Dear Young Woman, it's time to step up

by - Monday, May 29, 2017

Dear Young Woman,

It is a beautiful day as the sun shines mildly on a day when the country celebrates her democracy day. We cannot refuse to see the positive steps we have taken as a country. We also cannot but see how far we could have gotten if we indeed sailed with caution over the past five decades. The struggles are real as people wake up every day to different levels of uncertainties especially bothering on the side of hunger. People need food to survive and a vast majority of this responsibility, in a family setting, boils down on the woman.

Our struggles are laid bare before us and so is the answer towards survival. As the society gradually, albeit slowly, begins to embrace the emancipation of women from being just housekeepers and homemakers to successful career women, we must begin to continually be reminded not to rest on the successes. It is not a fight against men, as some school of thought will always like to turn the narrative. But the message should be about having the same and equal opportunity to compete, contest and aim towards same positions as a man would.

We should remind ourselves again, today, that it is not an issue of standing shoulder to shoulder with the man because in the true sense of it, using the man as a yardstick of measurement, already is a wrong perception to the basis of the matter. So we say it is not as fight. It is yearn for equality – a mental reorientation of treating every one equally, irrespective of gender.

Women have indeed recorded successes overtime and so have men. The same can be said of the failings and failures for both genders. We all need to begin to beyond the judgmental eye of “a man would have done it better” or “a woman should not have been given the mandate”. No size fits all, and to each, his/her own destiny. Men are breaking records every day and so are women. Women are making new discoveries every day and so are men.

It is a public holiday and a time to look inward to see how far we have come as a country, but just may be we need to see beyond that. Maybe we should look beyond where we are and start seeing where we need to be.

Dear Young Woman, it is time to step up.

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