R for Rights #AtoZChallenge
When I write about women’s issues or initiatives for women, there is an underlying assumption and that keeps me going. It’s a belief that someone somewhere is reading it and would take things into his/her hands. For example – someone would say NO to domestic violence and walk out, someone would think of his wife as an equal partner at home, or someone would let her marry the person she wants to. So on and so forth.
However sometimes when I write, there is just a voice in my head that tells me to talk it out and spread the word.
Sometimes, I wonder why were women even made when they had to suffer so much?
Why is the world so full of hypocrisy and bias?
Why religion, culture and country combined together are killing the rights of so many women?
Why do women have to even talk about their rights?
Why isn’t it normal that women all over the world have the right to live the way they want?
Nothing that I say on this blog is out of my imagination. I am sure those who read on a regular basis know that I provide links to news articles and Wikipedia. Everything is out there and yet in 21st century, we are fighting battles way behind our league and not limited to:
- Female Genital Mutilation
- Breast Ironing
- Right to pray
- Right to abortion
- Right to dress the way women want
- Right to marry per choice
We live in a world where a woman is treated with 100 lashes for wearing skin-tight jeans, where developed countries allow a woman to die but not let her abort a foetus, where being topless is bigger crime than a rape, where breasts are ironed so that rape could be avoided, where genitals are mutilated so that sexual desire can be nipped in the bud, where women are not allowed to enter temples, where killing for family’s honor is not a crime, where a son carries the family’s lineage but the woman who gave birth to this son is killed.
In whose hands are our rights?
Can we women and you supportive men do something about our rights?
But there is one thing that you can do.
Speak up without fear and fight for what’s yours. Whether it’s your body or your salary, your faith or your belief – do not succumb to any pressure. None from society, loved ones or anyone else. If not anything, you own your life and your body. It’s no one’s choice or business but yours.
I am blogging from A to Z during April and the theme I have chosen is set on women. I am also a minion on co-host Pam’s Unconventional Alliance along with Claire, Shalini and Rajlakshmi. Visit us, show us some love and don’t leave without sharing your thoughts.