By Rachid Madani
By Rachid Madani
Morocco World News
Casablanca, March 8, 2013
Every year on March 8, women all over the world celebrate International Women’s Day. On this day, celebrations take different forms and the media highlights women and their importance in society, and how their rights need to be recognized and female roles in government expanded. But, I always wonder if women really need just this day to secure their rights.
It’s true that in developing countries, women are still oppressed and don’t fully enjoy their rights, especially in rural areas. There is still work needed to be done in order to help women obtain the acknowledgment in society. However, it’s not only on March 8 that women could highlight their rights.
Women are mothers, sisters, wives, and every day should be theirs. Women are to be celebrated and crowned, not because of what they do for society, but for their inevitable presence. Men as well are fathers, brothers, husbands and their presence in society is equally important. Every day is a day to celebrate humanity, a day to embrace both genders. Mutual respect and love is to be spread every day, every minute and every second.
It’s to be acknowledged that there are a lot of men in Morocco and elsewhere that still underestimate women and don’t give them the position they deserve. In the worst cases they are a victim of gender violence. But does this mean that all women are oppressed? Many women have earned important posts in various fields and proved that they are as good as man, if not better.
If this International Women’s Day is necessary, why don’t we choose also men’s international day in which we can celebrate their achievements?
Both genders need to recognize each other as complementary and that every one of them is in need of the other. What should guide their relation is appreciation, mutual respect and reverence. This recognition is to be built on a daily basis not just once a year.
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