I had just come back from a day trip to Mumbai where I got a chance to meet some customers at a closed door event. We had spoken about multiple issues and I was in the process of sharing this with a colleague of mine when, out of nowhere, I get asked the question, "What does the Women's Day mean to you?"
I realized that this was not related to our discussion but was in context of the International Women's Day that was coming up on the 8th of March. It took me sometime to understand where my friend was coming from, I must say.
Each year, there is a lot of excitement within Wipro on celebrating the Women's Day. This year is no different. All of us were receiving beautiful emails in shades of pink and mauve towards the buildup for the occasion!
But what I had not done was to sit back and give this issue a hard thought - What does the Women's Day mean to me? After some serious pondering over the issue, it boiled down to the following for me -
1. Statistics were not important. It's been 99 years since the Women's Day has come into being - much has changed, but much hasn't. For me, this day reminds me that over the next year I need to ensure that I continue to make a positive difference. I reevaluated myself to see if I as an individual and we as a company made a difference in the year gone by
2. Be happy and be aware. Be happy that the world takes cognizance of this issue and that you are thinking about it. A thought has always been the charge for action. Spend time debating and discussing issues, micro or macro. Be aware of what is being done and what you can do. Be a part of the change - within your ecosystem, company or country
3. Change and appreciate. Biases exist and every step to change those will make us better. Start with yourself only then will your mind open up to possible changes. Be appreciative of people around you. Be part of programs with your community or company that build a positive mind set
Truly speaking, one doesn't need a 'Day' to start any of the above, but with busy lives we lead, it gets us thinking, reading, acting and most importantly realizing that 'We' still may have some distance to travel.
The next day, I went back to my friend who asked me this question and shared my views. She listened to me intently as I spoke my mind. At the end of it, there was a smile and a nod and she said…. "Well, what's your view on Earth Day? I would be very interested in it."
Happy Women's Day