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Let us make it happen #IWD2015 #makeithappen

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It’s been a tough week for women. Hearing about the documentary India’s Daughter and the response to that both within and outside of India was interesting. The Indian government’s knee-jerk reaction to something that paints their country negatively was not a total surprise — yes, they banned the documentary in the country. Like most problems, they figured sweeping this under the carpet and not acknowledging it would be the best response. Unfortunately, this is exactly the problem when it comes to women’s issues.

Governments, predominantly male governments, like to sweep the problems affecting women under the carpet. In our own backyard, so far, 2 women have been killed each week this year (2015) due to intimate partner violence. And it seems to have taken this long for people in power to actually start talking about it. There are still no real policies put in place to protect women and still several misconceptions around problems such as domestic violence. As for rape, well, there are still so many people who continue to blame us for being raped. Or we are told to not complain about sexual harassment for fear that it may hinder our careers.

The discrimination never ends. The double standards continue,

There are some days I want to give up the fight. Because it seems so hopeless. There are times I think ‘Nothing is ever going to change‘. I feel defeated. I get disillusioned when I see seemingly educated individuals having archaic patriarchal views about the role of women in society. Or when women come up with things like ‘Women against Feminism’ or state ‘…but I’m not a feminist.’

I want to scream, to lecture, but I lose the will to fight.

Yet, there are other people, events and incidents that show me a glimmer of hope. Like the Science 50:50 program that encourages and inspires young women to pursue science after school. Or festivals such as the All About Women Festival where feminists gather to inspire and encourage those of us who have been beaten down {I missed out this year, unfortunately}. Or movies such as Wadjda by a Saudi Arabian woman on the power of women. Or the HeforShe campaign which encourages men to support us women in this fight. Or amazing women such as Rosie Batty and Tara Moss who continue to fight to end family violence.

I guess these are the kind of people who help us #makeithappen. These are the things I need to remember every time I feel defeated. This is what I need to help pick myself up and continue to fight our battle. Because in the end, like it or not, we women need to be treated equally. This is good for both men and women.

Together we can all fight for an equal society, an equal world.

Maybe, just maybe, I can hope to see it in my lifetime.

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 ***Linking up with other bloggers over at Blog-a-rhythm as we blog for International Women’s Day #IWD2015***

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Until next time,

Cheers!!!

 

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  • Nibha
    March 9, 2015 at 5:55 am

    Yes, we need to fight! Fight for our equality and our freedom. Let’s make it happen, together!
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  • Nibha
    March 9, 2015 at 5:55 am

    Yes, we need to fight! Fight for our equality and our freedom. Let’s make it happen, together!
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  • Min@WriteoftheMiddle
    March 9, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    It won’t happen overnight … but it will happen! Women will make it happen! We just have to believe it 🙂
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  • Min@WriteoftheMiddle
    March 9, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    It won’t happen overnight … but it will happen! Women will make it happen! We just have to believe it 🙂
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  • elly stornebrink
    March 9, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    I hope we can both see improved changes in our time Sanch in that the archaic patriarchal system gives way to something inspiring and empowering for everyone, especially women. The double standards in today’s society do not serve women in the short or long-term. We need to “keep up the fight” so-to-speak for our fundamental rights. <3
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  • elly stornebrink
    March 9, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    I hope we can both see improved changes in our time Sanch in that the archaic patriarchal system gives way to something inspiring and empowering for everyone, especially women. The double standards in today’s society do not serve women in the short or long-term. We need to “keep up the fight” so-to-speak for our fundamental rights. <3
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  • Pinky Poinker
    March 9, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    We’ve come a long way on the tails of brave and courageous women. I think there are enough of us out there now to continue to make a difference. Don’t be discouraged 🙂
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  • Pinky Poinker
    March 9, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    We’ve come a long way on the tails of brave and courageous women. I think there are enough of us out there now to continue to make a difference. Don’t be discouraged 🙂
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  • Sheethal
    March 9, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    And yes we will fight till we get what we deserve.
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  • Sheethal
    March 9, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    And yes we will fight till we get what we deserve.
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  • Alicia
    March 9, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    I find it so sad, that there is so much oppression of women in the world. thank goodness that there are women who can put a strong voice forward to give other women courage to stand for their rights. It is a shame that women in history that have become famous for doing just that, but have to pay their own lives to do it x
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  • Alicia
    March 9, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    I find it so sad, that there is so much oppression of women in the world. thank goodness that there are women who can put a strong voice forward to give other women courage to stand for their rights. It is a shame that women in history that have become famous for doing just that, but have to pay their own lives to do it x
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  • Zita
    March 10, 2015 at 1:10 am

    Absolutely!! Don’t give up fighting the good fight!!
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  • Zita
    March 10, 2015 at 1:10 am

    Absolutely!! Don’t give up fighting the good fight!!
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  • Inderpreet Kaur Uppal
    March 11, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Yes, Let’s make it happen, we have to keep at it. Lovely thoughts Sanch
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  • Inderpreet Kaur Uppal
    March 11, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Yes, Let’s make it happen, we have to keep at it. Lovely thoughts Sanch
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