I don’t need flowers, I want equality

imageDid you get flowers and chocolate on the Women’s Day?

It seems like the international women’s day as become a day to celebrate womanhood, one day in a year where all women should be appraised. Many of my friends posted pics on Facebook on the flowers and gifts they received from their hubbies. But shouldn’t they get pampered, receive flowers and be shown they are loved every day of the year, not specifically because they are a woman and the 8th of March is dedicated to them?

The international women’s day isn’t about chocolate and flowers. It’s about equality. “Pledge for Parity” is the UN theme this year, raising awareness to the ever-existing disparities between the genders. Women are not men’s equals in many countries, topics, rights etc.

The international women’s day should be celebrated as a day for equality, acknowledging that both sexes are equally worthy and neither should be treated above the other.

I don’t want flowers or chocolates. In a relationship I expect love and tender treatment every day. I want to be appreciated as the person I am. Love and appreciation needs to be shown on a daily basis. On a women’s day, a romantic gesture from a man would be to say, “Darling, I love you every day and since today is the international women’s day, I’ve donated money to support, protect and empower women worldwide, hoping many more will have equal chances for happiness”

Every day of the year I want women in the world to fight for their rights and for their equality, and I want men to stand up for them. In the spirit of the international women’s day, let’s celebrate and demand for equality.

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Outi Annala

A sustainability-enthusiast with a master's degree in social sciences and experienced working for public and private sectors and for an international Non-profit organization. Writing about life and all that matters in living a life to the fullest. Passionate about engaging the private sector to the development work, promoting partnerships between companies and non-profit organizations and initiating discussion and debates. Excited about life and living it to the fullest.

2 thoughts on “I don’t need flowers, I want equality”

  1. This year I told my husband “no mimosa flowers and no gift”. The date just gets more commercialized each year and Italy does it big with everything from special cakes to dinners.

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    1. Agree, Rowena! I think it would be romantic to receive flowers & special attention spontaneously and at a random date, to show unique and genuine appreciation and love – every and any day. Not only because it’s one day of the year that’s dedicated to “women”

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