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5 Things We Can Change This Women’s Day…

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RRGwritesInternational Women’s Day is round the corner; and like every year, quite a lot is being said and written about the subject. My view; every such day is a soft reminder to all of us that some things should change, and they better change for good, else, what’s the point in the entire fuss we make about this day! More importantly, such change should bring about simple, yet meaningful difference in lives of those around us…in our daily lives.

As a man who works in offices, travels extensively, meets hundreds of people every week, and observe myriad human behaviour, here are the five extremely easy (and yet, quite apparently difficult for a lot of us!) things I believe we can change, in recognition to the Women’s Day:

  1. At work, let’s acknowledge that women are equal in all aspects, if not better; and let’s do so purely on merits and not merely because some ‘increase-the-female-ratio’ campaign of your organization says so.
  2. Cease our boys-like addiction to pornography. It is disrespectful… and not worth the time and energy either.
  3. While travelling in locals, metro, tube, buses, let’s vacate seats meant for women. And not because it is chivalrous to do so, because it is their right to take that very seat reserved for them. You want to do it even better? Please vacate the seat for a lady even when you aren’t seated on the reserved ones!
  4. There isn’t any real fun in passing on those ubiquitous, lewd SMS-jokes on women; real men don’t need to resort to such biased acts to have fun. For a change, let’s try cracking jokes and laughing at ourselves at times; it is indeed funnier!
  5. Let’s start looking into the eyes of the women we speak with, and not stare elsewhere.

These five changes, trust you me, will be the real change in the lives of the women around us.

With this thought, wish all a very happy Women’s Day…


PS: Only 3 days after the Women’s Day, this image clicked by a commuter inside a Delhi Metro train became viral on the social networking sites… This is what needs to change….image

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  1. Reblogged this on RRGwrites and commented:

    Wrote this last year on Women’s day! Has anything changed?


    March 8, 2015 at 9:51 PM

  2. One more thing Rishi we dont need reservation ! really..
    Not in metro not in office.. nowhere.
    A simple respect will do !

    Very well written and yes as you said it will be same next year also.
    so I would suggest not to make fuss out of some day.. No woman asks for that. We just ask for respect !

    Loved your post btw ! It is really heartening to see men supporting us !

    The Black Sheep

    March 8, 2015 at 11:58 PM

  3. Reblogged this on The Black Sheep and commented:
    Not just on Woman’s day its for all the days….

    The Black Sheep

    March 8, 2015 at 11:59 PM

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