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Wore Pink and Took Back the Streets..

I just came from may be one of the most inspiring programs I have ever attended. I am still thinking “I wish there was something more.” The program was dedicated to all women of the world and to celebrate the women power through speeches, presentations and drama. Honestly, I have no words to describe how thought-provoking and inspiring it was to see everyone together rejoicing the reality of being a woman. I met with Malali Joya from Afghanistan. I met Aung Sang Suu Kyi from Myanmar. I met Parijat from Nepal. And at one point I met myself. A poem recited by one of the teachers that was dedicated to all women made me speechless. Seeing our male teachers on the stage showing their support for women was very inspiring. They sang song of R-E-S-P-E-C-T. While many women might have been being harassed, abused and some even killed around the world, we were celebrating our day, the WOMEN’s day. But, I was privileged to at least realizing these social truths while listening to some stories of hope, struggle, faith and perseverance.

Prior to the program, we had a march out on the street. We wore pink today. Though it is the so called most-anti-feminist color, it did not matter because we wanted to show our unity with the color that society recognizes as ‘feminine color’. It was not symbol of anything but our unity. In street of Bangladesh, where we rarely find women walking with chin up and fearless, we walked with burning candles in our hand singing songs of “Women United, Never Divided.” We had our face up, courageous mind and high voices against staring eyes and yelling Hi and Hellows of curious-ignorant-dominating-carefree men. It was a real great experience to me, and I believe for people on the street as well. Women all around, chanting and lifting their candles high…Some men might have ignored the fact because they were busy. Some might have told people nearby that we have gone mad…these women! Some might even have noticed all women of different colors: white, albino and black…American, Bangladeshis, Chinese, Afghanistanis, Pakistanis, Nepalese, Indians… and Some might have had no idea what was going on because most probably they did not know today was women’s day because they are too busy figuring out what the women in their house will cook if they don’t earn much today. We took the streets tonight and ruled it for about 30 minutes. All those fractions of time, we had a sense of victory and we did not care for what people shouted, yelled at us or murmured among them. We were happy at least we could make our voices heard.

Today, I thought of my mother who might be sleeping at this time, when her daughter is contemplating thoughts on status of women around the world. This day means nothing for my mother but the way she was raised me and shared her wisdom, she matters a lot to me on this day. I also thought of women in my country, most of whose voices have been silenced. This day does not matter to them as well but they matter to me because I believe I represent them in my works and words. Lastly, I thought of those women all around the world for whom this day might have no meaning because they have so many chores and works to do rather than celebrating women’s day. Then I thought may be celebrating women’s day by organizing a program or social gathering and talking about inspiring women is just a beginning. The real beauty of this day’s celebration lies in every woman of the world and in their hearts. I believe women’s day will truly be a success only when each and every woman in the world knows how important they are and the importance of this special day.

P.S I could not stop myself from writing. Sorry this is too long.


Nicole Pampanin's picture

Wow, thank you for sharing

Wow, thank you for sharing your story. It sounds like this program was very inspiring and I am happy that you were able to take advantage of such an amazing opportunity.


jadefrank's picture

Celebrating Women

Hi Prabi,

So good to hear from you - especially on such an important day! I loved reading your journal. From your words, I can feel your excitement, passion and commitment to the women's movement. I loved so many things about this journal.

"I met with Malali Joya from Afghanistan. I met Aung Sang Suu Kyi from Myanmar. I met Parijat from Nepal. And at one point I met myself." This rings true for me, and I think many women around the world. When I first joined World Pulse and started meeting amazing grassroots leaders worldwide (like you) and deepening my relationship with the women's movement... I learned so much about myself in the process.

I love the images in my mind of you and so many other global women marching in the streets and celebrating, while men looked on in confusion or oblivion... though now more aware of the powerful presence of women.

And I love how you are celebrating on behalf of your mother and other Nepali women who are so strong and so valuable, but have yet to acknowledge or take on their role as leaders and as equal members of society.

Beautiful post!


Phinnie's picture

Amazing Celebration!

Hi Prabi--
Thanks so much for sharing this powerful story of women coming together in a visible, powerful way!
PEACE, Phinnie

Nusrat Ara's picture

Thanks for the post. It is so

Thanks for the post. It is so good to see women celebrating in thier own ways.



Hey Prabi,
Truly, yesterday it was an amazing program. I think, many of us liked it. We should plan some more programs in future. I really loved you speech as well! It was impressing all of us. Thank you for sharing here.

Umme Mahbuba's picture


Love your writing Probi.......... you said almost all the things that we did in the International Women's Day. Please do not stop yourself from writing as we have to write more and more about women until all the men and women are not united. We will make and re-write the history as we did a history in Chittagong in the International Women's Day.

Khushbu's picture

Thank you

Hey Prabi

Thank You Prabi for this beautiful post. Your excitement and happiness over the program is so evident. Thanks a ton for sharing this with us.

Thank you for remembering so many ppl on this day:)

Lots of love


Khushbu Agrawal

JaniceW's picture

Beautifully written

I felt I was there with you and shared in your joy of all women around the world. Your enthusiasm is evident and I love that you ended with "I believe women’s day will truly be a success only when each and every woman in the world knows how important they are and the importance of this special day."

What a beautiful way to come together in celebration!

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