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International Women’s Day: Eight actionable areas for women’s empowerment

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By Arpit Gupta

Today i.e. March 8, marks the 108th observance of International Women’s Day that celebrates the social, economic, and political achievements of all women across the globe.

The roots of this celebration of feminity can be traced back to 1909 when women across America, marched for their better social status and equality on February 28. The event was known as National Women’s Day. International Women’s Day was initiated two years later in 1911 after Luis Zietz, a German socialist, stressed on the need for a global celebration of the event at a socialist International meeting in Copenhagen in 1910.

Even though many measures have been implemented for the empowerment of women in the last 100 years, still there are many issues facing women, which are yet to be tackled. Here are the eight important things that need to be done for women’s empowerment:

1. No violence against women: Violence against women is an affront to the foundation of fundamental rights, women’s dignity, and their decency. Even today rape and sexual violence are very frequent and their perpetrators are getting indirect support of their communities. Men and boys have a critical role to play in reversing the pandemic of violence against women.

2. Justice and security for women: Laws are there for women, but they need to be enforced within legal frameworks. Women need to know their rights and be able to access legal systems. Customs, traditions, or religious beliefs should never serve as an excuse or as justification for any abusive act against women.

3. Expansion of women’s participation and leadership: Women need skills and motivation to lead their lives on their own terms and contribute to all sectors of society. Women are often denied access to business transaction, land ownership, etc. This could be rectified by allowing women equal opportunities in all spheres of life and imparting them skills to take up leadership roles.

4. Involvement of women in all peace processes: Women must be involved in all stages of peace talks as negotiators. Peace agreement offers opportunities for inclusiveness, democratic reform, and gender equality. Gender provisions must be included in peace agreements and given priority.

5. Promotion of gender equality in disaster risk reduction: Women need to be incorporated in the analysis of disaster risk and in designing risk reduction process.

6. Promotion of women as leaders: Women should be given equal opportunities for livelihood, including access to land and credit. Rebuilding in key sectors such as transportation, shelter and health must benefit women. They should be groomed to take up leadership in various initiatives, as well as to innovate and become entrepreneurs.

7. Transformation of government to deliver for women: There is a need to engage women in the decision making process on government policies and resource mobilization.

8. Working together to transform society: Women organizations and networks need to be united in their work towards empowering women.

We must all be dedicated to give women, their rights and make them walk along with men not behind them

The author is an undergraduate student pursuing Mechanical Engineering at IIT-Roorkee. His twitter handle is: @Arpit2476667

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Undergarment Essentials Every Woman Should Own

With the right underwear, you can pull off anything you wear quite graciously, so hurry up and stock up on these items.

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If you don't own a plunge bra already, buy one immediately. It's an amazing piece of innerwear.

The Must-Have Underwear

You may have no idea how a simple tank top can be transformed into a sexy outfit with the right underwear. Having the right underwear not only transforms how you look; it also helps keep your wardrobe simple.

You won’t have to buy unnecessary things to pull off an outfit.

Tee Shirt Bra

Tee shirt bras are among the most important underwear items to have. If you don’t have these bras already, it’s time to get them in nude and black.

These two colors will work with almost every color of tee you own. The no-line cups bra is smooth and perfect for wearing with tees and sweaters. It won’t cause visible bumps under plain tees.

It won’t be the fanYou love keeping your closet updated and full of essential and trendy outfits. You spend hours coming up with the perfect outfit to wear on a date or while out for a drink with your friends.

 

However, people often miss one simple yet important detail. It’s the underwear that makes the outfit work. Yes, you heard that right. A halter top or crop top often fails because you don’t have the proper base.

It’s just like doing makeup: you also need a perfect base layer to make an outfit work.

You can pull off just about any outfit with certain items in your underwear drawer. Ladies, let’s take a look at the essential underwear you must have, shall we?

ciest piece of clothing you have, but it will be the most breathable and comfortable. You will find yourself using it most often.

