March 8, 2023
March 8 is annually celebrated as International Women’s Day around the world to draw attention and support to women’s equality and their empowerment. It exhorts everyone to stand for change for women of our society and help them achieve their ambitions and fulfill their aspirations. This day celebrates all women and applauds women achievers for their contribution in diverse segments. It also recognizes challenges to spur needful action to address the gaps that still deprive women of their right to live a dignified life with freedom. In this direction the UN theme for the women’s day ‘DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality’ is focused on empowerment of all women and girls through education in this digital age.
Women play a very significant role in transforming society. Hillary Clinton had aptly said, “Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.” Due to access to education, women are able to realize their potential and make positive contribution to socio-economic progress globally. Despite many obstacles, women in India are making every effort to break the glass ceiling. Indian women have definitely made a significant impact with their leadership at national and international levels. We have Indra Nooyi, former CEO of Pepsico, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw – Chairperson of Biocon, Madhabi Puri Buch – Chairperson of SEBI, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan – Chief Scientist of WHO, Roshni Nadar Malhotra – CEO of HCL, Nirmala Sitharaman – Finance Minister of India, Kamala Harris, the first woman to be elected as US Vice President among many other women stalwarts who have made commendable contribution. These are just a few of the many shining examples that only show that women are truly the reservoir of talent who have all the potential to lead and make a difference in every sphere of life.
Women are the foundation of the family and of society itself. She is the architect of our society. Dr B R Ambedkar had rightly expressed, “I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress which women have achieved.” Being a woman translates into determination, progress and transformation. Determination to change every challenge into opportunity, take on leadership to achieve progress and spearhead ideas to bring about social and economic transformation. As Maya Angelou would say, we need women who can stand up for themselves because every time they stand up for themselves they stand up for all women.”
Today on this special day, I urge all the incredible, talented and wonderful women to realize your potential and achieve your aspirations in life. You are God’s masterpiece, a symbol of virtue, strength, patience and above all resilience. Embrace your god-given abilities and talents, have faith in yourself and learn to use them fearlessly to contribute to the world around you. Develop intolerance for mediocrity and aspire for excellence even if the going gets tough. You are precious! And always remember, “Forward ever, Backward never…”
Happy Women’s Day!