Monday, 7 March 2016

ABC Wednesday, that's My World, I for International Women's Day.

On 8th March we celebrate International Women's Day by supporting those women who are 
 living in very difficult  circumstances all over the world.
 I wrote about IWD some years ago. Here's a comment I got then from a Greek man:
In Greece women feel like going out on March 8 with their girlfriends, no husbands or boyfriends. They eat, drink and dance till the early morning hours. In my country women are treated as equal to men. They're in politics, they're fire fighters, they're everywhere. But I can't understand why they need to celebrate so much on March 8 with just girlfriends! I guess I'll never understand women!

 My answer then:
 Thanks for your comment.Women celebrate IWD because even if your country and mine might treat men and women as equal partners, there are many women who are considered to be inferior to men. In many African and Asian countries women don't get equal schooling, sometimes no education at all. The Taliban in Afghanistan forbids girls to go to school. They, don't get medical help, they are not allowed to work. This is so stupid, for women are half of the population of the world, they have the same talents, brains and potential powers as men. Even in my country we have to deal with religious groups who forbid women to vote, to work outside the house, to study more than only elementary education. In Africa women work hard they have to look after their husband and children, to walk miles to fetch water, to walk miles to go to market and sell products of their fields. We celebrate IWD because we support  women all over the world. It's not so long ago, that it was discussed if women had souls.In the women's concentration camp we noticed that it was normal for soldiers to beat women. And we felt it ourselves. One of our women didn't take it lying down and beat the soldier back.That was bad for her. The soldier was surprised and not used to that. Greece and many European countries are better but the fact that you say:" I don't understand women, because they have equal rights".. means that you have never realised, THAT THIS ALL HAPPENED BECAUSE WOMEN  HAVE FOUGHT FOR IT.
I now can add that if you don't understand women, you can't understand men either. When do humans see men and women as people, who are two equal parts of humanity, who have to work together , and therefore respect each other. Respect for women! That's what we miss..
Some time ago a young woman was raped in a bus by a group of men . Nobody helped her and she died. It still happens, that a woman who gets raped, is punished by flogging.
Does it matter where this happened? No!IT HAPPENED!! Some days later a six-year old girl was raped by a group of men and left on the streets more dead than alive. Does it matter where it happened? No! IT HAPPENED!

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Cloudia said...

So very well written my dear Sister Wil

Kay said...

Thank you for this important post, Wil. You said it all very eloquently for all women. We need to stand together or we'll never all be free.

Melody Steenkamp said...

....... stil.......... zo met je eens
......silent...... so agree with you

Trubes said...

Well said Will, in a succinct manner, you know more than many how cruel some men
can be to vunerable women.
I was systematically bullied by a male teacher when I was in Primary education, which resulted in me missing selection for Grammar school.. In those days i was too afraid to tell my parents for fear of being in more trouble.
Subsequently I went to a secondary school which I found the work totally unchallenging...It took me a long time to catch up and be up to the level I wanted to be.
All because of a bully, my word if I could meet him now... but then he's probably departed this world...I just hope he went to the right place to help Dante` stoke his inferno !
Hope you are getting stronger now and looking forward to Spring,
Best wishes,
ABCW team.

I put the wrong post up Wil so Roger has fixed it for me my subject is Indigo. Di x

Leslie: said...

Powerful post today, Wil. I'm right alongside you in our quest for equality in all things!

abcw team

Photo Cache said...

Happy Int'l Women's Day!


Roger Owen Green said...

I totally GET that guy's wife going out with her sisterhood.


Lea said...

So much evil in the world.
That is why I sponsor children through Compassion International. They give children living in poverty the hope for a better life.
And they create Child Survival Programs that help women care for their children by providing food, heath education, and medical care for mothers and babies.
A very worthwhile charity.

Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil said...

Wil, yet another reason to LOVE YOU. I celebrated on the phone with my daughter. We talked about reproductive rights; but eventually, the conversation turned into an hilarious discussion of getting our monthly periods!

My husband is another feminist who understands the idea of women's power... and is never threatened by it. Thank you for being - and staying - an enlightened man in this world. It is, in some ways, more difficult than ever to be a woman, but I am thinking most especially of countries where women are forcibly circumcised, and where their "reward" for pursuing education in a splash of acid in the face.

Blessings, Amy

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh Wil you write so beautifully. Thank you for this.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

I did the same theme, International Women's day.

I just watched a video on a man burying a girl alive. Not sure if it is dramatize. more than 100 years ago, my great grand father pick up a girl who was abandoned.

Joy said...

Still a lot of work to do and you put so well why we need an International Women's Day.

Hildred said...

So sad that this is true in some parts of the world.....

Haddock said...

The Talibans and like minded people feel threatened by woman and education, simply because education means the right to think, the right to question. They don't want that, they just need a bunch of stupid people to blindly follow their dictates.
A sad state of affairs all over the world.
Thank God we have some brave hearts like Malala in our midst.