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Women’s rights and Men

In Events, General thoughts on March 8, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Though my title seems contradictory in itself, it is quite relevant in some sense. Let me explain myself:

Some men might feel really unconcerned by women’s rights in general but guys, just think how all this could be actually related to you!

If today, women were still forbidden to work, you would have still been the only one to run the household. Putting aside your man ego for one moment, don’t you think having a partner who’s bringing in her share in the monthly budget an advantage? Together you have more opportunities to build up on your dreams and live a more comfortable life. If you have a daughter, she can now be your support in your old days because she can earn a living on her own.

Being educated, a woman can very well take off some family responsibilities (or even share them) from your shoulder, without you losing the role of the head of the family. She can very well be a housewife but still helps the kids with their homework, drives them to school, takes care of bills at the end of the month ( of course I am not talking about paying it on her own!) and even helps you out with professional problems.

Besides, just imagine once, if women were still forced to stay indoors. How would this world be? No woman anywhere – no woman at work, no woman in the streets (leaving a trail of fragrance as she passes by you), no Madonna or Beyonce – only male singers, no female actors – only men disguised in women (Oh! And no Neytiri in Avatar or maybe Neytiri being dubbed by a man faking a female voice :-S ). In brief no feminine touch anywhere… Only guys to smile at you and guys to talk to and again guys to hang out with – aaall the time!

Well all this to make you guys realise how you are most certainly concerned by women’s rights. Today being the International Women’s Day, I wish to convey this message that the establishment of women’s rights has not only changed women’s lives but also yours.

I often hear guys saying: “How come you got women’s rights? And what about us men?”. Thinking deeply about it, I myself ask the question : “If human rights exist why then women’s rights? ” The reason would be simply that there was and unfortunately there’s still an inhumane attitude towards women where they are treated differently from men as being lower than human beings. This explains therefore the fight of women for their own rights. I personally find it really sad to have had to resort to specific rights for women. It shows that the very basic human rights were not applicable to us… This is not a discriminatory gesture in favor of women, on the contrary, having had to enforce special rights for women shows they were out of the human rights.

Since we are celebrating the century of the International Women’s Day, it calls for some reflection about the effectiveness of those women’s fight for their rights. Yes, the condition of women has greatly evolved worldwide. Yet, cases of mistreatment towards women haven’t disappeared completely. There are still those who are suffering in the silence, unaware of their rights…

Women do not want supremacy from men, all they want is an equal treatment as human beings! I wish all ladies reading this post a Happy Women’s Day and kudos to all guys who have been man enough to treat a woman as she rightly deserves it – with love and care.

P.S: Find my message for members of Netgroup Mauritius on Facebook, on the occcasion of the Women’s Day,  here

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  1. You said it all.
    Yes for equal opportunity, Yes for moving forward, Yes for Women’s rights.

    Maaaaaaaa, mo p gagne faimmmmmmmm 😛

  2. Now there’s some guy who deserves a kudo 😉

  3. What a delightful read. Preach it sister. “Stick it to the man” I always say.

  4. @beachvolleymu: thanks it’s always a pleasure seeing my article being appreciated and my opinion being heard out 😀
    Long Live Woman Spirit 😉

  5. Hi just pointing out two small facts.

    1. “Back Then” 1 wage pulls in enough money to feed and house the whole family, today 2 wages barley puts food on most families…

    2. “Back Then” moms were home all the time 100% devotion to their children. Now children are being taken care of by strangers, tv and the internet.

    Side note, women got their equal rights in work at the cost of living increase and lack of time for our future generations.

    Tell me was it all worth it?

    I’m not against women’s rights or anything, just saying trying to have an equal figures in the work force comes at some pretty heavy prices.

    • There are many families right here in Mauritius where there is only a mother/daughter taking care of the family. If these women were not working, they would not have been able to do so. Moreover, it has become very hard for one single spouse to work nowadays. I even know women who work while their husband are jobless and find it hard to cope, still they can afford for giving basic needs to their family.

      Women joining the workforce did help them to get an identity of themselves, who has the right to decide who is to stay home and who is to work between a man and a woman? Don’t women have ambitions, talents and skills too? Who said they were meant to stay at home only?

      Besides, the responsibility of future generations doesn’t only lie on the mother, its the responsibility of both parents. It’s up to both of them to come up with solutions instead of finding who’s to be blamed.

      Sure I understand your points yet the situation of the society today is not only due to women becoming independent, it’s a whole lot of consequences of how humans evolved together with its surroundings.

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