Happy Women's Day- Men should break the patriarchal system PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 08 March 2014
Press Statement: 8 March 2014
Happy Women's Day- Men should break the patriarchal system

March 8, is the International Women’s Day, which is a day to remember and honor the world women’s contribution towards the working class. The first Women International Day was celebrated in March 1908 in New York where on that day 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.  International Women Day was celebrated in various dates since March 1908, where women involved in various strikes, fight for equal rights including the right to vote and stand for political office till 1917.


International Women Day 1917 is the most significant day where the world declared March 8 as the International Women Day. It was due to a four days strike organized by the Russian Women textile workers for “bread and peace” protesting the death of over two million Russian soldiers in war. The strike continued till the provisional Government of Russia granted women the right to vote. This strike was also the beginning of the Russian revolution. The date the women's strike commenced was Sunday 23 February on the Julian calendar then in use in Russia and in the Gregorian calendar in use elsewhere it was 8 March. 

Women’s day is a day of struggle for the rights of women. Despite more than a century of struggle, despite many heights women have reached, but the basic right of women for equality, against violence, against  sexual harassment, freedom from sexual crimes, equal participation at workplace and politics is still not reachable.

Religious beliefs has been a major obstacles for women to break out off. If they were found too liberal by the religious fundamentalist, they will be shamed. Sisters In Islam (SIS) has played an important role to provide an alternative thinking on the perspective of the public on women and religion where they often find themselves being the target of right wing  group like Perkasa.

The patriarchal system is still flourishing in our communities. Women are labelled the home maker where their world surrounds the house especially the kitchen. We should refrain from telling the women to liberate themselves but tell the men to come out from the patriarchal mentality and practice the attitude of sharing the responsibilities together in a family.

Women must take action together with their male counterparts to make the nation and world more gender equal for the future generation.

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