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WHAT'S SEX GOT TO DO WITH IT?

Intelligence has nothing to do with whether one is a male or female. So it is wrong for one to be judged on the basis of sex rather than on your ability to perform given task and meeting deadlines. I was in a bus sometime ago in the month of November with my friend. The traffic that day was so horrible that if it were possible to trek the length of the journey, I would have gladly done so. The traffic situation triggered up the discussion on the poor governance of the country; My friend joined the discussion and somewhere along the discussion, she chipped in that if women were allowed to play more effective role such as been the governor of states or be made president of the nation that the situation will be different because they(women) will govern the populace with a mothers’ heart and not out of selfishness that is the norm of people in government today and in the past in our country. What uproar! You needed to have been there! I actually thought the fourth world war was about to begin. The men attacked her verbally. One even asked if women have the brains to role a household not to mention a state or nation. He said outside the role of caregivers and wives, women can offer nothing more. She on the other hand went on to site instances of women in government in our nation that are exemplary and nations where women are presently secretary of state (Hilary Clinton), and presidents of other nations as examples. They argued on and on until I asked for permission to be heard and I asked ”WHATS’ SEX GOT TO DO WITH IT?” what we need is good governance and that can only be achieved by having the right people in authority irrespective of whether they are males or females. Well, I communicated to a few but some others went on with their myopic ideology.

Throughout history, women have been systematically abused just because they are physically weaker than men. This phenomenon takes place in times of peace, but it rages out of control in wartime. Just a brief look through the cycles of history is enough to prove this point - In the past; 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. Apart from women being physically weaker than men; they are equal to men in other respect. We have intelligent, motivated, achievers and successful women in their various chosen works of lives. Women have played active role in political spheres in times of war and at peace times. For instance, the first known anti-war manifestation led by women took place in 411 B.C.E when the play Lysistrata was premiered in Ancient Greece. The play was based on the bloody war between the Athenians and Spartans that lasted for 20 years. The women of the Acropolis and of neighbouring cities, led by Lysistrata, agreed to begin a sex strike. They firmly resisted their husbands' sexual advances while the conflict lasted. The male warriors couldn't take it anymore and finally decided to make peace.

The most feminist manifesto heard of at the time, entitled The Vindication of the Rights of Women, was published in 1792. Its author, the Englishwoman Mary Wollstoncraft (1759-1797), aimed to change the idea that women only existed for men's pleasure. The proposal was highly controversial. It called for educational, political, labour, and moral rights equal to those applied to men. This was contrary to the absolutism of kings, a political system that she accused of preventing equal power between men and women. Men exercised absolute tyranny over women, and the key to overcoming this female subordination was free access to education. This, she claimed would put women in equal conditions compared to men, hence achieving economic independence with paid activities. However, she did not place importance on political vindications and did not refer to women's right to vote.

In the year 1903, Marie Curie won the Nobel Prize in Physics. In 1910, an opening came up in the French Scientific Academy and her name was proposed. The Academy answered: “Women are not allowed to be part of the French Scientific Academy,” barring her name from the academy for 10 years. Her intelligence could not be ignored for too long and she went on to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1911.

International Women's Day was created in 1908. There are several explanations behind the origin of this day, which is still celebrated every year”- When it comes to gender issues, women have always been subordinate to men, and therefore, large scale battles have been, and continue to be, waged in order to make gender balance, equality, and equity a reality. The World Summit for Social Development was held in 1995, in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was decided among other commitments that equality and equity between men and women was to be furthered and that the participation and direct functions of women in political, civil, economic, social, and cultural affairs were to be increased. The 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women (in Beijing, China) renewed the international community's commitment to gender equality and peace development objectives for all women, and it placed the issue of women's positions on the agenda for the 21st century. This meant a declaration and the development of a Platform of Action called”The Beijing Platform of Action”.

It is your attitude that will determine your altitude; because “SEX HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT”. So what’s that thing that is limiting you? Raise against it today and attain the pinnacle of your desire!!!!!!!!!

NB:extract from my course on preventing violence against women.

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