This post is dedicated to all the women out there, some of who I see each day and feel sorry whenever they are judged or wronged or abused (which happens almost every single day), just because they are women.
Dear women, don’t take it lightly. The more chances you give to let people tread upon you, the more often they will. So, instead of staying shut and bearing all the wrong, bring the change yourself. There will be many instances when you will be subjected to prejudice. But you must not bend down and bear the brunt of everything. Maybe yours will be the only voice that is speaking for your cause, against the rest of the world, but that is the only one that matters.
- There is a thin line separating the realms of concern and restriction. As long as you know that someone is concerned about you, it is okay. But you should know when they cross the line and it starts choking you. That is when you need to speak up for yourself and do what is right.
- When you are being denied a particular post or position, just because you’re not ‘man enough’ to do it, show the world how it is done. Being woman doesn’t make you the weaker one. If you have what it takes to get that job or the promotion done, do not sit still while it is being denied to you.
- Women are often asked for explicit favors to scale the ladders of career platforms. Why should you let someone violate you for the sake of a job and some money? Let your capabilities and your talent speak for you. Do not let people take you, for that matter, any women for granted.
- Nobody, I say, nobody has the right to violate your body outside your permission, be it a friend, a relative, a boyfriend or even your husband. Your body is solely your possession. So, if somebody is abusing you physically, do not stay silent. Speak up while you still can.
- Nobody gets to decide what you should wear. It is your sole decision. I’m not exactly going for public nudity here, but you get the point. I have seen women being judged left and right on the basis of their clothes. Adorning a saree or wearing capris doesn’t make you any less a woman. So, if you’re being judged or if you witness another woman being judged for what she is wearing, please do not stay mum or play along. Speak up, because you know that it is wrong.
My point through all of this is that just because we’re letting the society wrong us, the number of these instances keeps scaling heights. We are more at fault than anyone else when we let wrong things happen and do nothing about it. Empowerment comes from within. Nobody can give it to you. So speak up for yourself and for all the other women in the world. Because being a woman is not the same as enduring a life-long punishment. Make the world a better place for yourself. Speak up.
Kudos to all the women! Happy Women’s Day! 🙂