This year is the 100th anniversary of International women’s day. The first International women’s day (IWD) was observed on 19 March 1911 in Germany. Initially the day was known as International Working Women’s Day and was observed on the 8th of March every year. This day is celebrated across the country on every 8th March to mark the achievement of women in different spheres of life. I would like to wish all the women in the world, a very very Happy Women’s Day.
In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political and social achievements. In India a week long campaign on women’s health and empowerment was launched in New Delhi to celebrate the occasion. Jammu and Kashmir government has announced a scheme “Anmol Beti” to promote female literacy. An all-women crew would operate a 15-hour non-stop Air India flight from New Delhi to Toronto today.
The other face of the coin shows a different story of our country. India lags behind many countries, including its neighbours Pakistan and Nepal, when it comes to women’s participation in politics. India ranks 98 in the world while Pakistan is placed 51 and Nepal is ranked 18in the list. Another our neighbor China is placed at 55 and Bangladesh is ranked at 65 in this list.Google+