Today is The International Women’s day. I feel the urge to recognize how crucial women are and the enormous value women of whatever stripe adds to the socioeconomic system.
I write this with the focus of celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women for creating a wonderful world for us in their unique small ways.
As we celebrate this creation, it is very needful for us to give women a bigger space in political, economic and social circles.
While gender equality has been made a political and ethical concept overnight, a society can only be healthy when true equality exists among the groups composing it. Marriage does not suspend the ‘legal existence’ of wives. If anything, the legal subordination of one sex to the other is wrong in itself and now one of the chief hindrances to human improvement, it should be replaced by a principle of perfect equality, admitting no privilege on the one side and disability on the other. And woe betide any man who thinks the submissive and sat on women of yore still exists.
To the Little girls and my female friends
Please listen; As we celebrate you, I want you to find solace in this excerpt from a TED talk given by Nigerian Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, some years ago:
So, in a literal way, men rule the world. And this made sense a thousand years ago. Because human beings lived then in a world in which physical strength was the most important attribute for survival. The physically stronger person was more likely to lead. And men in general are physically stronger; of course, there are many exceptions. But today we live in a vastly different world. The person more likely to lead is not the physically stronger person, it is the more creative person, the more intelligent person, the more innovative person, and there are no hormones for those attributes. A man is as likely as a woman to be intelligent, to be creative, to be innovative. We have evolved.
Now these two women deserves an ode:
My very mother for her role in my life. Especially for being dedicated to pray for us everyday, I have never met as prayerful a woman like her! And that is the oxygen upon which we continue to tower and become great every single day.
She taught me the value of having unparalleled preparation in my life – while many people seek entertainment, I seek education and learning. Ordinary people seek entertainment, extraordinary people seek education and learning
And to my American mom Diane Carlson Robinson, I owe you a debt of gratitude. She is the first person to tell me that I would be a powerful voice in Africa. You profoundly believe in me and what my future holds. You keep me in motion even when I am not up to the challenge. And thanks for always finding time in your busy schedule to think of me and send inspiring emails my way. You have helped me develop mental resilience and the power to hope. I promise to be who you really want me to be. I will not let you down.
And of course we thank God for giving women an uncanny ability to shape our lives.
Happy women’s day.
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