Today is International Women's Day all over the world, and I just wanted to write about this
massive holiday in Tajikistan and all the former post-Soviet republics. It is widely celebrated and every woman is made to feel very special on this day. However, to my greatest surprise when I arrived into the UK on this day I started sending cards to all women I knew in the UK and got no cards or congratulations back...It didn't seem to be right...I didn't feel special and that it is my day...Now, let me tell you how we celebrate it in my beloved Tajikistan.
This is a typical message and post card to be given to women in Tajikistan.
International Women's Day 8th of March is an official holiday. But it doesn't just start on the 8th of
March, men even congratulate you a week before. Walking down the streets, in the shops in the public transport everywhere men say 'happy women's day'. With your colleagues, men usually congratulate you in the morning and organise lovely lunch for women (not that they have made the food ;). Tell you what - the florists always make huge amount of business out of men buying flowers to colleagues, mothers, wives, sisters and daughters... You will definitely get flowers. And, to my surprise I didn't get any when I was in the UK :))
In the local market women who sell traditional bread were surprised by random men who congratulated them and gave them a flower with a card! And look at their lit up faces of happiness and joy!
However, studying more about gender and learning more about this important day- I started to think and to explain to others that this holiday is not about flowers, or for women to be beautiful, loved etc...It is about gender equality, about our equal rights to study, to get married, reproductive rights and many many more...and about being able to have equal opportunities alongside men!
Thus, every year on my facebook page I write about this historic day, cherishing strong, brave women who fought and died for our rights!
Now, recently Tajikistan renamed this holiday into the Mother's Day...hmm...now how did this happen? You can't just change the historic day for all the girls and women into Mother's day?!? How about the women who are not mothers or chose not to be one?!? So, they are not celebrated?
I just want to congratulate All the girls and women on this important day for all of us. We fought for our rights for centuries and unfortunately still have parts of the world where women and girls don't have equal rights and opportunities...where the gender stereotypes about the role of girl and woman is not adequate! As a woman I will do all I can to promote access to education, healthcare, work etc..for girls and women!
And, I was very excited to hear that in Tajikistan on this day they opened the Museum of prominent women of Tajikistan! https://news.tj/ru/news/life/culture/20180307/v-dushanbe-vpervie-otkrilsya-muzei-vidayutshiesya-zhentshini-tadzhikistana Now, this is amazing and I will visit and make a blog post about it when I visit my country!https://www.facebook.com/guldukhtaron.tj/hc_ref=ARSnwGHbpPhg0hRQUHTup1S2ULVglImZYB4MRNeHPxg9-uMzDsabjqG29qn3Ua-9ODU
Now, this is the images I'd rather see of Tajik women who fought for our lives and gave their lives literally and stood up for the right to study, to work, to reproductive rights, freedom of movement and you name it!
And, today I will wear purple to stand for gender equality and celebrate those brave women and continue their legacy as much as I can! Today, I am blessed to have a beautiful daughter and as a Mother, I will make sure she has every opportunity alongside other boys who do have them! I will make sure my daughter has the right to choose whatever she would like to do in her life! I will not dress her up in princess clothes (only if she wants) but I really hope she decides to wear a batman, spiderman or other such super heroes. ...
And, today I will wear purple to stand for gender equality and celebrate those brave women and continue their legacy as much as I can!