Why are we – as cultures and societies – so disinclined to pursue and so slow to deliver what is good for women?
Is a woman’s capacity to create a human so terrifying that we cannot rally ourselves to end the violence and diminishment that have characterized the circumstances of women for millennia?
If men had the ability to gestate and deliver human babies, wouldn’t reproductive privilege be enshrined in our laws and institutions. Would there not be world class maternity care, generous parental leave, well subsidized, convenient, professional childcare.
Would not abortion be legal, easy to access, and free?
Would not rape and domestic violence be treated as preventable, healable afflictions for perpetrator and survivor?
We denizens of half the sky are the answer. The rub is that too many of us are either caged by privilege (immobilized) or stranded in destitution (lost). Both groups – and all the company living in between – can drive their own beautiful ripples into sea change. We’ve got a job to do together.
Our contribution to the effort: Women’s Centers International. Come ripple with us! Here’s how.
From Miriam A., Nairobi, Kenya
“Baraka Women Center became the springboard of my second chance in life. I can’t believe what is happening to me and my baby girl! I am only counting blessings one by one from the day I joined Baraka Women Center. KEEP THE CANDLE LIT FOR THE VOICELESS GIRLS AND WOMEN!”