Today is International Women’s Day. What does that mean to you? In a world where women are still considered a second class citizen and need a day in the year to be recognized, this day does not mean much to me. It is only a reminder for us women that we still have lots of work to do to get our rights. I am a proud feminist but I’m also a cynical feminist. I have been this way since I was a little girl. I always wondered why do Women need to have a day and not Men! It’s easy now…. it is a consolation prize. It is basically just to say sorry for all the crap that you have to deal with. Sorry for the discrimination at work, the objectification in the media, the unequal pay, the unequal opportunity, the domestic abuse, the violence, the sexual harassment and sexual assault. Just think about it, how what women have to go through compared to men to start a family, a business, to get to leadership role. And if we do, we would be a minority and will still be treated as such. It may be true that this has to do with our genes, the chemical in our brains and overall how we are wired. But it does not deny the fact that this world favors men over women, or that men have owned the magic wand for too long. I am writing all of this and I honestly do not have an answer to this dilemma. But just think about the environment in the workplace as an example of what women face in the world. What makes things worse is when women turn against each other instead of being a aid to each other. I feel like I am getting lost in my thoughts. There is a poem that I absolutely love. It is called “If I should have a daughter”. It sums things up. Here it is … Enjoy!
The Palestinian Children Relief Fund (PCRF) is an noble organization working for a noble cause. Think of the innocent bystander of any war or conflict and you will immediately think of children. The PCRF, working through its many chapters throughout the US and the Arab world, takes critical cases of children injured in war zones and provides medical care. Due to the time of recovery of the injured children, many miss months and years of school. Their only hope for an independent future is education, as many suffer permanent injuries, like amputations. The PCRF is now taking on their noble cause one step further by setting up a fund to provide special tutoring for children who have been injured to get them back into school and to ensure that they do not incur compound losses in their health and also their education. If you would like to contribute or start a funding campaign, here is the link. Make sore to re-tweet, re-post and spread the word. For the children who are hungry for learning!