Strapless Bra

Although the pulling and lifting can get annoying, you have to admit a strapless bra is a must-have if you are dressing up for a special occasion. If it’s annoying, it’s because it’s not the right fit.

With strapless push-up bras, the fit is everything. Invest a bit more in a bra with good fabric and a good style, and the strapless won’t be so annoying anymore.

Keep in mind that you should also get a size smaller than usual when buying a strapless bra. You will definitely see the amazing transformation once you get a perfectly fitting one in your underwear drawer.

Plunge Bra

If you don’t own a plunge bra already, buy one immediately. It’s an amazing piece of innerwear. A plunge bra has a deep V-shaped neckline and a flattering fit.

If you own a V-neck dress or top, a plunge bra is a must. There’s no risk of exposure when you wear a low-cut top or a sheer piece of clothing, and no need for a stick-on to hold things in place. A plunge bra does the work.

Camisoles

Camisoles provide extra coverage under blouses and button-ups. You probably already have a camisole in your underwear drawer. They also work well with sheer tops.

A camisole gives you the flattering shape you want. If you have a low-cut blouse, wear a cami. It will give you the most appropriate look for work because it hides bra straps and any bumps or bulges.

Nude, white and black are the three must-have camisole colors, so stock up, ladies.

Convertible Bra

Wait…what??? A bra that converts? Yes, it does exist, and you must invest in this fine piece of clothing. It works well with almost any blouse or top, provided you have the best-fitting one for you.

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You will definitely see the amazing transformation once you get a perfectly fitting one in your underwear drawer. Pixabay

How does it work? The straps come off easily so you can use it as a strapless bra. It also has hooks you can attach to make it into a cross-body, one shoulder or racerback bra, depending on the clothing you choose to wear.

Shapewear

You can always rely on shapewear to smooth out the edges. No more zipper battles, ladies. Shapewear gives you an amazing outline when you wear your favorite dress.

It makes you feel confident so you don’t have to stress about the way you look. High-waisted slimming pants or an all-in-one body shaper will give you that amazing silhouette.

Shapewear gives coverage down to the knees, so you can wear that pencil skirt you’ve always wanted.

Cotton Briefs

Why cotton briefs? They’re practical, just as everyday briefs should be. 100% cotton briefs are super comfortable. That’s something the lacy, fancy silk ones can’t offer.

Buy cotton briefs in bulk. They’re pretty handy on hot summer days.

Sports Bra

It’s quite distracting if you have an ill-fitting bra. Many people work out, but even if you don’t, you should have a sports bra. It minimizes the bounce and gives you a flattened shape.

If you are planning to wear a crop top and looking for extra support, a sports bra is just the thing. You should have at least two of these bras in neutral colors.

Slips

A slip is something that comes in handy occasionally. You may have the prettiest skirt or dress, except you can see straight through it. Instead of changing the whole outfit, put on a slip.

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Nude, white and black are the three must-have camisole colors, so stock up, ladies. (faveable.com)

A black and a nude half slip are definitely needed add-ons to your wardrobe for these sheer occasions.

Tights

Tights go perfectly well with a flared dress or A-line skirts. You must have black and patterned tights in your drawer. You can get that killer look if you pair the tights with boots.

You can never go wrong with tights.

G-strings

These are for occasions when you need something that is barely there. They work well with pencil skirts or that black evening gown and give you that sexy feeling.

Buy a few comfortable G-strings. They sure do come in handy.

EndNote

Even the sexiest dress can fail if you don’t have the right layers underneath. If you go out of your way to have the perfect look, having these essential undergarments takes the stress out of getting dressed.

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With the right underwear, you can pull off anything you wear quite graciously, so hurry up and stock up on these items.

Author Bio:Angie Grey, an expert author from Faveable.com brings you all you need to know about fashion and grooming. She loves the outdoors and travels the world like a nomad.