WomenNC’s mission is to lead North Carolina’s young adults in the elimination of injustice against women and girls. Our vision is to raise a generation that will honor women’s human rights. This blog follows the experiences of our talented fellows. Enjoy reading about their journeys!
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Blog 9- International Womens Day
How does one sum up a day like today?A day of CSW and NGO consultations mixed with
made to order Popeye’s chicken and International Women’s day, followed by
marches into Time Square….As we have
gone through this fellowship and tightened and perfected our presentations, the
expression “If you had to sum up all of your research into one sentence, what
would you say?” has been reiterated explicitly.
So, to take that sentiment to heart, I will sum up today in as few words
as possible: Solidarity mixed with a splash of crazy.
Let me begin by defining crazy.Anyone who does not fit within a “mold” is
often deemed as different or “off their rocker” … or for lack of better words:
crazy.Crazy does not mean that one is
not in their right mind, but that their mind is not always right for the
times.Feminism and gender equality by
some may be considered crazy; but after the passion, commitment and diversity
that was displayed today throughout the day’s activities, crazy is not a limitation
of the mind, it is a limitation presented by closed minded governments and law
Those who live by the mere fact
of tradition are the ones without minds.It does not take much to notice and absorb the energies of highly
educated and passionate women’s rights advocates and the impact that they have
on the world.It is only crazy not to
consider the impact that CEDAW can have on the world.
Throughout my travels I have seen the suffering that under privileged
women, children (and men) live in.To
see women of indigenous backgrounds and men of typically machismo societies
bringing to light the importance of gender equality, and to see the impacts that
they are having in their own countries with regards to supporting human rights is
a humbling and all together inspiring experience.Meeting representatives from other countries
who share a plethora of experiences and influences truly bring light the goals
and aspirations that CSW has.
solidarity of men and women of different cultural and religious origins, coming
together to support CEDAW and women’s rights speaks to the power strength in
numbers.If members of the governments
could open their eyes to the power of unity, mountains could be moved.