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March 14, 2010

When we sent out the message asking if people wanted to write for this blog, I was expecting responses from certain women that I knew. These women that I am referring to here are generally well read, espouse feminist values and are vocal in their PTA jumble sales and corperate board meetings alike. But the response rate, although good, has not been spectacular. I worry about the women’s movement and wonder if we have a chance of organizing ourselves at the level of the critical mass needed for real change.

Perhaps, given my age, I was mailing older, less internet savvy people. Perhaps this idea is avant garde for the time. Perhaps I need to reach out to the university students facebook-ing all day on their computers. Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps! But then I realized that the time for perhaps’, if’s and but’s are over. The time to act is now.

For too long men in societies have been speaking, both for and against women. What a good woman is, how a good woman should act and even how a good women’s movement should be. In the olden days, this was understandable. Women (as Woolf rightly points out in the book A Room of One’s Own) never had the resources, such as access to printing, film media and literacy let alone universities, at the level or anything close to what men had.

But that day is no more. Middle class women, and more and more working class women, have access to publishing facilities and the internet. Blogs, Comment and Opinion pages, facebook groups, and other online forums are more and more accessible to women with each passing day. It is our right, no make that duty, as literate women with access to publishing to make use of these resources and to speak up about issues that affect us. In the beginning, there will be ten people who speaks out against each one of us but as we gather momentum and people in all walks of life joins us we will become a force to be reckoned with.

It is not my arrogance that is making me say this, but rather, my faith that justice will prevail and my strong belief that humans are inherently good, and my still stronger belief in the banality of evil.

Think of it this way, one in every three woman of this country is sexually abused at one point in their lives, yet statistics shows zero court cases on rape or Gadhakamun Badhuahlaagee Amalu Hingun, for the years 2008 and 2009 (see criminal court website) and our seventy seven person parliament, who we wish would take women’s issues a bit more seriously has only five women and almost all of them a relations and proxies of prominent male politicians.
We need to take the women’s issue further than the UN prescribed numbers of a good maternal mortality rate and god-knows-what that are only relevant to the least developed countries. We need to take advantage of our access to technology to do more than trade chicken eggs at Farmville. We need to stand up and demand to be equal citizens of this country, both de facto and de jure. And we need to demand it right here and right now. Enough compromise, or just plainly, enough!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Ibrahimbe permalink
    March 14, 2010 4:44 pm

    looks like you’ve got a problem there, not having enough women to write. perhaps once the credibility of this blog builds up and its established, more people would want to write. you people need to get a larger audience. can you check how many people visit your website everyday?
    how about women who don’t have access to internet? don’t you think it’s important to get their opinions as well? how would you propose doing that?
    in any case, i will be reading what you people write…good stuff

  2. March 15, 2010 5:27 pm

    Women need more internet access; but they are usually blockaded from it by IRL needs.

  3. majorminor permalink
    March 29, 2010 10:19 am

    sooner or later you just have to face the fact that people who hold the same opinions and beliefs as you are the minority in this land

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