There was a time, not long ago, when Women’s Day would come and go without drawing much attention in media. How the time has changed! No serious, popular newspaper could now afford to ignore this very important day. One reason is the popularity of “MeToo” movement, supported by leading women personalities in TV, Film and media industry, that include Victoria Beckham, Emma Watson, Princess Beatrice and Eugenie, as well as former Australian PM Julia Gillard. I am pleased to read so many beautifully articulated articles and interviews in AV to mark this special day for women throughout the world.
One welcoming news is that Royal family celebrated this occasion by announcing that Duchess of Sussex Meghan will take up the post of Vice President of “The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust” thus giving her an important role on the world stage where she could make a difference and fulfil her long standing ambition, commitment to serve and help deprived women throughout the world, especially in emerging countries and in particular Commonwealth nations where Queen is the nominal head of the nation, like Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Island nations and many more. She was heavily involved in such projects, being one of UN’s roving ambassadors for women’s welfare even before she met Prince Harry, due to her exposure and popularity on American, Canadian TV serial, that is how Prince Harry was attracted to her and met her through common friends.
Meghan joins her husband Prince Harry who is President and the Queen who is Patron. While royal connection, involvement is most welcome, especially as the Queen is the patron, it would be nice, encouraging to see someone prominent in an important role in the organization, from our own ethnic minorities, like Ayesha Hazarika, Dia Chakravarty, Gina Miller, super model Naomi Campbell and many more or coming from Commonwealth of Nations, especially someone like Julia Gillard. Commonwealth is blessed with well known, intelligent men and women who could be an asset to such an organization.