‘How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a naughty world’
– Portia (The Merchant of Venice, 1596)
Fairly 2018 was more than just a year. Throughout the year, there have been on going clamor about women. Whether it was Trump’s Chauvinism against powerful women or Weinstein’s unpardonable assault; everything revolved around women and their unapologetic voices.
It is beautiful to witness the women of now, how they are crashing the doors of patriarchy, coming out from rooms of servitude, raising voices against the delusional rights, and marching ahead the satanic influences.
Certainly, women across the world achieved significant amount of victory, and will remain strongly rooted to keep their glory and sanctity alive in coming years too.
Now, you definitely need to have a look on the major episodes, that brought concrete change in 2018 by advancing women of the world.
“Nari Shakti” – Word of the Year 2018
In 2018, the power of women was not only seen but felt. It was not only physical but digital. Yes, Digital. When Oxford Dictionaries declare “Nari Shakti” as Hindi word of the year 2018. Evidently, we can estimate the influence women are having on the world.
Today, the word used to symbolize women “taking charge of their lives”. Certainly, they are done following the imposed instructions, and finally removing the label of being “Parasites”.
Sabrimala Temple – Women Breaks Faith Barrier
Situated in Kerela, the Sabrimala Temple is one of the religious sites being visited by millions of devotees every year. It is believed that, the hindu deity Ayyappan is the son of Shiva and Mohini, feminine incarnation of Vishnu.
Ironically, Women of menstruating age were restricted to enter the shrine until, two women entered the Sabrimala Temple, and shaken the stereotypical malpractice and created history. However, the Supreme Court of India, on 28 September 2018 repealed the restriction against women, and declared it un-constitutional and discriminatory.
Saudi Women’s Road to Empowerment
Saudi Arabia, Ranked 138 out of 144 countries in the Global Gender Gap Report 2017. But, in 2018, Saudi Arabia moved one step forward in the race to diminish gender disparity.
Saudi women have been protesting for their right to drive. At last, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had to reform the conventional idea, and lift the ban against women drivers, in June 2018. Indeed a Strong attempt by Saudi Women; must be empowering to finally earn the legal right which had been lost and forgotten since long.
Women’s Clan: New Cabinet of Spain
Another history made by the new Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sánchez. Out of 17 appointees, he appointed 11 women in the cabinet. This clearly indicates that, women are as powerful as men in the administrative positions, yet another empowering accomplishment for the women in power.
The action of Spain left behind Sweden and France - having most female cabinet representatives in Europe. It is rightly acknowledged that, women are overtaking the presupposed ideas, and actively participating in positions of high authority and governance.
The more women taking seats of power, the more development it is going to bring in coming generations.
Ireland Lifting Ban on Abortion
Abortion ban, one of the major challenges in the constitution of Ireland. The idea came into action, when a woman lost her life from sepsis, something related to miscarriage. After an elaborated investigation, the abortion law became the issue, the culprit of numerous deaths.
As a result, Irish people decided to vote, and repeal the 8th amendment from the Constitution. Voters walked the way to eradicate the law, and make abortion legal in the country.
In September, the abortion referendum bill was signed, and presently the government is focusing on the new policy and its work-ability. It is also recorded that, health minister would offer abortion services to the women early this year.
Ilhan Omar and Her Historic Win
In the US midterm elections, Ilhan Omar, Minnesota Democratic Congressional candidate slapped all the faces of power mongers, especially Mr. Trump – who has always been quite open about his misogyny, and believed women to be less powerful and politically incompetent.
Last year, Ilhan Omar became one of the first Muslim women who secured Minnesota’s Fifth District Seat. Not only this, Kristi Noem from South Dakota became first female governor, and Christine Hallquist to be the first trans woman to run for governor.
These are really significant gains, and it will keep filling bags in the power circle. As a matter of fact, women across the world are still torching for equal participation, but the midterm election has marked an impeccable change.
Nadia Murad – First Iraqi to Win Nobel Peace Prize
Last year, the Nobel Peace Prize was jointly awarded to Denis Mukwege, a surgeon who treats rape victims, and Nadia Murad, an Iraqi woman captured by ISIS. She is the first Iraqi to hold Nobel Peace Prize, because of “her efforts to eradicate sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict”.
Furthermore, Murad is a human rights activist lives in Germany. She is the founder of “Nadia’s Initiative”, where she helps women and children being attacked by genocide, atrocities, human trafficking, and treats them and bring back their hopes.
Hima Das – First Indian Athlete to Win Gold at IAAF World U20 Championships
The Dhing Express or an Indian Sprint, Hima Das became the first Indian Athlete who won gold medal in the IAAF World U20 Championships. Women across the world are not only conquering the economics or politics of the world but also making exhilarating remarks in the field of sports.
More Power, Less Fear!
Although the list of women’s achievement is endless. But lastly, there is something that needs special mention. Countries like United States, India, Japan, and China kick-started a conversation about sexual assault in the beginning of the year, and this lead to #MeToo Movement. The movement remained a table talk throughout the year, and sent accusers behind the bars for good reasons.
However, last year had been overwhelming, women keeping their eyes straight on righteousness and constantly fighting against evils. Certainly, their power is now visible to the world, and they will keep showing it whenever and wherever it is required.
Happy Women’s Day to all the beauties, hoping to have some more victories this year!