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Women’s Day

25
Mar

Worldwide we are exposed to different levels of service standards and quality. There has been a huge shift in Industries towards more emphasis being placed on higher profits and lower operational costs.

 In Dubai this is of an even higher purpose for most arriving here to increase their investments to more. I have often been told when delivering Seminars on Service Quality and Consistency that it really doesn’t matter the standard, Dubai is spoilt for choice with 50 Million tourists from all over the world arriving here. Most companies do not even have budgets that would include staff training that encourages staff to increase their levels of excellence.

Companies have in-house training to familiarize their staff on their product and even this is done with a minimal time so they can be added to the machine systems soonest. The most alarming aspect hereof is that the poor staff gets the beating from unhappy clients all the time and if by chance the complaint ends at the Boss, he pretends to be angry but laughs about it afterwards.

The only consistency that I have witnessed worldwide and Dubai, is the increase in women in what was once an all round male dominated industries. Women are growing in strength and no longer accept no as an answer based on gender / sex. They continue to preserve and exhaust all avenues to find that which they desire to do. Now of recent we have experienced Women taxi Drivers who grace our streets with a different colour taxi to identify them from the men. This also allows the Local Client who’s religious beliefs have to be respected and not be in the presence of a strange man( taxi driver) alone.

The concept of an International Women’s Day first came to light at the turn of the century, which at the time, the industrialized world was a period of expansion and booming population growth & radical ideas. The very first documented march was held on 08th March 1957 when women working in clothing & textile factories in New York City staged the first protest. This protest didn’t last very long as Police attacked the protesters and dispersed them by force.

We all know what happens when you tell a women she cannot do something, she go’s ahead and does it anyway. This was no different and two years later, again in March the first Labour Union was formed to protect themselves and gain basic rights in the workplace.

NO later than the  08th March 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding less working hours, much better wages, be able to have voting rights and an end to child labour. They adopted the slogan “Bread and Roses”, with bread symbolizing economic security and roses a better quality of life.

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There are no exact dates or facts on how we arrived at 08th March but To date, we know that In 1911, International Women’s Day was celebrated by German women on the 19th of March, and by Swedish women together with the 1st of May, etc. In short, it was celebrated on different days.

While In 1913, in Russia for the right to vote, under the Czarism regime, the first International Day of Women Workers was held. The Russian women workers participated in this meeting, in Petrograd, and were repressed. No surpise that in 1914, all the organisers of the International Woman’s Day in Russia were arrested, which made commemoration of the day impossible.

This led to a special dedication in 1914, when the International woman’s day in Germany was dedicated to women’s right to vote. It was celebrated for the first time on the 8th March, as far as we can understand, due to the convenience of the date that year.

The celebrations were coordinated by the European Socialists for the right to vote, connecting it to women’s political emancipation, but the date was decided in each country, but in this continent during the war years, International Woman’s Day was not given so much attention.

More documented evidence & reference, indicates the origins of the 8th March as International Woman’s Day, is the link between this date and the active participation of Russian women workers in actions that led to the Russian Revolution of 1917. A political action of Russian women workers on the 8th March – according to the Gregorian calendar – or the 23rd February – according to the Russian calendar – precipitated the beginning of the revolutionary actions that brought victory to the Russian revolution.

Alexandra Kolontai, a feminist leader of the socialist revolution, wrote about the fact and about the 8th March but, curiously, it disappeared from the history of the event. She wrote, “The Women Workers’ Day on the 8th March 1917 was a memorable day in history. The revolution of February had just begun.” The fact is also mentioned by Trotski, leader of the revolution, in the History of Russian Revolution.

The text it is clear that the women began the general strike, going bravely out into the streets of Petrograd on International Woman’s Day against hunger, war and Czarism. To add to this, Trotski wrote that 23 February (8th March) was International Woman’s Day and meetings and actions were foreseen. What we did not imagine was that this ‘Women’s Day’ would inaugurate the revolution. Revolutionary actions were foreseen but without date, yet on that morning, despite the orders to the contrary, textile workers left their work in several factories and sent delegates to ask for support of the strike and this led to mass strike, all went out into the streets.

This history got lost in the official history records of both the socialist movement and history of the period. It is part of the historical and political past of women and of feminist movement of socialist origin in the beginning of the century.

The reality is that women celebrate Life everyday these days by living their lives to the fullest and not allowing anyone the comfort of telling them they cannot achieve a set goal or desire. Universities
are at an all time high and fully reserved for coming years as women take education very serious and looks upon this as their Key to Success and no longer wants to be employed for their looks only!!

Happy Women’s day Beautiful Russia and Beautiful Women around the world!