International Women’s Day

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!


2 responses to “International Women’s Day

  1. Dear sister,

    I really enjoyed reading your article… ,but you said : “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.” < So are you talking about Afghanistan or Pushtunistan? Or any other Muslim countries?

    Please let me know!


    Khwazha 🙂

    • Hello Khwazha,

      Thank you very much for your comment and for enjoying my post 🙂 As for child marriages, it is prominent in most of Africa, South Asia and Central Asia, which does include Afghanistan and Pukhtunkhwa, unfortunately.

      I find it incredibly disturbing, especially when these girls, who are as young as 9 or 10 years old, are forced to marry men who are in their 50s or 60s. And most of the time they are SOLD in marriage, simply because their parents are too poor and need the compensation, in exchange for giving their precious daughters away, to survive. Of course, there are many other reasons why child marriages occur; and this includes securing familial/tribal/political ties, or in worst cases, through inhumane practices such as Swara (where if a man murders another man, the brother or father of the murdered man demands that in order to call a truce, they will have to marry the murderer’s sister or daughter). Of course, the women in such marriages are treated horribly and end up suffering for a crime that their fathers or brothers committed.

      Women in such countries lack the rights that they *should* be entitled to, and because of it, they are forced to live amongst antagonism. I long for the day when these women will finally have a taste of the freedom that they so deserve. And the only way that will happen is primarily through education and awareness.

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