Happy 100th International Women’s Day to all, women and men alike!
I celebrate this day and the joy that is being a woman but I am not oblivious to the fact that I am enjoying this and many out there are suffering and being marginalised for the same. Rape, FGM (female genital mutilation), partner abuses meted out by men and women, women too scared to leave their homes unaccompanied, underage marriage, women that die in child birth, girls that don’t get to go to school, unequal pay for similar work – and the list goes on. My challenge to myself is to enjoy the relative privilege that I enjoy but in my sphere of influence to get others involved and talking about the other half and do my (our) best to uplift those not as blessed as I am. Also, to enjoy the silly banter, the encouraging words from female friends, the softness that is unique to women and to delight in that too and not just dwell on the negative.
Below some articles talking about women and International Women’s Day.