International Women’s Day is celebrated worldwide on March 8 annually to acknowledge the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the globe. It is celebrated to feel empowered while standing up for the Education, equality, justice, rights and freedom for ladies.
As Swami Vivekananda said “A bird with only one wing can never fly. ” Doesn’t this statement be exemplified by India. With the whole world celebrating INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY with great magnificence and show it becomes extremely necessary to just get a flashback to all that women have been through from 16th century to the 21st.
Strangely, whenever the term developing country comes, the term women empowerment somewhere follows, then women education comes handy with it. The simple question arises why do we need educated women for countries development? And the simple answer would be the bird’s phase. A country can never be developed if only half of its citizens i.e. men here are educated, a company too needs to train all of its employees to be efficient. An educated woman brings changes from home which leads to revolutions in the country.
IIM Bangalore started Women Start-up Programme, customized online and classroom initiative designed to enthuse aspiring female entrepreneurs-in-the-making across the country. The programme seeks to facilitate the growth of women entrepreneurs by providing in-depth training to foster and augment managerial and entrepreneurial skills through mentoring, incubation, and financial support.
Of course, when it comes to awareness about Women’s education, it is the rural areas where these are required. From earlier times the situations are far better. Say, in Tamil Nadu, there is a school Narikudi NGBVR school which has approximately 104 girls who have been educated by two Australian women named Chris and Tamara. There are many such personalities which are contributing. But beyond that some government schemes which are specifically for educational purposes like:
1) In the newly announced Scheme “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao”, Rs. 200.00 crore has been made available for strengthening girls’ education in 100 specified districts on the basis of Child Sex Ratio which works out to Rs. 2.00 Crore per district, for instituting district level awards to be given to 5 schools in each district every year.
2) Ministry of Human Resource Development has prepared a ‘Digital Gender Atlas for Advancing Girls’ Education in India which was launched on the occasion of International Women’s Day in 2015.
3) National Scheme of Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education (NSIGSE) provides Rs. 3000.00 which is deposited in the name of eligible unmarried girls below 16 years as fixed deposit, who are entitled to withdraw it along with interest on reaching 18 years of age and after passing class X. The objective of the scheme is to establish an enabling environment to reduce the dropouts and to promote the enrolment of girls children in secondary schools.
And many others described with details on Government website. All the above were the schemes by the Government to encourage education among Women.
Some career options which women can opt for Medicine, Engineering, Teaching, Psychology, Politics, Civil Sevices, Journalism and Mass Communications and many others. Nowadays all the streams have reservations specifically for women like we have 35% government jobs are reserved for women.
Concerned over the fall in the number of girl students getting admission at the premier engineering institutions of the country, the MHRD has decided to admit more women from the 2018 academic session. IITs, 31 National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur (IIEST) will have a Supernumerary Quota For Women from next academic session 2018-19. The move is likely to provide equitable access to girls in the top-ranked central technical institutes.
All these are some information that would aware a woman about what she has been already provided. But don’t you think all these opportunities or facilities are waste if we don’t have that spark to know them or to use them.
On this International Women’s Day why not look into some inspiring stories of girls which having nearly negligible facilities have done wonders:
The story of a girl named Shaunta from Nepal. In 2008, Amy Benson met this girl during the making of a promotional video for her NGO. A girl of a mother who was married at 14 was an indeed a bright student. With such a poor financial condition she never gave up her determination to study and hence, was offered scholarship by the same NGO. And while was in 7th grade she was the most educated person in her village.
There are several stories of known and famous women like Kalpana Chawla, Mary Kom, Dr Tessy Thomas, but such stories of random rural girl truly inspire all the women sitting at their homes doubting themselves.
Another such story of a girl named Arunima Sinha who was National Volley Ball player but was pushed from train by some robbers and lost her leg, she was operated without anesthesia and that was the time she determined to submit Everest and She excelled in the basic mountaineering course from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi, and finally Sinha reached the summit of Mount Everest at 10:55 am on May 21, 2013.
Isn’t her story inspirational, a girl who lost her leg determined to reach the summit.
Here is a message to all the women, the entire world will know your worth only if you know yours. While women have proved themselves as fierce fighters, don’t wait for someone to inspire you or don’t wait for a push, give yourself that push.
Find your inspiration in some or other girl beside you. And never forget “One girl with courage is a revolution“. AfterGraduation team wishes all our audience to respect women in all the form in anyone’s life—be it their wife or girlfriend, mother or sister, teacher or friend. It is not the individual or a government duty, it is a collective effort of people – men and women alike – worldwide that we can observe and made this beautiful day “International Women’s Day” a reality.
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