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Women’s Rights

There is a debate going on about abortion and many have mixed views about it. I do believe that each child that is conceived should be given the chance to experience life. However in certain circumstances such as rape and incest I believe women should have the right to choose what to do. We don’t know the mental and emotional well being of women caught up in these situations. Therefore no one should have the right to make that decision for them. What are your thoughts on this issue?

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There is nothing more Powerful…

There is nothing more powerful than a woman who knows her worth
and is determined not to accept less than she deserves.
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It is Important…

It is Important for every woman to understand herself, what she wants firm life and pursue her dream. Too often women stay trapped in bad relationship because they do not thunk they are good enough and deserve better.
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Women Rise Up

It is important for us as  women to have enough courage to stand up for ourselves. This is a time for change, a time for us to stop accepting less than we deserve. We must stop mistaking abuse for love, and stop making excuses to cover up for an abusive partner. It is better to be alone and happy then to be in a relationship and constantly live in pain and fear.

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You Are Special

You are strong
You are important
You are beautiful
You are worthy of love
Smile and be proud
Because You are the
mother of the nation
Every living person
in the universe came
forth from the womb
of a woman

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Woman of the Week

This Week’s Woman of the Week is:
Malala Yousafzai

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Malala was born in Pakistan on July 12, 1997. She is a human rights activist who is well known for standing up for the education of women in her country where at times the Taliban banned girls from attending school.

At the young age of 11-12 she wrote a blog anonymously for the BBC detailing her life during the Taliban occupation of Swat. She rose in prominence and gave interviews in print media and on television. She was nominated for the International Children Peace Prize by Desmond Tutu and was also the youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize.

On October 9, 2012 Malala was wounded in a murder attempt by the Taliban. She was left unconscious and in a critical condition at the Rawalpindi Institite of Cardiology. Her condition improved enough for her to be sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, UK. The murder attempt brought her an outpouring of international support. Malala is presently a prominent education activist. In April 2017 she was awarded honorary canadian citizenship and became the youngest person to address House of Commons of Canada.

This week we salute this brave young woman who has become an inspiration to women in all walks of life.

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Woman of the Week

Starting Today Monday July 10, I am going to feature a Woman of the Week, every week. They will be women in history as well as present day women who have impacted significantly on society and in some cases the world.

Week 1

Our Woman of the Week is: Susan B Anthony (February 15, 1820 – March 13, 1906)

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Susan B Anthony was an American Human Rights Activists. In an era when women had no voice, she fought for the rights of women. In 1852 she along with a colleague founded the New York Women’s State Temperance Society, after she was prevented from speaking at a temperance conference because she was a woman.

Susan was a strong supporter for the abolition of slavery and campaigned for equal rights for people of color. She was a leading figure in the women’s voting rights movement. In 1872 she was arrested for voting in an election. She was convicted but refused to pay the fine. Sadly Susan died before women were allowed the right to vote.

The fight for the rights of women has been an uphill battle. Let us salute this iconic woman who helped to pave the way.

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Women Respect Yourselves

 

We talk about women rights and we say that men should show more respect to women.  However it is apparent that some women have no respect for themselves.  Some feel there is nothing wrong with stripping or selling their bodies.  They feel it is okay to do these things to make a living.  Of course this type of behavior is nothing new; the difference is that in times past women engaged in these activities would keep it a secret from their friends and family.  Now it is as if it is something to brag about.

The thing is that society is accepting and rewarding this kind of behavior and therefore women feel it is not something to be ashamed of anymore.  Porn stars are becoming celebrities so what’s the big deal?  But does this make it okay?  Maybe given all the publicity young girls now think it is okay.  There is s case of a young woman who came to this country to attend college.  She started college but have dropped out and now she is working as a stripper.  She keep posting about her newly found profession on face book.  It is as if she has gotten a degree and she wants the world to know about it.

Recently there was a video by Justin Timberlake on YouTube.  In this video called ‘Tunnel Vision’ there were girls performing in the nude.  They were naked while he remained fully clothed throughout the video.  The video was banned briefly from YouTube but is now back on it. I see no reason for nudity is this video but as long as women put themselves out there as commodities which can be bought these kind of things will continue to happen.

Women if you want to get respect it has to begin with you respecting yourselves.  Stop allowing men to use you in this kind of degrading manner because of the end of the day they will consider you cheap and they will have no respect for you.  You have the power to say I will take part in your video but I will not degrade myself and I will not strip. In Times Square on the fourth of July two women were seen in wearing nothing but body paint.  Was this really necessary?  There is a time and a place for everything.  Women if you want men to respect you start respecting yourselves!  You are not commodities; therefore do not give men the impression that you can be bought!

 

 

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Stop Abuse of Women

Abuse of women is a form of human rights violation that affects women just about every where in the world.  Ironically one of the thing which contributes to   abuse is the lack of unity among women and the fact that in some societies women actually take part in abusing other women.  In places such as India and Pakistan mother-in-laws and sister-in-laws often beat and torture a new bride if they are not satisfied with the dowry that the family receives.  There is no unity among the sisterhood and they see nothing wrong with hurting one of their kind.

In countries where Female Genital Mutilation is practiced, it is often the women who carry out this gruesome operation.  In the Cameroon and other places that practice breast ironing it is the women who hurt their daughters and inflict physical as well as psychological scars.  Women disfigure and hurt their daughters in what they say is an attempt to protect them from rape and harassment by men.  These women fail to grasp the understanding that what they are doing is just another form of abuse.  It is a no win situation for many young girls; if the men don’t hurt them, their mothers will.

One of the biggest obstacle in eliminating abuse against women worldwide is the fact that in many countries women have been conditioned to accept abuse as a part of life.  Women suffer abuse in forced marriages and do nothing  to protect their daughters from experiencing the same fate.  So the vicious cycle of abuse is allowed to continue.  For many young girls there is no escape, no way out.  There is no one to stand up for them and no one to protect them.

The change must start with women taking responsibility for protecting their daughters instead of hurting them.  Women must unity in the fight for equal rights for women.  Young girls must no longer be denied the right to an education and they should not be forced into child marriages for which they are not prepared physically, mentally or emotionally.  Women must understand that abuse of any form is not acceptable.

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Stop Abuse of Women

Until the rape and subsequent death of a young woman in India last December, I was somewhat unaware of the atrocities taking place against women in that country.  I was unaware of the fact that India was considered as the worst place to be a woman.  I was not aware of how badly Indian women are treated or that rape was a part of ever day life there.
Incidence of rapes and other crimes against women is of epidemic proportion in India.  It appears that not enough is being done by the Government to protect the rights of women.  This is not surprising since every major political party has fielded and continues to field candidates facing criminal charges of rape harassment and other crimes against women.
It has been reported that in the last five years India’s leading political parties have offered tickets to 27 candidates accused of rape and 260 candidates facing charges of assault, harassment and other crimes against women.
Rape is not treated as a serious crime in India and even the police whose job it is to protect the innocent is a part of the problem.  The women have no one they can trust.
People should lead by example and in a situation where those who lead and those who are to protect becomes a part of the problem what message is that sending to the general population.
To bring about change in India it is going to take a whole cultural change, starting with equality among the sexes. Girls are groomed to be good wives, not independent women with their own careers.  Their most important role is to produce children.  They are often treated as objects who should remain pure and be controlled.
Many girls are forced into marriages and some are even murdered by their own parents.  Mothers often make excuses for their sons when they commit heinous crimes against girls.  The change has to begin with women raising their sons to have respect for women instead of making excuses for them