Let me take you 40 years back, when two shy high school girls walked to school and were harassed and taunted by neighbors for going to school.
Now let’s get back to the present, where two high school girls where they are preparing themselves for further education in Medical and Engineering. That is a huge step. A positive change.
40 years back my mom and her sister were taunted for going to school, today my daughters complain that I harass them to study all the time.
Women’s lives have definitely changed today. From being kept behind the curtains doing only domestic duties in the past, women today are an integral part of today’s society.
In the game of chess, the strongest piece is the Queen because while the King takes one step at a time, the Queen does whatever she wants. Most women, if not all today have fought for that freedom.
Having said that, women still have a long way to go, but the condition of women to some extent has certainly improved. This I personally feel would not have been possible without the help of a few Men who have supported and backed us in this fight for freedom and equality. For me Women’s International Day is not only a day to celebrate women but also a day to honor those strong men who have been strong supporters and facilitators for women empowerment.
First and foremost, I would like to thank the man in life, my husband Althaf for standing by me and believing in me, even at times when I doubted myself. Being the only man in our house he has been the pillar of strength to me and our daughters.
So, to all those wonderful men out there, thank you for the support.