I had written a piece to commemorate the International Women’s Day but left the draft to breathe. By the time I came back to it, I knew I shouldn’t post it because it sounded wrong to me. My thought was, why not celebrate the International Women’s Day 2019 with a twist?
Sure, I had written about The Woman. How not many of us are appreciated enough, if at all. About how, if we have never been celebrated for the things we do as women in our families, work places, communities and groups etc, perhaps it was time for us to be the ones celebrating others instead — without airs, no condescension, not sizing one another up because to be honest, relationships between women can be complicated; we are our own worst enemies.
Then I thought: why focus on us us? For me, the very people we should celebrate are those who have no idea what the ‘International Women’s Day’ is all about. I thought that for us to achieve our desire for gender equality, and the required balance for better — the theme of this year’s IWD celebration, we must first learn to acknowledge and appreciate those female counterparts that we ordinarily do not give much thought to. These women are not aware that we are celebrating a day dedicated to our gender because they probably don’t read the papers, don’t receive our broadcast messages or emails, they are not online to read about organizations that recognize and give awards to women all over the world in celebration of their womanhood and achievements. What’s more, they are not invited to the conferences and summits that celebrates their gender.
Zainab Musa - Proudly Nigerian. Muses but finds it difficult to put pen to paper…when put, vacillates between ‘to post or not to post!’