Happy Mothers Day to every mother and intending mother out there.
While we appreciate the women, I cannot but remiscent over the various ills that still beset the 21st century woman and the need to improve the lots of woman world wide. Even in so-called advanced countries where the law seems to work, issues of harassment; sexual or racial is still an everyday occurrence.
The recently released Chibok girls is testimony to the struggles an average African woman still faces. She can be kidnapped, raped, forced into marriage, given as a reward for a job well done and used as a bait, body shield and bargaining chip.
The path of development of the girl child is still clogged with lack of education, circumcision, early marriage with its attendant health problems, widowhood rites, a society that sees the female gender only from the worth of her vagina and exposure to every form of sexual depravity known to man.
Government policies over the years have paid only lip service to bringing injustices against the female gender to a minimum. Court cases against predators of our girls are left pending for too long if at all it makes it to the courts.
As we celebrate another Mothers Day, our government agencies, NGOS, religious bodies must live up to their name and join hands to bring injustices against the female gender to its barest minimum. It is not only subsidy fights NGOS are set up to fight; we must see them fight the causes they swore to fight. Our various Ministry for Women affairs are not just there as a form of political correctness. They must not only fight causes that will benefit the female race but must be seen to be fighting the causes as the only thing we usually see is the geles, long speeches, bottled water and bling bling background at their various meetings.
It is easy to call on organized bodies to live up to expectation but more needs to be done by the female race itself; mothers, sisters, grandmothers, aunts, nieces, school heads, CEOs etc
You become a part of the problem when you rather keep quiet to save face than face that rapist, be it a father, uncle or figure of authority. It is sad when you see a woman shaming another rather than join hands to face that perpetrator of evil.
Sisters, ending violence against women begins with you and I.
Happy Mothers Day.