International Women’s Day 2017… #BeBoldForChange
“A free race cannot be born of slave mothers.” – Margaret Higgins Sanger
“Extremists have shown what frightens them the most: a girl with a book.” – Malala Yousafzai
“How can we effect change in the world when only half of it is invited or feel welcome to participate in the conversation?” — Emma Watson
“We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons… but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.” ― Gloria Steinem
“There is a special place in hell for women who do not help other women.” — Madeleine K. Albright
“Remember the dignity of your womanhood. Do not appeal, do not beg, do not grovel. Take courage, join hands, stand besides us, fight with us.” — Christabel Pankhurst
Just a handful of quotes from an amazing group of women, women who all understand that while the voice of womankind throughout the world continues to be silenced, to go unheard, the dream of liberty, freedom and equality for all will remain but a dream and nothing more. Real democracy is not, should not be the sole reward of one half of the world’s population. Women have as much right to all the opportunities, benefits, liberties and freedom’s that have been, and continue to be, afforded to their male counterparts since time immemorial.
For women and girls everywhere life is not so very different than it was in the dark ages, fighting tooth and nail, to all but justify their very existence, and yet we claim to be, indeed we call ourselves civilised.
Every twenty minutes a woman is raped in India. All over the world rape is used as a means of coercion, degradation, torcher, control, in the game of war, man’s game of war. Women and children are taken from their homes and they are trafficked for sex all over the not so civilised world. Domestic violence and abuse are more prevalent today than ever. Predators wonder around blatantly under the very noses of the watching world, often using the guise of charity, robes of power, even robes of holiness and yet no one does a thing.
As we think about International Women’s Day 2017 today, let us not just be content to celebrate what we have been able to achieve so far under these historic and unyielding circumstances. For as incredible as it has been in the grand scheme of things we have taken but a single step on a long, long road.
Women everywhere need us to be all that we can be, they need us to work together, to raise our voice in unison, to make a stand, to carry on the good work of all of those who have gone before us. Therefore let us fix our eyes and all that remains to be done and together let us all make the world the kind of place we all know and dream that it can be.
Written by Tracey Odessa Kane Author Poet
She may be missing from histories pages
She may be absent from memorial walls,
She may be non-existent in man’s tales of valour
She may be invisible up and down life’s great halls.
She may not have statues carved in her honour
She may not have trophies and medals dedicated to her,
She may not have special services of remembrance
She may not have been given a voice without silencer.
She may never be treated as an equal
She may never be in a position of power,
She may never be seen as more than a body
She may never be privy to man’s ivory tower.
She creates life, she feeds life, she nurtures
She endows life with meaning, with love,
She tends and she mends and she teaches
She shows life what it’s truly made of.
She empowers, she inspires, and she builds
She designs, she discovers, she writes,
She navigates, she buys and she sells
She moves and she shakes, and she knows her own rights.
She’s courageous, a dynamic risk taker
She’s inventive, a thinker, a sage,
She’s revolutionary, she is a leader
She’s a testament throughout every age.
And though man has seen fit to paint over
Her endless contributions to the world and to life,
Though man refuses to let her out of the corner
He still desire’s her, long’s to make her his wife.
In conclusion, perhaps that’s man’s final solution
Speak of love make her a slave to his will, to his heart,
Enshrine her, turn her into a trinket
But don’t ever once let her play her true part.
Written by Tracey Odessa Kane 7 March 2013 ©
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