I’m not celebrating because…

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On this International Women’s Day, I’m not celebrating because, I know that it is not yet the time for celebration, there is long way to go.

March 8 is an important day in the calendar. I understand we need to celebrate the journey, we need to celebrate the achievements, but we also need to recognize we have a long way to go.

It has been long that women are still struggling to come out of the gender stereotypes and social norms. It has been long that a lot of people, organizations and government bodies across the globe are working for women’s empowerment. Yet, even today we are not in a position to say that women are treated equally, women are treated with respect and all kinds of discrimination and violence against women are over or even reduced. The fact is women still do not have equal access, rights and opportunities, women are still disrespected and there is still existence of violence and discrimination against women whether at home or outside.

There is a lot of work to be done.

This is essentially why, I do what I do today at Equal Community Foundation. I’m doing my bit to contribute towards the solution.

How about you? What are you doing?

– Anjana Goswami, Programme Manager – Action for Equality

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