8th March is celebrated as Women’s Day all over the world. This Women’s Day is a great achievement in women’s empowerment. This day is a reminder of the progress made by women in health, education economy, politics, employment and family. Women’s Day started with the idea of one day for women all over the world beyond the borders of the country. This day is full of many historical memories. Important among them is the success story of the sweat and power of women over the dominance of industrial monopoly and the support of the women’s movement to improve the amenities and living conditions of their workplace. The idea of International Women’s Day paved the way for the commemoration of the lives of women who had to live in poor and poor working conditions in many countries, which in the early twentieth century Were making strides in industrial development, but even today it is one of the requirements to fulfill the equal pay for equal work which is applied only in the organized sector. A part of it is also the women of the unorganized sector involved in the conservative society. It is our objective to empower the women, working in the unorganized sector, physically, mentally, socially and economically. Ideas like gender equality and sexual justice are often to end discrimination and violence against women is one of the main goals of International Women’s Day.
Human rights have given prestige and freedom in life to all human rights under international economic, social and cultural rights 1766. Both men and women have been given equal opportunities for economic, social and cultural development. Freedom and equality according to Indian constitution As a result of this principle, new ideas, new zeal and new faith have been created in them in terms of women being self-reliant till development does not happen, our society cannot be a full-fledged nation.
The Government of India made several efforts to make women independent of economic outlook, gave women reservation in jobs, as a result, the number of working women is increasing today. Along with this, women are facing difficulties at the workplace.
The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh has always clarified its role for the empowerment of women. To know the status of working women in 2017 a survey was conducted by 7000 women workers by the “Drishti Stree Adhyayan Prabodhan Kendra Pune”, Maharashtra, in which the study of the woman’s education, employment and all-round status was done. This survey was conducted through direct dialogue, discussion, in total 74,095 womens in which the working women came forward. 51% of working women do not get maternity leave, facility of creche in workplace is not available.35% places are not clean. 24% of women do not get weekly off, and 10% of women become victims of sexual harassment in the workplace.
In fisheries sector, 37% of the women work for 6 to 10 hours. More than 82.22%Women in the field of Police,information technology, work more than 8 hours. In the unorganized sector, there is a difference in salary.To address complaints of sexual harassment, there is no internal complaint committee under the POSH law.
Discussion with working women has also led to the problem in the workplace such as lack of security while working in the night shift. The facility of traffic, rest room should be good. Internal Complaint Committee under POSH should be formed from the office of Block level to the Zonal Level. In absence of Internal Complaint Committee, the woman have to go frequently to district or province level office, due to which she feels uncomfortable and mentally harassed, the woman does not want to argue even after being tortured.
Due to the Corona epidemic, women working at home have to face domestic violence. To prevent domestic violence, a support committee should be formed up to the block level. A welfare board should be set up for womens assisting in for domestic work as huge number of womens are doing such kind of work. Bidi Industry shall implement the COPTA Act made in the year 2003 with new provisions.If Bidi industry is closed this will lead to job loss for crores of womens. When we empower women and make them finacially independent in Bidi Industry then only we will be able to move forward in the true sense.
With the work of Anganwadi women and helpers, our new generation is creating a bright future for the nation. But the Anganwadi worker and helpers working hard all day are not getting the minimum wages as of now.
Women workers working inside the mine have constant fear of safety.
Today more than 20 percent women working in the transport sector, do not get rest room with safety and convenience, so they do not feel safe, they need safe and comfortable rest room.
At the time of the corona epidemic we have seen the pathetic condition of migrant workers, the condition of the woman accompanying them was more serious, they would not have had to face that pathetic condition if they had been registered, so the migrant workers should be registered immediately.
It is necessary to think about the status of the working woman as well as the woman working in the household, in the national production, the value of the labour of the woman working in the household must be determined.
Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh has organized programs on the occasion of World Women’s Day on March 8, 2021, on the occasion of World Women’s Day, attracting the attention of district administration, industrial owners, state and central government, and to get the solution of the problem. With above mentioned objective, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh will celebrate womens day this year.
Neeta Vivek Chobe
Vice President, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh