Happy International Women’s Day anyway to my sistahs!
But here we go again. Another year to rejoice for our freedoms, achievements and lessons learned from our errors. Sure we have cause to celebrate! And lots you can do on this day.
Check out the Washington Post blog and find out 10 ways you can celebrate this day meaningfully.
But…do we need to keep reminding the world that we need “special treatment”…for if we keep asking for “crutches”, how do we become equals (with men and other creatures)?
We must be beating our chests, though, because women in our day and age, continue to grab the headlines.Malaysian women are becoming more and more famous by the day. Those simple, ordinary, hardworking women…are just ordinary, and their achievements are not news, not sexy enough, you can say.
We’ve been given roses, and now we are returning the gifts with gloves. Read more on our local women’s campaign in Malaysiakini: “Super’ women to rally for clean governance.
How can you give us roses when our women get into trouble and into the limelight for all the wrong reasons? Is this what it means by women’s liberation? Rosmah Mansor, PM Najib Razak’s wife heads the list of the most “famous” of infamous women with her (reportedly, allegedly, purportedly) lust for shopping.
Our (Umno) Women minister (of all the persons in the country) Sharizat Abd Jalil is embroiled in her ‘cash, cow and condos’ controvery, MCA’s Jessie Ooi for being “tow-truck aunty”, PKR’s Nurul Izzah for being “protected by Umno” (aka as treated roughly” during one of her outings, and the number of little gals missing and never found until now…
We give roses to women when all they want is respect, recognition, and equal treatment. We give gloves to politicians telling them we want a clean government, when what we need to do is vote them out! Women carry half of the sky and our votes are influential. But disunited, we shall never be able to be agents of change.
OK, I’ll stop preaching but will tell you to go read this website for more about International Women’s Day 2012. and be happy that we are not alone.