It’s in his name. There is no doubt about what March 8 universally means.
International Woman Day
However, many men consciously and unconsciously shift narratives to gender that it is not currently about – for example, PTI Senator Dr Faisal Javed used the hashtag #HappyWomensDay to talk about Imran Khan and his struggle and his achievement.
“Who can pay the greatest tribute to a woman besides Imran Khan who saw her mother die of cancer & opened a hospital after her name paid great tribute – SKMCH being the only cancer hospital in the World to provide free care to more than 70% of patients, “tweeted the senator.
Let’s pause here to remind everyone what it is About International Women’s Day:
* International Women’s Day is a global day to celebrate social, economic, cultural and political achievements woman. The day also marked a call for action to accelerate gender equality. Significant activity is witnessed around the world as groups gather to celebrate woman achievement or rally for woman equation.
Marked annually on March 8, International Women’s Day is one of the most important days of the year to:
- celebrate woman achievement
- raise awareness about woman equation
- lobby for accelerated gender parity
- fundraising for a woman-focused charity
Before the troll brigades got ready, nothing would undermine Imran Khan’s contribution to society by establishing the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Research Center and Hospital. But can Dr Javed, on a day dedicated to celebrating women and talking about their struggles and achievements, not hold back from paying tribute to Imran Khan?
Yes, previous tweets of the day included one about the woman’s “selfless spirit of service” and one in honor of Fatima Surayya Bajia.
But that’s just lip service in case you don’t get it What today about and really understand the conversation that was supposed to take place.
First, Senators – and anyone else looking to become allies – can take a hint from here:
“Celebrate women’s achievements. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.”
An example of what you can do from within Dr Javed’s party is MNA Asad Umar, who chose to highlight the role of female PTI members and their “integral” contributions.
“We wouldn’t be where we are without the contributions of these women,” he tweeted.
It comes back to the same thing: really understanding what the day is all about and why women line up. Don’t just stick to posters – and even if you do, instead of insulting them, try to understand what frustrates women to the point that they have to write something ‘cheeky’ to get people’s attention.
Men, you have all the right to compliment each other and compliment your accomplishments, but take this day (one in 365 days is not much to ask) to focus on the women in your life – what they have achieved, what they want to achieve, what’s holding them back?
Women continue to fight for their place in offices, public spaces, politics, schools, on public transport – and when we say this we mean without have to deal with hatred of women or harassment – and on Women’s Day, they still try to convey their narrative without all the extra chatter that drowns them out.
Give them space, let them be heard.
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