International Women’s Day in Tajikistan is held every 8 March to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is also a day used to highlight ongoing gender inequality and to call for further change.
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Although Tajikistan has International Women’s Day on their official holiday calendar, the situation is very dire in regard to truly living up to the ideals of the day.
On the one hand, Tajik culture has traditionally venerated women, and they combine Mother’s Day, Women’s Day, and a celebration of spring all into one on 8 March. Men will typically complement women for their beauty and compare it to the new life of spring all around them. They may also give presents and flowers to women.
But domestic violence against women is very commonplace in Tajikistan. And many view domestic violence as “normal“ and acceptable even for things like arguing with your husband, leaving the house without his permission or failing to prepare dinner on time. Obviously, huge improvements need to be made, and Women’s Day brings this into focus each year.