#WomanPower – Learning from International Women’s Day; Leslee Udwin’s BBC documentary – India’s Daughter; UN’s Official Theme

In an extremely hypocritical world, we live in, a single day in a year cannot undo the many prejudices that women struggle to cope with around the world!

On one hand, there is massive progression on women’s rights and on the other, parts of the world continue to grapple with women’s right to equality and freedom! Case in point – When it comes to celebrating women’s day, nothing can be more discouraging to see one country propagating women’s right and the other restricting it by deliberating on conservative attitudes towards women! I believe it’s time to focus on women’s issues as a whole rather than focus on the bad in one country or one part of the world. Clearly, the issue of sexual violence against women spans countries and continents.

BBC’s documentary ‘India’s Daughter’ addresses this very clear divide between progression Vs. the misogynistic mindsets more like the good Vs. evil!

Well, I’m not a feminist and I don’t have any agenda in writing about International Women’s Day.. but as a son to a Mother who has taught me to be respectful and grounded, brother to two most adorable sisters and an uncle to a niece, friend and colleague to incredible women in my life – I feel I need to contribute in some way to voice my solidarity. And, I feel this contribution should not be limited to just one day in the whole year. Perhaps, more than being happy on 8th March and launching new dialogs on women’s issues – it’s time to hold a mirror and reflect on the vital issues that are beyond equal opportunities and human rights but are more centered around bringing some sort of uniformity and a new world order in the dissimilar sociocultural dynamics of our societyUN’s theme for ’15’s International Women’s day is Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity!  I guess a good start to bring about any real change in enabling women to recognize their strengths!

A strong reminder of the growing clout of #WomanPower can be assessed by the record number of women who made it to the list this year in Forbes’ The Richest Women In The World 2015   

Interestingly, fashion and technology conspicuously rule the roost in the Forbes list.

FashTech and eCommerce have always been areas that invariably pique my interest. However, outside of the list, I particularly want to laud three women entrepreneurs who are truly an embodiment of beauty and the brains.

This is exactly where I learn not to be classically stereotypical of women and vehemently staying away from confirmed notions and prejudices against women entrepreneurs – especially the notion that actresses cannot be good businesswomen.

Jessica Alba for The Honest Company and launching an ethical consumerism business complete with a monthly subscription model for non-toxic household products.

Gwyneth Paltrow for Goop – a lifestyle publication.

And, Blake Lively for PRESERVE – a site that offers a wide range of American-made, hand-crafted products from a talented group of artisans and craftspeople.

Quoting Hillary Clinton “Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world.”  

The most endearing aspect of this powerful message lies in upholding women’s achievements and competencies and celebrating their growing success in building a new world order.

 God bless Women!

-Amit Anand

In case you wish to watch United Nations Observance of International Women’s Day  and High-Level Thematic Debate on Achieving Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Girls for a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda, please follow the link:


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