I have yet to come across a woman who would rather be a man. But I have heard of women who often under very dismal circumstances curse their fate being born a woman, and yet they pray to women deities in temples and shrines. Women do not have it easy, never did. Even in the most advanced economies, women have had to walk that extra mile to be given their due and recognised for their accomplishments. It is our truth and one that we have over generations fought hard to change and find our place as equals in this world.
A huge number of women today have shifted roles from primarily being home makers and caretakers to being dynamic forces in the workplace and the political sphere searching for flexibility and career fulfillment and becoming warriors of social change. And they do this even as they look after their families and homes.
Being a woman is a privilege. This privilege comes from the knowledge that there is nothing that she cannot do, or achieve. The only weakness perhaps, she often forgets about her merits.
We have come far but we have a long way to go, and in this journey to equal opportunity and space, I am happy to see many men join forces with women to build a more equal world.
Every life is a journey of pain and joy. There are times and circumstances that will test you, push you and mould you in different ways. It’s true for men and for women. It’s just life’s way. But what I find especially true for women is their quiet strength, their brave heart, their ability to love even when broken, their sense of responsibility and sacrifice, and their capacity to forgive.
Together, may we seek consciously to allow the emergence of a kinder and more compassionate world.