Everyday is a day for making a choice. Everyday, we can show an act of defiance or we can choose to LOVE, to TAKE RISKS, and to MAKE A STAND.
Today, I decide to affirm what I have been thinking and doing all along. To act AGAINST any ACTS of VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. To show “Love for fellow Women” by joining the advocacy on gender and development (GAD) which promotes equality of the rights of and provision of opportunities for both sexes, but more for women who suffered biases and discrimination because of society’s gendered perspectives on women’s roles, rights and even, abilities. Among the manifestation of these social constructs on women were/are manifested in violence committed against them in the form of physical, emotional, psychological and financial abuse.
(photo source: unitedhumanrights.org)
So, today, to concretize my Act of Love for my fellow women and their children and their families, I declare that me and this blog will be insistent advocate of Gender and Development and Violence against Women. I will continue to study and research on the history and issues that contributed to the current plight of women so I would be able to understand better how to respond and help through education and training, and by providing psychological first aid to the women victims of gender-based violence.
This fight, I know, would be tedious and frustrating as it means changing the world’s 100-decade perception on gender. But, as a woman, as a mother, and as a child of God; I should never lose hope in wanting change, in moving towards that desired change.
Thus, I encourage everyone to join me in this bandwagon against gender discrimination and against violence against women. “Let’s Move and Let’s Love” just as the newest scents of Benetton dare us to try.
Let’s all dare to show concern; to share our God’s given talents, abilities, and resources to help others in need. Let us be instrument of peace and love to make this world, or simply in a micro level, our country or our communities, a better place to live in.
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