Women's Day special: Empowering women is empowering humanity




Grace Pinto

Managing director
Ryan International Group of Institutions


Mar 8: "No development tool is more effective than education of girls and empowerment of women." This statement of Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of UN throws light on the significant role bestowed upon women in our society. Such statements and testimonials simply encourage effective action for advancing and recognizing women and their ability to make things happen.

Today on March 8, the International Women's Day will give an opportunity for everyone to celebrate the achievements of women and their commendable contribution in various spheres all around the world. Recalling the great historic conference of Beijing in 1995, where 189 governments adopted a visionary roadmap for gender equality, this year, the UN Women organization will celebrate the International Women’s Day with a wonderful theme "Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!" This day will celebrate many women achievements that have come since then and recognize challenges, and spur needful action to address the gaps that still deprive women on their right to live a dignified life. Once again UN Women Organisation will re-energize the vision and picture a world where women and girls have equal rights, freedom and opportunity in every sphere of life.

It is quite apparent that women are increasingly taking leadership in the global economy, as both employees and entrepreneurs. Various surveys have noted that companies with more women on their boards have higher returns to shareholders and those countries with higher levels of gender equality have higher economic growth. Education has indeed given a huge breakthrough to a large number of women to take a lead in enhancing the economy and stimulating growth. It has been forecasted that nearly one billion women will enter the global economy in the coming decade and it will definitely bring about a formidable change, dramatically reshaping the world business and economies. While we speak about evolving technology and growing globalization, women contribution is also lending to its development and progress.

In current times, a woman can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education and having an income too. Over the decades much progress has been made; however, there is still a lot of space when it comes to women security, violence and discrimination against women and gender equality. It is time for every nation to come together again for women to complete this journey. Today every country has to renew its commitment and strengthen action towards women empowerment and their rights. There were times when a woman was considered to be diffident but the emerging and developing nations have proved the economic potential and corporate stature women possess. I believe therefore that every woman can make a positive influence not only in her family but also on the entire society. She has the power to transform a society.

On this Women’s Day, I urge every woman to happily embrace to your own individuality because it gives you your own identity. Anchoring yourself to values, use your voice and stand up for your rights. You are born to win, your creator has endowed you with divine qualities of endurance, resilience and faith that can move mountains. Follow your dreams; follow your heart and never give up. Paulo Coelho has beautifully said that, "when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it." Look at history that has witnessed women of great stature. May it inspire, motivate and energise you to do something significant in your area of expertise.

In India, along with the government, there are various organisations and groups working to bring healthcare, education, equality and a safe environment for women to fearlessly exercise their rights. Their laudable efforts need to be appreciated and applauded. Let us together make our voices heard for a better world that will translate the vision of empowering women to reality.

Wishing you a very Happy Women's Day!

  

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  • ad, mangaluru

    Mon, Mar 09 2015

    do women know that there are men in their lives, husband, father, brother, etc.? and empower them ?

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  • Antonio D'Silva, Kuwait

    Mon, Mar 09 2015

    Is'nt a woman already empowered - she gives birth to a man ..... and its not vice versa..... Is there any greater empowerment than this?

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Sun, Mar 08 2015

    HAPPY WOMEN'S DAY TO ALL MY FEMALE FRIENDS.

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  • CA Jennifer Arun Mendes, Mangalore

    Sun, Mar 08 2015

    Dear Madam Grace Pinto,
    Thank you and wish you Happy Women's Day.
    Very good and timely article about Women in India.
    You are one of the best example for us to know what a women can achieve. You are an inspiration for us.
    "Follow your dreams follow your heart and never give up" are really the golden words.
    Your tremendous faith in God is motivation for the whole world.

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  • Alban D Souza, Udyavara/Bajjodi/Mumbai/Doha Qatar

    Sun, Mar 08 2015

    Happy Woman's Day ! . In Every great and successful man there is a woman behind in their life. Great! isn't it. Respect woman.

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Mumbai

    Sun, Mar 08 2015

    Woman is a greatest gift of God. The origin of a child is woman. By sharing and caring, she is able to show to the man, what love is all about. (Sushmita Sen's winning answer at Miss Universe contest)

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  • A.S.Mathew, U.S.A.

    Sun, Mar 08 2015

    Great and challenging article from a very familiar person.

    While I was in Delhi, I was greatly impressed to see the chain of educational institutions led by the Pinto family.

    The Bible verses inside the buildings, as the students of various religions read every day will be leading them to be spiritually enriched citizens along with their greater academic accomplishments in those high standard educational institutions.

    HAPPY WOMEN'S DAY.

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  • steven, dxb

    Sun, Mar 08 2015

    Happy Women's Day!!. I think we need to turn the table around this time. Men are educated in muscular and women in society. Now Every men should get education to respect in society and women should educate for her protection in society.

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  • geoffrey, hat hill

    Sun, Mar 08 2015

    It's said "Women will never be as
    successful as men.For,they have no wives to advise them"
    Happy women's day!

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  • CONRAD/JOHN/TAURO, SHIRVA/UDUPI/DUBAI

    Sun, Mar 08 2015

    And Life...

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Mar 08 2015

    Happy Woman's Day !!!
    Without You we are INCOMPLETE ...

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