By Kris Jean B. Cabana and Hannah Mae O. Catong, BA International Studies, University of San Jose-Recoletos
EACH day, we have moments when we think a lot and imagine things that are beyond the horizon, believing that these aspirations won’t happen, but, in reality, are attainable.
The same thing took place many years ago, when women could only visualize how they were going to gain their rights and fight oppression in many countries and cultures. They weren’t allowed to practice and exercise their rights.
On the other hand, some people view women as weak and dependent. The stereotyping of women as incapable of doing what men can remains pervasive. That when, in fact, women are also capable of doing what men can do.
These sad stories became their strength in dealing with their lives, in facing circumstances and pushed them to fight for what they believed in which proved everyone wrong.
The Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (Cedaw) is an international body that monitors the situation of women, making them the focus of human rights concerns. This gave hope to many girls upon claiming their rights and promoted awareness as the stepping stone to eliminate discrimination. Henceforth, the combined voice of women is powerful and can uplift our communities.
In honor of Women’s Month, these things the community must recognize: Women’s sense of self-worth; their right to determine choices; to have access to opportunities and resources; to have power and control over their own lives, both within and outside the home; and their ability to influence the direction of social change, nationally and internationally. By these, women will have an idea of what to properly exercise, recognize and to enjoy the rights they deserve. We try to reflect on women every day in the best way we can ever think of.
Thus, March has been known to be the month full of realizations and celebrations for women around the globe. This isn’t merely to celebrate their role in the community and family, but also to commemorate their accomplishments and to look back at how women fought for their liberty and proved to everyone and to themselves that it is better not to negatively think about the capabilities of others and oneself.
We remember former US senator and first lady Hillary Clinton’s reminder to every women: to never doubt that you’re valuable, powerful and you deserve of every chance and opportunity in the world.