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Nov 1, 2012
Presently, many young girls and women in our societies have an education and work in areas where once upon a time only men could have had the privilege. But regardless of education and status, many women are still being used and abused and their rights not respected. Throughout history, women have fought gender-based stereotypes and have proven to be as equal and as capable as men. Without the input of women, our societies would be completely dysfunctional. Why then, despite being born equal and having human rights and sexual and reproductive rights as such, are women’s rights not fully respected? Some may say that women have succeeded in proving to the world that they are not only domestic workers and sex objects but women of strength, value, intellect and dignity. And while that is true, our efforts have demonstrated not to be enough. As a matter of fact, there are men and few women, who still believe that women are nothing more than just the fragile version of a human being. Apparently, there are still women in our society who are abused by their husbands and who are forced to have children as a way to stay tied to their husbands. These women, especially those who are educated and hold a particular status, remain in silence by fear of being judged, criticized and labeled as a victim of domestic abuse. This is a wake-up call to all those women who feel ashamed of breaking the silence. You are not alone. You have rights and there are people out there who will help you but you need to pick up the courage and the strength to speak up for you and for your rights. If you have children, let them be the strength that will motivate you to put an end to the abuse because, at the end of the day, your loved ones are also affected by your suffering. Our rights exist and were made to ensure that all people are treated equally regardless of age, sex, gender, religion, race, health condition, and the list can go on, so that our societies would live in peace and solidarity. This is the ideal society which we all long for but our reality is different. Our reality begs for people to stand up for their rights, to speak up when taken advantage of, to advocate for change but most importantly to open our eyes and see and realize that we can make a change. Women of today don’t be afraid of letting your voice heard. Abuse is a crime; being a victim is not! Fear ought to be replaced with courage for women are fragile yet strong and we can break the chains that prevent us from being free.