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Women though physically weaker in body build and muscle mass than men can perform a given task just as good if given equal opportunity or chance- they are equal to men in other respect. We have intelligent, motivated, achievers and successful women all over the globe today even in less friendly circumstances. Women have generally filled a subordinate position with respect to men. This secondary position has always been associated with a set family structure that differentiated gender roles. These roles limit the girl child from birth even to adulthood in political, civil, economic, social, and cultural affairs. In view of this fact, a platform of action was established - “The Beijing Platform of Action”. It established a set of strategic objectives and explained measures that needed to be taken no later than the year 2000 by governments, the international community, non-governmental organisations, and the private sector in order to eliminate obstacles that hamper gender issues.

The 12 spheres of special concern identified in the document, considered as representative of the main obstacles for the advancement of women, are as follows:
The persistent and increasing burden of poverty on women;
Inequalities and inadequacies in, and unequal access to, education and training;
Inequalities and inadequacies in, and unequal access to, health care and related services;
Violence against women;
The effects of armed or other kinds of conflict on women, including those living under foreign occupation;
Inequality in economic structures and policies in all forms of productive activities and in access to resources;
Inequality between men and women in the sharing of power and decision-making at all levels;
Insufficient mechanisms at all levels to promote the advancement of women Lack of respect for and inadequate promotion and protection of the human rights of women;
Stereotyping of women and inequality in women's access to, and participation in, all communication systems, especially the media;
Gender inequalities in the management of natural resources and in the safeguarding of the environment;
Persistent discrimination against and violation of the rights of the girl child

Just like the two sides of the coin is essential for a coin to be called a coin, so nature in order to ensure continuity in creation has made it mandatory for both the male and female species of a every creature to walk together each performing its functions to produce its kind: the male pollen and female pollen are both necessary for pollination to take place to ensure continuity in plants: in humans, the male sperm and the female eggs are both necessary for reproduction to take place. What about in the animal kingdom, can a lion pregnant another lion? Cock another cock? These same techniques apply to every other living creature.
Truth is we need each other; male or female, we are just two sides of a coin therefore our differences should be celebrated and not be used against one other because “HEAD OR TAIL” A COIN IS A COIN!

NB: I am not a professional writer just like I am not a professional singer but I love to do both: so just after I concluded this article, these lyrics just came flowing through my mind:
I..... NEED..... U
YOU.... NEED....ME
I ........A.....LONE
BUT.......YOU...AND I
I...AND.... YOU

Can you make a song out of it and teach it to your kids? I can’t wait for mine to get back so I can teach them!

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olutosin's picture


Thanks for this thought.

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town


Tessie's picture

dear sister, you are welcome.

dear sister,
you are welcome. keep up the fight, you are a strong vioce in our community. i appreciate you.

salient cry

topieopolot's picture


hello tessie thank you and i always look forward to reading from you. i have no kids but well i can not wait to go and try it out with a friend or two ..haha.
any way like you mentioned men and women need each other and without the other then the other may ceases to exist.God knows why he did what i did and just so you know and i hope other people out there know, we are all EQUAL
no doubt about it and i my self have never even considered men to be superior to women. we have proven it have we not? we as as much intelligent as any one and can do what any man can do provided we are given the incentive and for what we may not be able to match in physical sense, then we make up for it in intelligence!

you also have given me something to read on...the Beijing platform for....... thank you

let no one tell any of us that we are weak or any thing!.. for we are not

thank you once more and with xmas drawing near i wish you and your family a best xmass ever.

Tessie's picture

dear sister, i always look

dear sister, i always look forward to reading your comment because you always encourage me. tanx a million. I ought to have replied to your comment ealier but i have been really busy and have not been able to link up with you all on Worldpulse. as an event planner, i get really busy at this time of the year. if you are interested, then maybe we can link-up via skpe with Binapate on a seminar on peacekeeping. she promised to help educate us and i will love to invite you along and any other woman in your community that is interested. you know, in time of conflicts, women and children are the most affected and yet most ignored during peacebuilding process and talks. please let me know what you think. we plan it for january.

salient cry

topieopolot's picture

thank you

Thank you Tessie for the invite... well i do hope to join you.
lets cross to 2013 and hope we all survive.
get me details when and if you can ... no rash you say its in jan?
and well no worries i know we all get caught up in what we do, and i wish you more success in it.
bye for now and once more merry xmass

Tessie's picture

merry xmas. i'll keep in

merry xmas. i'll keep in touch

salient cry

Debra Engle's picture

Thank you!

Thank you for the Beijing Platform of Action and putting those points in context. I agree...we all need each other as human beings, and there's a reason we're all here together. Your voice will help us move forward in treating one another with more respect and equality. Thank you!

Tessie's picture

Head or Tail....a coin is a coin

Thank you Debra,
Indeed non is better than the other and we need each other to be happy and complete. My desire is to have a transformed world, where love and respect for each other will govern every of our actions.I will continue to be a voice until I see this change.
here's wishing you a fulfilling 2013.
thank you once again.

salient cry

aimeeknight's picture

Thank you for sharing this

Thank you for sharing this informative article. The addition of the lyrics was a very nice touch. I agree, there is strength in working together.

"One shoe can change a life" ~ Cinderella

Tessie's picture

Thank you for your comment.

Thank you for your comment. One shoe indeed can change a life dear sister!

salient cry

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