A few lines from International Women’s Day in Nepal.
I’m seeing several images posted on social media with classic looking women pumping their biceps and lots of raving.
But, I am asking myself, is this what Women’s Day is really all about?
Is Women’s Day about using brute strength like some men (certainly not all)? Do we women really want to imitate men and how they do things?
Or is it really to celebrate the perseverance, equanimity, subtle strength, and love with which women go about their daily lives?
Do we really want to celebrate our masculine sides or strengthen our divine feminine? Bring that feminine power and way of doing things to a chaotic world?
Do we try to fight force with more force or try to return to more harmonious ways of being?
How do we create the conditions for women to be ensured of their rights to dignity and freedom from fear and servitude? Conditions so that women can voice their concerns and aspirations and have the agency to conduct their lives and livelihoods in a dignified and happy manner?
How do we ensure that some women never have to return to bonded labour (basically slaves) or en denture their children?
I hope that International Women’s Day also reminds women to follow their dreams and aspirations – whether to be a professional, climb a mountain, or raise happy and thoughtful children.