Women’s Day 2023 in Pakistan | Al Sadat Marketing
Introduction to Women’s Day
Women’s Day is an international event observed every year on March 8th to raise awareness of topics like gender equality, reproductive rights, violence and abuse against women. In addition to being a fundamental human right, gender equality offers a solution to many of the world’s most pressing problems. But the most pervasive violation of human rights in our time holds back half of mankind, according to United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres.
History of Women’s Day
Originated from labour movements in North America and Europe in the early 20th century. The New Zealand based movement for equal voting rights for all women sparked the universal female suffrage movement.
The Socialist Party of America allegedly staged the first “Women’s Day” on February 28, 1909, in New York City. German delegates to the 1910 International Socialist Women’s Conference were motivated by this to suggest that “a special Women’s Day” be held yearly but without a defined date. The first protests and celebrations of International Women’s Day took place across Europe the following year. IWD became a national holiday on March 8 following the suffrage of women in Soviet Russia in 1917 (the beginning of the February Revolution).
Women’s Day 2023 Holidays Around the World
International women’s Day is celebrated as a national holiday in Afghanistan, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Germany (only in Berlin), Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, and other nations observe. Whereas in some countries like Bulgaria, Vietnam, Australia, Cameroon, Croatia, Romania, Bosnia, and Herzegovina IWD is not an official public holiday.
How is Women’s Day Celebrated Around the World
Despite legal status in most of the world, it is common for men and women to exchange flowers and presents with their loved ones and coworkers to demonstrate their equality. It is also celebrated as a localized version of Mother’s Day in several nations (such as Bulgaria and Romania), where kids also give their mothers and grandmothers little gifts.
How is Women’s Day 2023 Celebrated in Pakistan
Like other countries, National women’s Day is also celebrated on 8th March of every year in Pakistan. The purpose of women’s Day is to raise awareness on women’s rights and to reduce violence, abuses and sexual harassment which most of the women are facing in Pakistan and also around the world. Every year some events are organized to celebrate women and to raise the voices against their rights deprivation.
Women’s Day 2023 March in Pakistan
Where all countries are celebrating women’s Day around the world, Pakistan is also having a history of women’s day march which is raising the awareness of women’s rights in society. The Women’s Action Forum (WAF) and the Punjab Women Lawyers Association organized a women’s march of about 100 participants on February 12, 1983, and they marched towards Pakistan’s Lahore High Court in protest of the discriminatory Law of Evidence and other Hudood Ordinances.
That was the first women’s march which was held on February 12 in 1983 in Lahore Punjab
Women’s Empowerment in Pakistan
In both humanitarian and development contexts, every woman has the right to exercise her freedom and to keep herself safe from any sort of harm. Five aspects of women’s empowerment have been incorporated into Pakistan Vision 2025’s goals, including initiatives that support women’s self-worth, the freedom to make their own decisions, access to resources and opportunities, the right and ability to control their lives; both inside and outside the home, and the capacity to affect social change. Yet, women in Pakistan continue to face troubles in accessing these.
In countries like Pakistan, women’s empowerment can help millions of people break the cycle of poverty, reduce mortality rates, lighten dependency loads, and advance global long-term sustainable development. One of the many reasons why Pakistan is unable to grow like other nations is because of the unequal opportunities for females in most of the sectors. There’s a 48.5% population of women in Pakistan, now one can imagine what this huge lot can do if provided with the right opportunities and the freedom to perform.
Women’s Right Violation In Pakistan
In most of the cases females get deprived of their basic right towards education after a certain age. Some are taken off schools at secondary level by saying that education won’t benefit them but learning household chores would. Others who somehow manage to get degrees are rushed towards weddings because of the set age criteria by the society. Some parts of Pakistan are still lacking in the basic awareness of daughter’s rights. Without getting asked about their opinions and consent girls are sent into marriages, even the ones who wanted to build careers for themselves.
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Whereas if we talk about the working sector, where women somehow advance in getting opportunities, they encounter the issues of validation in comparison to their male colleagues. Despite the strict workplace harassment rules made by the authorities, one in ten women still face workplace harassment at the hands of their bosses or male work colleagues. Many women tend to leave work because of such issues. In other cases some women are asked to make a choice between their careers and homes. And they definitely have to choose home because of societal pressure.
These issues make a huge ratio of women go into junk, because they are unable to pursue their careers or work according to their choices so ultimately their talent and productivity gets in vain. Such issues need to be addressed so the women of our country can help out the next generation in becoming well aware and educated as well as play their part in the economic growth. Women tend to hold the superpowers of working simultaneously as well as intellectually, and it would be a shame if their talent isn’t utilized.
Women Star Achievers of Pakistan
Talking about the female dominated professions Pakistan does offer a range of platforms where the females are playing the main roles and are significantly dominated. In today’s world women are very active not only in job sectors but also in the business sector. Same is the case here with Pakistani women, many women are running their businesses successfully at small scales as well as on larger scales.
History of Pakistan is filled with such women who have made unbelievable achievements.
- Fatima Jinnah remains on the top list by her remarkable work in the freedom of Pakistan, she assisted her brother Muhammad Ali Jinnah in every matter and also founded the first Pakistan’s Women Association.
- Arfa Kareem was the youngest Microsoft engineer who was certified Microsoft professional at the age of just 9 years, she also received the pride of performance award by the president of Pakistan in 2005.
- Marium Mukhtiyar is the first Pakistani flying officer, she was the first fighter pilot who got martyred in the line of duty.
- Sharmeen Obaid is the first Pakistani film maker who got recognized at the international level and got awarded with a nobel prize for her remarkable work.
- Zara Naeem is the highest ACCA topper internationally who has received a global award.
It would be safe to say that a confident and successful woman is the result of a father who believed in her rather than listening to the perspectives of the society.
FAQs about Women’s Day 2023 in Pakistan
Q: When is Women’s Day 2023 in Pakistan?
A: Women’s Day will be held on 8 March 2023 in Pakistan.
Q: How do we Celebrate Women’s Day?
A: The global holiday known as International Women’s Day (IWD) honours the social, economic, cultural, and political accomplishments of women. The Day serves as a reminder to speed up gender parity.
Q: When was the first women’s Day celebrated?
A: The first Women’s Day was celebrated on February 8, 1909.
Q: Where was the first Women’s Day celebrated?
A: The Socialist Party of America allegedly staged the first “Women’s Day” on February 28, 1909, in New York City.
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