[Following is an essay, I wrote on the request of my sister – it is currently competing for a prize money of 25,000 Rs]
Since the beginning of the times, the role of Women has always been crucial. From providing subsistence to her family to nurturing her offspring, from supporting her family to being steadfast in every trying circumstance – women have always played the role of a wheel without whom the entire axle of life would topple into dust. In this world, each and every woman counts because were they to cease to play their roles, the world would only limp, if walk at all.
Nowadays, when male chauvinism overwhelms the women of the East, where women are still looked upon as an imprisoned bird that does not even have the right to lift a wing – the fact that every woman counts has been forgotten conveniently. The fact that it’s a woman who fosters the very man in her womb for nine months with her own blood, the fact that it’s a woman who encourages the trembling toddler to walk ahead, the fact that it’s a woman who doesn’t sleep at night lest her child might need something, the fact that it’s a woman who curbs her wishes just to fulfill those of her family, the fact that it’s a woman who lives besides a man silently, forgiving all the wounds, all the harsh words that he has ever thrown at her and finally the fact that, word “man” itself is an offshoot of the word “woman” – have all been forgotten.
Marie Curie, the mother of Radioactivity, Florence Nightingale, the mother of modern nursing, Benazir Bhutto, the daughter of the East were all women. Hilary Clinton, the Secretary of State of U.S.A, Sheikh Haseena, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany are all women. The fact that the modern cosmopolitan world leans on the shoulders of the countless women working as officers in army, as executives in the multinational corporations, as wielders of authority in countries, as mighty doctors saving lives, as graceful actresses entertaining the masses, as architects designing grandiose buildings, as engineers harvesting pioneering technologies, as worthy teachers imparting knowledge, as writers and journalist enlightening world – is indeed undeniable and their services to the world, indeed irrefutable.
Each and every woman counts, as each and every woman is putting in an effort, however tiny it maybe, in shaping the modern society, in molding its principles and in advocating the need of virtues like love, friendship, sincerity in this cruel world. Each and every woman symbolizes the fairness of the world, as each and every woman is akin to the fragrant flower that sweetens the entire Eden with its scent, to the incandescent candle that enlightens the people enshrouded in ignorance and to the rushing stream of clear water the chastises the ground of all dirt of social evils. World would be lost without women, its existence would be hollow without even a single woman … thus, every woman counts.