Press Release: March 12, 2020
‘Investing in women and girls - breakthrough strategy for achieving the long-cherished goals -Dr. Farrukh Khan, Advocate urged on International Day of Women
Delhi/ March 11, 2020
Dr Farrukh Khan, Advocate, Partner of Diwan Advocates and renowned social worker message on International Women Day. He urged for equal participation of women in all stream of life and maintained that without ensuring empowerment of women, long- cherished goals to this effect would not be accomplished.
Observing the International Women Day Dr. Farrukh Khan said “it is time for states and all social actors to take direct action – not only through legislation, but also by introducing social policies, to fight discrimination against women. They must promote cultural change to make equality of women and men a reality.”
Dr. Farrukh Khan went on to say “"International Women's Day provides a great opportunity for each one of us to reflect on our responsibility for working towards the eradication of gender inequality. This is very much true also in international relations, where all must play their part in reaching this common goal. We cannot accomplish sustainable peace and security without the full participation of women”.
Since its birth in the socialist movement, International Women's Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike. For decades, IWD has grown from strength to strength annually. For many years the United Nations has held an annual IWD conference to coordinate international efforts for women's rights and participation in social, political and economic processes. 1975 was designated as 'International Women's Year' by the United Nations. Women's organizations and governments around the world have also observed IWD annually on 8 March by holding large-scale events that honor women's advancement and while diligently reminding of the continued vigilance and action required to ensure that women's equality is gained and maintained in all aspects of life. "International Women's Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate the important achievements of women all over the world and in particular, we are recognizing women worldwide for the substantial contributions they have made and the valuable impact they have had on our quality of life," added Dr. Farrukh Khan.
Addressing the gathering assembled to mark this day at Diwan Advocates- New Delhi office, Dr. Farrukh Khan said “over the years, women's living conditions and social status have been greatly improved thanks to the unremitting efforts of the international community. Women are playing an ever bigger role in politics, economy, culture and various aspects of the social life. The legal status of women in world has improved in recent years, but progress is far too slow. There remains a great deal to be done. We need a major leap, with new policies and strategies. In spite of our proud ideals, world community is missing a leg, and that leg is true equality between men and women”.
He said “in many parts of the world, cultural and social restraints keep women away from contributing to the welfare of their families. Of the world’s people living in poverty, women form a significant proportion. The perceived value of a woman’s work in the home or as a young bride frequently outweighs the value of her education. Nearly 800 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate, and two thirds of them are women”. He went on to say “empowering women through education significantly impacts their survival rate and that of their children as well as the overall health and economic welfare of their families. By having an opportunity to acquire an education, a woman also helps to ensure the education of her own children. Seventy-five percent of children in developing countries who are not attending primary school have a mother who did not go to school”.
Dr. Khan further added “supply of basic amenities like food to children and women who are hunger ridden are one of the key factors which can be very instrumental in fighting the crimes against women and children as well and we call upon the governments and organizations to support such endeavors for larger interests of the world community, which can only be achieved if hunger and malnutrition is eradicated”.