Today is International Woman’s Day.
Yes yes, we, often called the fairer sex, need a special day to celebrate our womeness or something.
When you grow older, I hope you folks celebate a International Man’s Day as well…I mean why leave them out right?
Its 2013, and 13 years into the so called 21st century, new age and all that, and yet I can give you instances where I feel that we are still stuck in the Middle ages. Life for a woman is still not easy, at least not in a country like India.
It saddens me at times when I think I have to bring you up here. I am hoping and praying that you learn from your thatha thathi and from Appa and I, that there is no difference between a girl and a boy.
Its funny that I have to keep telling people that we women dont need special status. We dont need ‘any kind of status’ we just need to be left as us. As a fellow human being with a different anatomy.
I hope by the time you are 31, you live in an India where there will be equal number of girls and boys.
I hope you live in an India where women are not worshipped or treated as special Goddesses, but treated as human beings
I hope you live in an India where you dont have to struggle that additional bit to prove that you are equally capable as the guy next door
I hope you work for a company which realises that work life balance is not important just for a woman but also for a man
I hope you bring up your kid where your partner is 50% responsible for the upbringing
I hope you live-in in an India where people dont expect you to have a spouse 🙂
I hope you rejoice the birth of a child where people celebrate the birth of a girl as much as a boy
I hope you vote in a parliament where there is no 33% reservations for women
I hope you board a BEST bus which does not carry carry the special ‘ladies seat’
I hope you travel in a Bombay local which does not need special ladies coaches or special ladies special trians
I guess this may seem really weird for you to read when you turn 31, but honestly R, I do wish its true.
I often have argued with people that why cant a girl do what a boy can do?
I am hoping that Appa and I can provide you an environment which makes you understand that it doesnt matter whether you are a girl or boy, whats important is whether you are a good human being…
Remember, there is nothing you CANT do, nothing you CANT achieve and nothing you CANT get…
All it requires is sincerity, hardwork and a little bit of smartness.
Hopeful about the future
PS – Happy birthday Cousin K
PS 1 – read my letter to Marissa Mayer on IMC (http://www.indianmomsconnect.com/2013/03/07/dear-marissa-mayer/)
ETA: Since I missed this today morning, adding this as an entry to the ‘Celebrating Girls, Celebrating Women’ Contest on the Womensweb. (http://www.womensweb.in/articles/celebrating-girls-celebrating-women/)