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Women to blame? Something to think about

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Gender inequality is everywhere. Sometimes it's against women, sometimes against men, but historically, women have taken much of the blame. This mentality has got to change! Sometimes it's just ridiculous the things we are being blamed for.

My friend emailed me this morning with an interesting article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/apr/19/women-blame-earthquakes-iran...

Let me know what you think!

Jen
(Catch me on http://www.proceedingwithgrace.com)

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jadefrank's picture

Welcome

Hi Jen,

Welcome to PulseWire. We are thrilled to have you as a new member in our thriving community of women who are lifting their voices in the name of empowerment and connecting across borders to make positive change for women everywhere!

I too read this article and was horrified to hear to that women are being blamed for natural disasters. Together, we can continue to talk about these issues, spread awareness and support women's voices from around the world to bring about change and gender equality.

Looking forward to hearing more from you!

Warm regards,
Jade

jluoh's picture

Thanks, Jade. I think it's

Thanks, Jade. I think it's always easier to point our fingers at someone else. Not that women gets the blame all the time, but I do feel that women have a naturally ability to compromise. But sometimes, the compromise goes overboard. In Quebec, a new bill, 94 is being introduced that would require all government workers to uncover their faces. I understand the security issues involved but in effect, this bill will only affect women in burqa or niqab. I know this is happening all over the world. Millions of women will have to part with their burqa or return to their country. Can't we look pass the piece of cloth and see the real woman who is inside? Sometimes, society doesn't even do that with those we see face to face.

Just a few thoughts in my mind these days.

Thanks!
Jen

jap21's picture

Hi Jen

I read the article too. I was so surprised I didn´t know what to say. This is the kind of thing that women should not admit. It is one form of violence. Spiritual violence that intends to limit our rights... to dress the way we want.

Sometimes, when cultural boundaries are so big, women from these countries feel like women from the rest of the world are wrong in thriving for their voice to be respected in all aspects, dress being the minor of them.

For Iraninan women, dress is a very important issue for religious reasons, I understand. When they decide to break the ties that their religion imposes, they will need a support net around the world. Communities like this can act as the support net, don´t you think?

Love,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

jluoh's picture

Agreed!

Dear Jackie,

I agree with you that communities like this could act as a support net. Sometimes religions, what man made it to be are far from the truth that's originally being taught and frankly, women are being oppressed. It's sad, but it's everywhere. Women need a lot more support, not only from other women, but from people in power who are willing to speak out and act on behalf of women. I think it's really great that members of this community are pushing that all over the world.

I think we are an amazing breed (I mean women). When I used to live in Tanzania, women are strong, but due to hierarchy, they are still considered subordinate to men even if they make most of the decisions and support the family's livelihood. It's just like World Pulse's article on women feeding the world. We don't know how much influence and power we hold. As mothers, we are feeding not only the bodies, but the minds of our children. I'm so proud of women all over the world. I only wish everyone thinks that way. What's sad is that a lot women also believe in the lies out there. In Tanzania, women can't say, "no" to a man's request and often don't have control over finances. Still much work to be done, the work of love.

Let's all strive for our women together!

Thanks Jackie for responding!

Cheers,
Jen

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