On International Women’s Day, I take the opportunity to share with women here and elsewhere our agonies, hopes, and convictions that by our action we can make a better future for women.
Women have been defined by patriarchal men. We have been defined as objects outside ourselves, as possibilities useful to men or dangerously as objects of desire.
Crafting remedies to our problems and our possibilities must begin by challenging ancient definitions which place women as chattels.
The Economic emancipation of women or eliminating violence against women must first eliminate the stereotypes taught in language to children. Our language creates the identities that assign gender specific roles that are at the root of oppression and brutalization of women.
So we must change the language that feeds chauvinistic ideas about roles to children that deny society the benefits of full participation of women in every sphere of human existence. Only a few days ago, a Polish parliamentarian commented that women must be paid less because they are weaker and less intelligent. These are the chauvinistic statements that young boys and men are exposed to which they internalize and more dangerously incites violence and abuse against females.
It is undebatable that women have been the hidden figures, the bearers of equal strain to men and have defied many odds, to become Pioneers of innovation and Business Moguls.
Through collaboration, we can potentially be the voice in various spheres and can challenge evident gender biases.
I urge that women add to this cause of ending gender-based violence and to the empowerment of our women. Let us be reminded that change begins with me, change begins with us.
Happy International Women’s Day