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Friday, March 09, 2007

WOMEN'S DAY – A DAY ON…
Left: The symbol of the planet Venus, often used to represent women

It’s become a habit of mine apparently to write about events after they happen or in this case, after an international day has passed. Indeed March 8 has been recognized as the international day for women since 1909 – at least officially…

But what can I write about women without falling into the trap of speaking of women as if they are just one group? For in truth, I have met many different kinds of women in the 25 years I have been alive. Indeed, if it hadn’t been for a woman I wouldn’t be here would I? So it’s perhaps surprising to note that in spite of the vital role women have to play in our society, they are still under-represented in leadership roles. Besides that the jobs they are given are underpaid in some countries – if not undervalued.

Of course, you may say that I am writing this to win some points with my friends, who for most part are women. Although that would be partly true, it’s also true that I’ve always felt that both men and women should grow up with a respect for each other and recognition of the importance of our diversity.

But then, I believe that we should also recognize the differences there are in this vast group who share the quality of being female. And that is that there is not ‘one’ women but many various people who are women. And perhaps I must also mention that it’s also a fact not often recognized that disabled women are also women. But because of the prejudice and assumptions still made in dealing with disabled people, the barriers and hurtful attitudes they come across are seldom mentioned.

There is also a history that is common with the struggle of women and disabled people. And that is one in which the environment and attitude has been constructed in such a way to cater for white, non-disabled, men who are of a certain age, strength and intelligence. Besides that, there are the stereotypes that rob both women and disabled people of their individuality or even their dignity. So I can only describe, not feel, what the experience of disabled women must be – not to mention the high risk they face of domestic violence and abuse… issues that may be sidelined on occasions by non-disabled women.

Here I take the occasion to wish belated greetings to every woman. the mothers, my sisters, my colleagues and many of my best friends …

For more info on issues facing disabled girls and women, visit:
http://www.infouse.com/disabilitydata/womendisability/7.php


For more info on women’s day, visit:
http://www.un.org/ecosocdev/geninfo/women/womday97.htm

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