International Women’s Day … Occupy Blogoshere

During the News Hour last evening we listened to a piece on the horrors of living in The Democratic Republic of Congo, for women. This story is for me not new and one of the saddest upon earth. The women of Congo have been caught in the middle of a decades old war over the rich resources and precious minerals beneath ground. These women are systematically raped, murdered and tortured as tools of war. There is a long history of kidnaping children in Congo and inducting them into armies. This is because children have no fear and no conscience and are therefore willing participants. Children soldiers turn into the men who commit these acts against women with absolutely no conscience. As a result this is a country filled with sociopathic men. Last night’s piece was about a physician and his wife who started Heal Africa. Heal is an acronym related to their work of rescuing and healing the women who have been the victims of these atrocities.

I have always known how lucky I have been being married to David. He said something last night during the News Hour story that he has said many time in the past. Precisely he said to me: “I know I have said this before but I will say it again and again; if you gave your foreign aid to the women of this world instead of the men, governments or agencies, many if not most of the problems that exist in the world today would cease to exist. Hunger, war, poverty and inequality would greatly decrease if not disappear all together. To that end on International Women’s Day I write this haiku.

Credit here.

peace in each magnolia blossom held by woman

8 thoughts on “International Women’s Day … Occupy Blogoshere

  1. I think the world is ruled in a rather one-sided manner. One can only hope for a more balance in the world in the future. In many parts of the world, women are truly in a serious disadvantage and horribly treated. I love the image that this haiku conjures.

    Cheers to you, Raven.

  2. In ancient times women were equal in society. Their role was every bit as much as important as were men’s roles but, with organised religion women were relegated to being second class citizens, their role merely to feed men and reproduce. Your husband is right, if women governed most of the worlds problems would be solved and there would be no more wars. All governments usually end up being corrupted by money or the power becomes too addictive. Women are much more likely to talk through problems and share their wealth with others less fortunate. In the past 100 years women are becoming so much more aware of exactly how powerful she once was and, slowly women in the west are learning to take back their power of equality. Sadly that doesn’t apply to all of these other countries who are fighting religious wars to impose even more tighter constraints on women’s rights and their freedom.
    Great post for International Women;s day.

  3. ok, i am not completely sold on giving all the power to women…i think we have learned enough from having it ruled mostly by men to know we need a greater balance of the two…smiles.

    but i do celebrate womens day, because where would we be without you. smiles.

  4. Liz, thanks for addressing this. I love what your husband said so much! The micro finance movement which helps women support their families says that when you help raise up women, the whole village benefits. It cant happen fast enough!!!! I LOVE your beautiful haiku! (I am very late getting around visiting)

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