Woman is human #IWD2017

You may not know her struggles, her pain, her fears, her worries. You may not know because she refuses to tell you. She’s been thought to be weak so telling you would make you think less of her, she fears.

She wears her scars well and hides them when she needs to.

But by God, you will surely feel her passion and see her fire. If you dare close your eyes, she will burn them off.

She’s been lied to for ages that she’s less than, that she’s not worthy, that she ought to know her place

But no more.

Light has come and now she knows – there’s no “place”. She will stand where everyone stands cos she’s you and me. She’s human.

She’ll embrace her dreams and chase them.

You’ll call her fiery and hot but it wont be because of what she’s wearing or the curves of her body. It will be because of her soul, the strength of her mind and the depth of her heart. It will be because of her tenacity as she chases her dreams, the way everyone does.

When she runs, when she yells, when she cries, when she sits in your office, when she speaks to you, remember:

Woman is human.

Happy International Women’s Day 2017

Women Should Love Women: Celebrating International Women’s Day

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It is a long standing belief that women secretly hate one another. Whether this is true or not,the phenomenon is influential and is being passed on unknowingly from generation to generation. So much so that the critic H.L. Mencken redefined a misogynist as a man who hates women as much as women hate one another.

It is not uncommon to hear women report more critical views of other women than the men do of their male peers. It is women, not men, who objectify and belittle attractive women.

In one of my favourite novels “The Colour Purple” by Alice Walker, we see a type of this twisted relationship when Celie, a victim of domestic violence lends her voice to the same deadly act asking Harpo to beat his wife Sofia. I couldn’t stop asking, “How could she!”

It is time to see that this preoccupation with girl-on-girl victimization distracts us from the greater problems women face, such as the poverty that wears a face of a woman, violence against women, women and health issues, education of women and so on.

Thankfully, the novel presents to us symbols of women empowerment such as Kate, who continually urges Celie to fight back at the abuse shoved at her and Shug Avery who finally rescues Celie from the joyless, tortuous married life.

There is an increasing need for women to be more active and vocal, not just in politics but in campaigns of change to the plight of women, for women are indeed the solution to women problems. For every active voice, the strength of the cord grows stronger. In the words of Melinda Gates “a woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman”.

I celebrate every woman who has stood strong on this cause and I continually pledge that my voice will be heard, my voice will count in the cause of women.

#IWD 2016  #Pledge for Parity

 

Judy Sambe is a communication specialist and girl-child education advocate. She has vast experience in health/development communication having worked with different NGOs and UNICEF. She is the co-founder of Education for Change  Initiative. She’s an avid reader,  she also loves to write.