Time to Act
Some religious and political leaders issued statements on the occasion, calling upon people to respect rights of the women.
The International Women's day, like in many other parts of the world, was observed in our State also. Some religious and political leaders issued statements on the occasion, calling upon people to respect rights of the women.
And to mark the day seminars and conferences were organized by a couple human rights organizations and civil society formations. But surprisingly at the official level the event was ignored, not only by the education institutions but also by the corporation that is meant for sensitizing public about gender equality, spreading awareness amongst women and empowering them.
For past hundred and three years, March 8, is being observed across the globe as the Women's Day, to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality. Every year, for past few decades the United Nations has been identifying themes for the day. And the theme chosen for 2015 is, 'Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!'
The theme provides an opportunity to the official agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's), gender activists and civil societies to refocus on the women empowerment.
The day also reminded us of our failure as a society, and the state, in living up to the UN theme for the year 2012, when ICRC had called upon the states for playing a pro-active role for helping the mothers and wives in tracing their sons and husbands who have gone missing in the conflicts.
Thousands of women in our state are suffering mental agony and psychological trauma because of enforced disappearances of their children and husbands. Moreover, many of these women are caught up in the morass of economic and social problems, and we as a society also have failed to mitigate their sufferings.
Notwithstanding the ICRC having 'underlined the duty of parties to a conflict to search for the missing and provide information to the families', nothing substantial has been done for past three years by the State or the Central governments.
In keeping with the UN themes for the International Women's Day, it is high time for the new dispensation in the state to address the problem of enforced disappearances and alleviate the sufferings of thousands of women in the state.