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March 9, 2012

The 8th of March is marked as an international Women’s Day. This day has been celebrated in all parts of the world to eradicate the male chauvinism against female. International Women’s Day brings feminism and moral support to women.

Although International Women’s Day is celebrated in all over the world, the strong chauvinism is still shown in many aspects of life such as in politics, economics, and in some other social activities that emerge deprivation of women’s access to them.

Why is International Women’s Day Celebrated?
8th of March refers to New York’s fabric cotton manufacturing industry which was a sweatshop for females (they worked for late hours and received very less wages), there was a big bias and as well as a big oppression on them. The only resort they had was to go on a strike. They got success; afterwards, they continued their work without any stress for some time.

It was 8th of March 1908; the females went on a strike because of bias in New York’s fabric cotton company. The owner of the company didn’t want other females to know about the issue because he was afraid of other strikes; he confined them in his building. Abruptly, the building took fire and most of the ladies lost their life only 29 fled the building safely. The ladies disclosed such information to others and afterwards this day was known as Women’s Day.

With the passage of time, in USA and Europe a lot of strikes were emerged. Among the ladies there was a German lady, called Galarz Takin who asked for 8 hours working and maternal leave system for all ladies and it was applicable from 1857 – 1933.

A socialist conference was conducted in Europe in 1910 in which hundreds of ladies participated from 17 countries. They all supported the German Lady’s point of view; afterwards, they marked 8th of March as violence against the women right and male chauvinism.

In 1911, IWD was marked for the first time, by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Women demanded that women be given the right to vote and to hold public office. They also protested against employment sex discrimination. With the time being, Europe confronted with the financial chaos. Females were compelled to abort their fetuses.

From its official adoption in Russia following the Soviet Revolution in 1917 the holiday was predominantly celebrated in communist and socialist countries. It was celebrated by the communists in China from 1922, and by Spanish communists from 1936.

It has been hundred years that this day is celebrated in New York, but there are still many things from which women are deprived.

A council of Afghan clerics recommended restrictive guidelines for Afghan women to not work together with men or mix at school. President Hamid Karzai has endorsed the council’s recommendations, which has sparked a massive debate.

Many have taken a more humorous approach in tackling this issue by creating satirical cartoons.

Facebook and Twitter are used to protest against the rulings.

“Ladies, you should not surface on Facebook without a male partner,” wrote Mahnaz Afzal, an Afghan woman currently working in London.

“We have asked the Facebook administrators to create separate profiles for women. You are not allowed to ‘like’ or ‘poke’ someone on Facebook or you will be cursed.”

“Could I please ask the Afghan girls not to comment on my posts unless they have permission from their fathers or husbands or the Ulema council?” one man tweeted.

“Girls are only allowed to access Facebook if they are wearing their burkas!” tweeted another

Karzai’s support of the guidelines is seen as a means to reach out to the Taliban and pave the way for them to control Afghanistan. Young Afghan women fear that they will be taken back to the bitter time of Taliban when they were all housebound and deprived of many rights.

While the young, educated urban elite of Afghanistan protest against these new rulings, there is the other side of Afghanistan that supports the new rulings, as they believe it is in accordance with Islam guidelines.

“I support the comments by the Ulema council because it is in accordance with Islam,” Abdul Salam, student of Islamic theology from southern Afghanistan.

“Contrary to all the criticism, it will help women to work more confidently and without being exposed to their male partners.”

“We are Muslims and we must obey what Islam and our clerics say,” said Nasrullah Khalid, a resident of Badghis.

“If men and women are separated, I will let my own daughter go and study at university. “

It is yet to be seen whether the new recommendations will be proposed as a law. It, however, has added to an already charged situation of Afghanistan. KP reported

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