Today, March 8, 2010, is International Women’s Day. And out of the 365 days in a year, today allows and encourages us to reflect in unity about the audacity of those women, whose lives have been stolen and whose voices have been silenced. Human beings who are living in a world filled with antagonism and oppression simply for the crime of being a WOMAN.
Today I remember the courageous women who suffered greatly, physically and mentally, in the hands of men who oppressed and tortured them.
Today I remember the innocent little girls who were forced to grow up before their time, by being thrown into marriages with men thrice their ages.
Today I remember the brave women who managed to escape the clutches of their abusive men, because they realized that enough was enough.
Today I remember the women who have contributed and made a positive difference in the world, through their intellect and valour
Today I remember each and every woman who has managed to break man-made rules and overcome adversities in order to regain their lives back and have their voices heard.
Women are the backbone of our human civilization. Without them, our social order would surely crumble.
“In the face of adversity, women bend while men break.” – Jamie Foxx.
So let’s all unite in solidarity to end traditions, practices, rules, and beliefs that harm and oppress women from their abilities and talents, and most importantly of all, their freedom to live, laugh, and be happy!