It is high time for society to move beyond one day celebrations to deliberate and finally deliver upon serious concerns of feminine world. Feminist world doesn't talk about women supremacy, instead all they ask for is equality.

Renowned feminist author Simone De Beauvoir noted in introduction of her famous work— The Second Sex— “The couple is a fundamental unit with the two halves riveted to each other”. The two halves— male and female— are supposed to complement each other, and this very capacity, in itself, should put them on equal footing at all fronts. However, accounting for actual experiences, impressions coming out of our homes, families, all societal structures, country and world as a whole have been discouraging, to say the least.

Just as we saw #MeToo storm last year, conversations that say of women’s issues have begun to claim their space in Indian as well as global mainstream discourse. For a society as traditional and religious as India’s, these changing narratives point towards a situation where more women are speaking with a decent presence of listeners across the length & breadth of the country.

World over people celebrate 8 March as International Women’s Day with a great fervour. Women related art exhibitions, conferences, debate discussions, talk shows and ceremonial and more such programmes of the sort, make up for day long order of business. Theme for this year’s ‘International Women’s Day’ is #BalanceForBetter. There reside elements of high virtue in the term called ‘balance’ and very likely those elements are reasonableness and rationality. In this article, first, we’ll try to explore the need to discuss balance in gender discourse and, second, what is this balance and where do we situate it and, finally, a glance over way forward.

It is high time for society to move beyond one day celebrations to deliberate and finally deliver upon serious concerns of feminine world. The balancing act is important to get over prevailing inequalities in a deeply patriarchal structure of society. In Indian society, discrimination on the basis of gender is a kind of near ubiquitous phenomenon. Plight of women placed in different situations— starting from birth, childhood, education, adolescence, marriage, family and a coterminous work life, paid or unpaid, to end towards abandonment and death— is a submission to fact that ours is an imbalanced society characterised by highly entrenched bias against women.

This phenomenon of imbalance reflects a perpetual state of paralysis inflicted upon society. Be it female foeticide or nutritional and then educational discrimination between boy child and girl child, further moving ahead things only toughen up for girls as they develop biologically and hit puberty. The struggle continues for the whole long life. The nature of this struggle is exhausting; as for women, more than anything else, it just implies wandering in search for her own identity, far away from any glory or achievement.

However, on the other hand, feminist world doesn't talk about women supremacy, in fact all they ask for is equality. Their genuine will to acquire an equal status in male dominated society is strikingly clear through their ceaseless efforts and commitment to other movements, such as those of margianlised and excluded groups like LGBT community, low caste dalits and environmentalist movements and many more.

It is important to let women to be expressive, educated and empowered. Let's change for better, let's change for balance.

Happy Women's Day, #BalanceForBetter !