance of the day. According to the UN, it is “a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women”, and yes it was very well recognized during the said celebrations where every women has felt herself being an imperative part of the society, Where every woman has considered herself being a responsible and worthy member of the society. This is what we call the need of the time.
This International Women’s Day, let’s remind our little girls that it’s not about being princesses, and damsels in distress. Let’s tell them instead that they should foster to be literary legends, doctors, lawyers, painters, and dreamers. Let’s teach them to be believers in themselves as opposed to believers in happily ever after and to show them how they can achieve their dreams. The emancipation of women in the Western countries was accelerated by two world wars and a socio-cultural revolution in the 1960s and the 1970s that continues today, but the battle for women equality is far from over anywhere in the world. Emancipation is the real phenomenon once we talk about women empowerment but it doesn’t mean to contradict the culture or norms within a society. Pakistan’s improving record with respect to women inclusion and representation demonstrates a progressive phase of women emancipation. The targets set by Goal 5 of the SDGs, including the elimination of discrimination and violence, abolition of forced marriages and ensuring the access to equal opportunities, are needed to be achieved on priority bases in order to protect the social and economic status of women. Inclusion and representation of women in all spheres of life are immensely important subjects. All this is being done in the form of signing of legislations to protect women from violence, improved role of both media and civil society voicing for the rights of women and efforts being made by the international organizations such as United Nations etc. To uplift the status of women in Pakistan. Islamabad Foreign Women’s Association (IFWA) President Mrs. Mookda Mairue Verheyden in collaboration with E Women platform by Copair has truly understood the current needs and trying hard to engrave the scenarios in which a woman can take a breath of ease with dignity.
Margaret Thatcher once said, “In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.” What else would be more proactive than this? There are lots of interesting and accomplished girls and women. Some are well-known, others you may never have encountered. By honoring yourself and treating yourself with respect, you set the stage up for others to treat you with respect. Developing great self-esteem, believing in one’s self, having a never-say-die attitude and most importantly by supporting other women, a woman set the sails towards true women empowerment.
Celebrating International Women day at IFWA
E women team and E women Founder and President Center of Pakistan and International Relations (COPAIR) Amna Malik organized International women Day Function with the president of IFWA Mrs. Mookda Mairue Verheyden and Board members at IFWA center to show solidarity for reducing the digital divide and raising the voice for gender equality. E women project musical video was officially launched and Amna Malik briefed the women from various foreign mission how the ethnic products of different parts of the world can be introduced in the national and international market and how women can get business through ICT tools. E women online and on-site training modules are supporting 1000 women, to empower themselves. Women show keen interest in this regard. To celebrate the international day women cut the cake with the President of IFWA and COPAIR.