On the occasion of International Women’s Day, we are emboldened to reflect on the rights of women, especially the children who are in need of quality education. International Women’s Day is celebrated worldwide on the 8th of March, a day we take as a reminder of our responsibility towards the women we should care for. Women are 49.6% of the total population in the world. Educating the girls and women would be educating half of the world’s population.
What is International Women’s Day?
Starting from the women’s rights movement in the early twentieth century, International Women’s Day is observed every year. Socialist Party of America organized a Women’s Day on February 28, 1909 in New York after which the 1910 International Socialist Women’s Conference suggested that the Women’s Day should be held annually. The day March 8 became a national holiday after women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917. Previously celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries, United Nation adopted the day to celebrate since 1975.
Balance for Better, Better the World
This year we are propelling the movement to build a more gender-balanced world. In a world which is rapidly advancing towards fourth industrial revolution poses more challenges. Women today are more active than ever, both in their society and in the virtual world. To make this world a better place, we have to create the platform where opportunities are balanced, gender-wise. Where men and women can work together determined to fight the challenges of fourth industrial revolution.
Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day is celebrated worldwide through events, workshops, campaigns, seminars, charity, and volunteering. But there are many organizations and individuals who take this day as an inspiration to work all year round. You can become a volunteer for a day and attend a rally in support of women’s education, gather funds so that girls can go to schools, to ensure safe working conditions for female workers, and to stop violence against women. Or, you can become a lifetime donor to keep your support engaged for the benefits of the underprivileged girls and women, sponsoring a child for example. There are active NGOs, INGOs, government and private organization working to eliminate gender inequality and to ensure women empowerment. You can join as a full-time employee to support the cause as well.
Take the Challenge, Act Now!
To encourage and support women’s empowerment through education and employment, we can celebrate the IWD in a more meaningful and fulfilled way. There is never a better time than today. To celebrate the International Women’s Day, you can take part in the process of making a gender-inclusive society. In a world where 78% girls do not have access to education and are not enrolled in schools calls for action. In response to that call, JAAGO Foundation has strived to give girls an opportunity towards quality education. We urge you to join us in our fight to secure the future of girls throughout the country and help them gain their fundamental right to education. This opportunity will help them grow and explore their capabilities and will make you more responsible towards them.
What Happens when You Support Girls’ Education?
Girls are the agents of hope, prosperity and change for a better world. Educate a girl so that she is aware of her rights and freedom of choice and where to exercise them. Through your contribution you can help girls escape child marriage and domestic violence. In the process, they learn how to take care of their own children. Women who are educated can contribute in the workplaces in a productive way. They are also aware of their rights inside the workplace and can create a favorable condition for other female workers. Women can explore what is conducive or harmful inside the workplace and take action accordingly. Women are also the caregiver of children. They are held primarily responsible for children’s nutrition, health, and education. Without an educated mother, we cannot expect an educated generation. A mother who is aware of the risks of early child marriage or premature birth is more likely to help prevent them. An educated women knows what she needs, she can voice her demands in a more articulate way for the benefit of all.
JAAGO Foundation has reached out to invest on educating girls who need structural support. But we cannot do this alone. You can join the movement to help the agents of hope with your generous donation. We become mature when we realize the needs of the other. But still today, there are many who are in dire need of support from those of us who can. Let’s respond to this global call and act for a positive change.