“I think the key is for women not to set any limit.”
Posting this in support of women in military who dominated the top class of PMA 2016-2017 but who, despite their performance as excellent cadets in training, will have limited exposure in combat as the plan of the military organization is to simply assign them to administrative or office positions (as they say, fit women) but such move shall not merit these women in military career glories.
I maybe wearing a modern Filipiniana in this picture but even this breaks a stereotype, that even I, a known strong woman, can be fragile and feminine too, but this does not mean that this fragility or vulnerability should be mistaken for my inability to be a leader, a thinker and a doer and to perform successfully in culturally designated fields for men.
It’s still Women’s month. Let us not mistaken this celebration to mean that we women wishes to antagonize men or occupy men’s space in our society. Instead, this is a continuing effort for everyone, men and women, to understand that gender and development is not a battle of the sexes, rather, a perspective that changes how the society labeled people according to their gender, setting their limitations or domination over another person or group.
We always hear about cliches on “reclaiming or restoring humanity” but we still fail to see the basic truth — that until now, we are still not genuinely open in sharing our space with others who we deem are not our equals, gender-wise, beauty-wise, intelligence-wise or economic status-wise.
Lest we truly understand what equality and equity means in treating others, we shall continue to fail restoration of humanity.
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