The tie that binds; Women to Women.
“Women to Women breakups are so dignified!” I recently explained to a close college over a cup of coffee and late evening work ponderings, “I’ve officially ended a long era of emotional investment”. The reasons are unimportant; I remain distressed in the calmest sense possible for reasons relevant to what I believe are “women relations” code of conduct.
So what’s next? Lethargic feelings merge at high and low ends with hopeful anticipations to continue forming new ties with women out there. I am and will continue to be a woman who believes strongly in the sisterhood bond that sensibly draws women together.
Looking back at my wealth of women networking within the somewhat substantial professional and social life I acquired and maintained over the years, I can not say that I’m entirely satisfied. I believe that for reasons that have to do with strict upbringing, limited access/mobility informed by a cast-al cultural structure, I have missed many valuable opportunities to connect with grass root women icons. Across Sudan with its vast and vivid tribal and cultural rituals, I can only imagine women within their different ascribed roles, their beautiful different skin tones and body images, their dialects and most importantly their daily empowerment innovations.
Even now I cant help but continue to wonder what women in South Sudan are feeling as citizens of a new nation, how women in Darfur feel and deal with their daily status quo of undeveloped lives and lost opportunities and how women of the centre deal with limited prospects in a community where the majority in numbers is the minority in status.
With applications like Web 2.0 and New media concepts I can only begin to imagine the wealth of opportunities I’m about to encounter, with such little effort and the maximum convenient benefits. Platforms for women discussions and published thought, possible friendship formations over similar yet diverse experiences, witty comments and most importantly corresponding emotional and intellectual entities, within their own space.
The “Global Women Movement” like many imported feminist jargon means very little to most third world feminists and women. In reality movements across social variables tend to get little recognition and approval due to exclusion and disagreement factors marginalizing certain factions within. Communication issues have had their long negative impact on internal women movements; the Sudanese Women Movement not exempted. The concept of Women Globally could -through a social media like this- be approached and challenged, women internationally contributing towards the movement concept, collaboratively building an international women association that works vigorously towards women empowerment (Women for Women).
As a woman I have and will continue to be principally guided by the sisterhood code as we in Sudan like to call it. Behavioral patterns, personal attributes that govern the way we think and act with great recognition and respect to life around us. Womanhood has always been a strive towards better humanitarianism to me, preached on its guiding principles by other fellow women from across generations. Now I can only imagine what effect novel preaching’s across boarders and social variables will have on my feminist self. Another dimension of empowerment I say without hesitation.