PWC Ladies Celebrate International Women’s Day - By: Aymen Zaheer and Asma Tariq


International Women's Day (aka: IWD) is a global day celebrating each year on 08 March as the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The earliest Women's Day observance was held on February 28, 1909 in New York and it was actually organized by the Socialist Party of America.

On March 8, 1917, in the capital of the Russian Empire, Petrograd, a demonstration of women textile workers began, covering the whole city. This was the beginning of the Russian Revolution. Seven days later, the then Emperor of Russia Nicholas II abdicated and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote. March 8 was thus declared a national holiday in Soviet Russia in 1917. The day was predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day celebration is “Be Bold For Change”. It calls on the women masses around the world to rise and help forge a better working world – a more just and gender inclusive world.

Members of Ladies Chapter of Pakistan Writers Club-Riyadh (aka: PWC-LC) are a group of very creative & talented ladies who are very well known in the community for their proactive response in celebrating the international days – especially those days that are concerned with women rights & causes.

All of them gathered on 08 March this year and marked the day with their thoughts & opinion about the day. They had to say the following:

Almas Mumtaz said there were many women among the wives & companions of our prophet Muhammad (PBUH) who can serve as a role model for all women - and of all times. “\we as woman must read & learn about the lives & achievements of the great women of their time namely: Maryam, Khadija, Aisha, Asiya, Umme Ammar, Umme Sulaim, Fatima, and many others, “Almas remarked.

Ambreen Faiz Ahmad speaking on the occasion said that women of any society are in fact its backbone and her role cannot be ignored & belittled. “Women are the reason we have beauty & colors in our lives. Women are now contributing their mite towards development of her family, society and the nation. I recall an adage – Give me good mothers and I will give you a good nation, “Ambreen said.

image Ladies Group L-R Madiha Malik-Farah Ehsan-Asma Tariq-Ambreen Faiz-Shumaila Malik

Asma Tariq said that International Women’s Day reminds us that it was very important & an honor to be a woman. ”It’s a duty of every parent to teach their boys that they have come to this world because of a woman as such they should always be respectful towards them, Parents should also instill in them the teachings of our Prophet who bestowed upon the women the honor & respect that they deserved “Asma opinionated.

Dr. Farah Nadia was of the opinion that a woman has strong will power and that she derives strengths from the times of tribulations. “God could not send angels everywhere so he created a woman – a mother – who is no less than an angel for a new born, Dr. Farah Nadia mentioned.

Farah Ehsan said that it was not right to paint women as weak & oppressed. “We should know that Fatima Jinnah was also a woman who fought with her brother and gifted us an independent country, Benazir as a woman stood up against a brutal dictator and helped restore democracy in the country, Malala faced the challenges against Talibans and won a coveted Nobel prize for peace, “Farah Ehsan remarked.

Madiha Malik mentioned that balance of a family, a society and with that extension a nation rests on the important role that a woman plays in her respective capacity - day in and day out.”Although by nature a woman is physically weak however she is very strong otherwise. Put to any challenge – physical or otherwise, she has the capacity & capability to return a surprise to all, “Madiha Malik remarked.

Madiha Noman said that a woman is an important part of any society and her capability should not be underestimated. “I would like to dedicate this International Women’s Day to Saudi women who have rendered commendable services in all walks of their lives – and that too in an environment & conditions not very conducive in every sense, “Madiha Noman mentioned.

Qundeel Aymen said that women of today have proved beyond any doubt that not only they are a master & a queen of any house but they are equally capable to render any service – in any field – which a man can do. “I am very proud of the fact that I was born as a woman. I therefore would wish to extend my felicitations & best wishes to all women on celebration of this international day for the women, “Qundeel said.

Shumaila Malik was very upbeat about this day and said that a woman has always played an important role be it was as in the capacity of Eve, or Mary and/or Zahra. In Saudi Vision 2030, women’s role in building of the Saudi society has been acknowledged. I would like to dedicate this day all those women who have worked tirelessly to keep their family together, “Shumaila expressed.

Aymen Zaheer and Asma Tariq are respectively members of Pakistan Writers Club and its Ladies Chapter

image Ladies Group L-R Madiha Malik-Farah Ehsan-Ambreen Faiz-Shumaila Malik-Asma Tariq

Posted on Mar 21, 17 | 8:28 am