International Women’s Day, March 8th, is supposed to be about freedom, equality, and empowerment of women.
Yet, many different societies have turned it into a celebration of women’s status as is. Honoring motherhood and celebrating love objects are mere praises for the reproduction capacity of women and in turn a promotion of patriarchy. A gift to a woman on March 8 is nothing but a confirmation and celebration of the low status she currently holds in the society.
The true celebration of March 8 should be protests of all kinds against patriarchy and inequality. Think about female foeticide! Think about honor killing! Think about female sexual abuse! Think about dowry payments! Think about the division of labor at home and at work! Think about sexualization of women! Think about gender pay gap!
Think again and time and again about how women are treated at birth, at schools, at homes, in families, at workplaces, and in societies. I bet you will find signs of patriarchy all around you all over the world.
Here is one to think about. Why the lines are longer for women in washrooms? You can come up with anything, but a true ‘gender equitable’ architecture would allocate more space for women’s washrooms, taking into account women’s needs and behaviors.