Celebrating Covid-19 Warriors This Women’s Day
She is a mother, a sister, a daughter, a wife. There are countless roles she plays in your life. Sometimes, she is your mentor, sometimes your guardian, and sometimes your support system. There are endless ways in which you can count of them. A woman is the epitome of patience and tolerance. She is the essence of life. You are because of her. So, why not celebrate every moment that we get to spend with them! Well, because just a day is not enough to commemorate them. But as a token of respect, we celebrate International Women’s Day each year on March 8th. This day is dedicated to all the superwomen in our lives. One can spend some quality time with them, get them gifts, or tell them how grateful they are to have such a lovely woman in their life. No matter what way you choose, you aim to bring a smile to her face and make this day special for them.
This Year’s Theme
And like every year, this year as well UN Women has announced the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day. And that is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.” As it is quite evident, this year, it is all about celebrating the exemplary efforts of women all across the world towards shaping a more equal future for every gender. Moreover, we will be celebrating women frontline workers who have worked tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, this year’s theme is aligned with the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women – Women’s complete and effective participation and decision-making in public life, and also the abolition of violence, for achieving gender equality and women empowerment’.
We all know what 2020 has brought us. While last year might have been quite nerve-racking and disappointing for all of us, with another year, we are full of hope and yearn for a better future. And to even think of such a scenario, we should thank our frontline heroes and Covid-19 warriors who have worked relentlessly for days and nights to get us through this pandemic. And while we are still amidst it all, with hopes in our heart, we will surely find light at the end of the tunnel. While every country celebrates it in its own way, the essence of the occasion remains the same all across the globe. While some recognise this day as a form of general celebration for women, while some pay tribute to the women in their lives and some show their respect, appreciation and love towards women. However, we should celebrate this day for all of the reasons and much more. Not just for their love and affection but also for their economic, political and social achievements.
Women’s Day History
An effective Women’s Day was in 1975 Icelandic women’s strike that paved the way for the first female president in the world – Vigdís Finnbogadóttir. While some people in part of the world, people celebrate the occasion by wearing purple ribbons. The earliest celebration of International Women’s Day in New York was held in 1909 which was as a Socialist political event. The day was declared a national holiday in the year 1917 in the Soviet Union and was soon spread to nearby countries. And now, as we all know this day is celebrated in a lot of countries all across the world.
Women’s Role in Covid-19 Pandemic
The world would have not been recovered with such a speedy rate if was not for women. The health care workers, caregivers, innovators, and community organizers. It is not surprising that the majority of the countries that are most successful in fighting the virus are all women-led. Let us take the example of the heads of Government in countries like Ethiopia, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Germany, New Zealand, and Slovakia. All these countries have been extensively recognized for the swiftness, determination and efficiency of their response towards fighting COVID-19. More than that, they have also excelled in the compassionate communication of fact-based public health information. However, they still have a long way to go. Even today, there are only 20 countries worldwide that have women as their Heads of State and Government.
There is no doubt that this crisis has helped us gain a whole new respect towards women. The kind of responsibilities that have at home and at work are countless. Yet, the perform all of the tasks so diligently and meticulously.
Celebrating International Women’s Day
One of the most amazing ways to celebrate this day is by appreciating all the women in your life. Take some time and validate their efforts. Just a quick phone call or a mere ‘thankyou’ will do it. They do not want anything in return of their efforts. But it would be great to tell them every once in a while, that they are doing great. Also, be sure that you take proper care of all the women in your life. After all, this is the least you can do. However, you can always go the extra mile to make the feel special. Get them a nice present or take them out for dinner. Celebrate them!
Happy International Women’s Day to all the incredible ladies out there!