It has been a couple of months into 2018 and things have been so wild, we can only imagine what a roller-coaster the rest of the year is going to be. And when it comes to the lives of women, things could only get more complicated. But we live for the adventures and there is so much to look forward to!
So what do we think 2018 has in store for us? Lots and lots of changes! We mean that not just in the world around us, but in ourselves, as personal beings.
There is no doubt about the fact that things are changing for women. While one side of the story and some things threaten to be an extremely hopeless image, the other side of the picture is slightly more positive. Feminism in India has definitely reached a level where it is impacting people from different cultural backgrounds and economic classes. And this impact, could mean a lot of growth.
Consider the field of health and sanitation. With Bollywood addressing the issues of women and making movies such as Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and Padman, it seems that issues that have been considered a taboo for a very long time are finally coming to light. Both these movies address issues of sanitation and health for women, particularly menstrual & feminine hygiene as a whole. This has given a great boost to the growing awareness among people and has rendered large scale support for the issues.
The fact that the citizens of the country and not just the female citizens have recognized the importance of the issues, means that government policies in this respect will be able to function better and hopefully, the much needed changes and resources will reach women across the country. The fact that these movies have made it to the mainstream Bollywood audience is an even bigger achievement since issues of women empowerment are no longer being limited to the alternative and independent media.
“Mary Kom is a woman who stood up alone in a male-dominated field and fought for her rights and what she believed in. Her story is an inspiration for every young person out there”, quoted Priyanka Chopra.
As a woman, this what counts. Appreciation and encouragement from each other is what it takes to win the very many challenges that come across.
As the world around us changes for better or worse, we, as women, are recognizing our rights. While we may have had a basic understanding of these rights earlier, we are now finally engaging with them directly and discovering aspects of them that maybe, we did not understand earlier. We are learning and growing at a phenomenal pace and to think, a year of growth could take us to such great heights!
As the meaning of consent, personal space and equality gain new dimensions, as women, we are growing into a community which is so close knit and supportive of each other. It is a dynamic atmosphere, and the time has never been more right to take initiative, and claim an equal and deserved right to health, services, opportunities and respect.
As a token of appreciation for the fighters that women are, BOFY, as a platform constantly tries to put in efforts to encourage them in every way possible. Be it leading a healthy lifestyle or hygiene, a perennial matter of concern.
This International Women’s Day, we request you to stop compromising with your health and understand your rights to enjoy a better and a beautiful life and keep wearing that smile, pretty.