Appeals for a better world!
The world a better place for me and for you! My vision is a world with people living as equal, a world where real democracy reigns, a world with a distribution of funds so there is no longer a poor. My vision seems to be an unreachable utopia, but I think we can make this world a much better place than it is today, with simple actions.
There should be a world’s children allowance allowing all children an education. The girl child and disabled children would of course be included as all are equal. Health insurance should be provided for all so everyone would have an equal opportunity to healthy lives. These require a world tax system.
My vision requires changes in attitudes. Human value is today relative to skin color, gender, health and wealth. Attitudes that have people accepting hierarchies of inequality where human value is relative need to change. An awareness is needed showing how people have high living standards at the expense of others being kept poor. How much should the cup of coffee really cost that we drink daily, or in my case the cups of tea?
Correspondents within the realm of social media today can reach many with a message. World Pulse reaching women throughout the world empowers. Through new knowledge one sees the things that need to be changed within one’s own society.
I moved to Sweden and was introduced to a new culture. Sweden is a culture of solidarity and one that respects children. There is a law not allowing children corporal punishment. This was strange to me who had been raised in the USA with an education on what was to have been Bible based – spoil the rod, spoil the child. With time I can no longer understand how children education can include corporal punishment, how can adults so strong allow themselves to touch a child so weak?
Family democracy was also new to me. Parents were supposed to decide and children to listen. But in this new world I found parents who asked their children what they thought and what they wanted to do.
Parent allowance was or is based on the system where all are to work and there is a respect for the time needed to care for newborns. Again so strange when my mother returned to work three days after my brother was born.
After falling from the horse and breaking my back, I called myself an invalid, only to be told I was valid! My disability is not my problem but that caused by an inaccessible society. So my fight began and continues for a world that is accessible. New houses and schools should be built allowing use of all, including people who cannot mount steps. Bathrooms should allow space for a wheelchair user and a seat to be used by those in need. This seems to be understood by some countries, but not by all.
When traveling in the Balkans this past week I was reminded to how I can be received. Many talked over my head to my assistant. At one point I had to become angry and said, “It is I who pay this bill, so please talk to me.”
Appeals are one way to reach out. In Europe at this time we have an increasing situation where the Roma are being discriminated. An appeal has gone out to the French government to stop the discrimination of not allowing free mobility. The change does not come over night, but with the international awareness, something will happen one way or another. We women within Pulse Wire can equip ourselves with that which is needed to make our appeals: Appeals for equality, appeals for education, appeals for equal employment. Together we can send our appeals for a better world.