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International Women's Day

Dear Ladies,
happy International Wome's Day. While I am not a feminist ( all human beings are equal and shouldn't put each other above the other sex in my ho) I often wondered what this day is supposed to be good for.
This morning I read in a calendar like book ( one short text for every day) about a charity in Ethiopia. It made me realise, what we take for granted here in Europe, other women can only dream about. It is true there are still predominantly men in the executive suits of the big companies, the majority of ministers in most European countries are men, and even equal pay for equal work is not a norm everywhere and all this is deeply unjust. However when you read the following link you may, like myself, feel a bit less angry and a bit more thankful. I myself will stop mocking those feminists of the 7o's and 80's in their purple flap trousers. They often exaggerated, but without them we wouldn't be where we are today.

Happy Women's Day !

Posted at 8th Mar 2012 - 09:26AM   Posted by Ivy   International Women's Day Comments: 7

Fennie's Avatar Ivy the plight of women in many parts of the world is something that we need to be reminded of constantly. There is so much that we in the West take for granted. Here a woman's lot is generally a happy one; in many other places - and for all sorts of reasons - it isn't.

Posted by: Fennie on 8th Mar 2012 at 09:47AM

Inthemud's Avatar Wikipaedia says : International Women's Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day, is marked on March 8 every year.[1] In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women's economic, political and social achievements. Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries, primarily Eastern Europe, Russia, and the former Soviet bloc. In many regions, the day lost its political flavour, and became simply an occasion for men to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother's Day and St Valentine's Day. In other regions, however, the original political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful.

Last Friday was Women's world day of prayer, which the women of Malaysia prepared- Let Justice prevail. There are many injustices to women throughout the world and we prayed for justice.

Posted by: Inthemud on 8th Mar 2012 at 10:06AM

Inthemud's Avatar Do not weary in doing what is right (2 Thessalonians 3:13 )

We were given this prayer and it really struck home to me

"I knelt to pray when day was done, And prayed, "O Lord, bless everyone,

Lift from each saddened heart the pain, And let the sick be well again."

And then I woke another day, And carelessly went on my way;
The whole day long I did not try, To wipe a tear from any eye.

I did not try to share the load, Of any brother on the road;
I did not even go to see, The sick man, just next door to me.

Yet, once again, when day was done, I prayed, "O Lord, bless everyone."
But as I prayed into my ear, There came a voice that whispered clear:

"Pause no, my son, before you pray; Whom have you tried to bless today?
God's sweetest blessings always go, By hands that serve him here below."

And then I hid my face and cried, "Forgive me, God, I have not tried.
Let me but live another day, And I will live the way I pray."

Posted by: Inthemud on 8th Mar 2012 at 10:10AM

Fairy Nuff's Avatar It is very easy to take our lifestyles for granted and forget not all Women have the same equality in life.

I once worked for a firm doing the same job as the bosses nephew for (I eventualy found out) a third of his salary, and I used to be asked to help him out when his workload was too much for him...I didn't stay long!
(and that was in the "enlightened" 1990s)

This however pales into insignificance compared to the way women are mistreated treated the world over.
There was one featured on the news the other day who was being forced into prostitution by her husband who had lost his job because he had epilepsy and couldn't afford treatment...I coudn't decide whether to feel sorry for him or not as he seemed to be more than happy to stay at home and act as her pimp, showing no remorse or stress on her behalf.

Posted by: Fairy Nuff on 8th Mar 2012 at 12:57PM

Withy Brook's Avatar This is a very important subject and I am moved by the thought that has gone into the comments so far.
We must remember that it is not only in the Third World that women suffer. There are women in this country who are held prisoner and treated as slaves and raped as well - young girls, some of them, who have been imported and their papers taken from them once here.
Muddie's poem is something that most of us can take to heart. It is on the same theme as the reading for today in my lent book - 40 days Living the Jesus Creed.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 8th Mar 2012 at 05:22PM

Ivy's Avatar Withy you are right , there is always someone needy down the road to you and I. Yet I hadn't heard about this fantastic project until I read about it this morning and thought I would share it with you. Here we have the structures to prevent cruelty to women, yet some always will, regrettably, fall through the net, while in other countries women have no rights and will be victims all their lives, unless they are helped and structures will be changed. I don't hold one suffering higher than the other. Every single human being deprived of his/her wellbeing is one too much. Here and abroad.

Posted by: Ivy on 8th Mar 2012 at 05:31PM

Camilla's Avatar I so echo what comments have been left here, and Withy.... I so totally agree with what you say too, it breaks my heart to even think about it.

Posted by: Camilla on 9th Mar 2012 at 12:59AM

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