Supporting and celebrating women’s rights is a year-round responsibility. But on International Women’s Day (IWD), which was on March 8, 2020 this year, it’s even more important to take a stand for women’s equality.
Taking this platform as a great opportunity to write something that I feel is most important nowadays. Being a working woman, housewife, and a blessed mother of a lovely child, I would prefer to write my views on “Women Empowerment”.
Here at #Zone IT Solutions, a small Initiative from our side related to women empowerment, we conducted the successful Candidate Connect on 5th of March, 2020 for the mothers who had a career break and are keen to return to work. It felt great to listen to their stories. And I feel fortunate to provide them guidance on “how to get back into the market” and land in their dream job.
With my recent interaction with one of the mothers who took a career gap to take care of her child and family, I was moved with her enthusiasm and eagerness considering the struggles she faced. She is 42 years old and quite updated about new technologies in the market. She has successfully cleared several certifications and online courses to support her credentials.
During our conversation, she asked me nervously “Would I get a job, as I am 42 and competing with candidates 10 years younger than me.” The question was valid, as humans, we take a lot of decisions based on our preconceived notions. In this scenario, it would be “Younger employees would be faster to adopt new technologies, or be more productive, and she has been out of the market, doesn’t have recent experience”
I realized, such challenges are only faced by women in this world and there are many more examples of challenges that only women go through in life.
And they overcome all of those challenges, do you think we should ignore that fighting spirit which could mean a huge skill set to be considered as an employer. Similarly, the amount of juggling with tasks a mother does, is also an incredible skill, which makes them better at multi-tasking.
As a recruitment consultant, this is my role to facilitate and highlight the skills of candidates which makes them a good fit for an employer. However, it is a responsibility for each one of us to give women in our life their due credit and remind them of their strengths.
After coming out of my thoughts, I answered that lady “A woman can do anything she wants”. After hearing this she felt confident, smiled, and said “you are right”. Being a mother, I felt connected to her and it was a great moment of pride for me that I was able to help her regain her confidence.
The empowerment of women is a very important task that every one of us should undertake. This is because empowering women is equal to empowering the whole community and generations to come. There are many ways in which we can empower girls and women and the task does not solely lay with the government but with everyone in the society.
It is said that women are the backbone of any society, so we should develop them from the beginning. But the question arises: Have women become strong? And has the long-term struggle has ended? Many programs have been implemented and run by the government such as International Women’s Day, Mother’s Day, etc. to bring awareness in the society about the true rights and value of the woman in the development of the nation. Women need to be progressed in the numbers of the sphere.
The real meaning of women’s empowerment is to make them well educated and leave them free so that they can become capable to make their own decisions in any field.
In the end- I wanted to say only one line for all women’s in the world:
“Life is tough, my darling, but so are you.”
So, Let’s stand together for a better world. #Happy International Women’s Day to all lovely women’s in the world.