On this International Women's Day, we would like to take a moment to acknowledge opinions about African women's rights and social issues. The following is a work of op-ed authored by the editor.
Africa makes great progress for the rights of women and children.
In previous decades, the needs of young children and the rights of women have been denied to many communities across the nations of Africa. Specifically, women have faced grave challenges to have direct access to resources. Such as the cardinal resource_education.
Women face the awesome responsibility of promoting the voice of the vulnerable young. How can a woman be expected to do this well without an education? Today, we recognize the lax standard of female education that has existed in Africa. We seek to promote a reversal of this grave state.
Many women, often tasked with this sacred purpose, have found the integrity of their own adulthood compromised. They have been stripped of adult choice and therefore denied an education that could equip them to question otherwise.
For too long some men have socially treated women as if they were children. This is wrong for two reasons. One, a woman is not a child. When the wisdom of a mature woman is forsaken, the people will perish. Wisdom is of old and is the principal thing. A wise woman will make a glad man. A bitter woman will be his prison.
Second, it is vile to treat children without respect. When a woman is relegated to the status of "child" this implies that a child's interests and intellect are also "less than." Teaching a child from the youngest age that their voice and consent matters is the faster way to their respect. To earn love and to extend compassion is better than to maintain some status quo. Yes, a child must learn discipline. A child will learn discipline and reverence first and foremost through the way his mother is treated. Remember this and find greater peace in the home.
Relegated to a status of inferior purpose and intellect has put many women in a terrible position. Women have been pressured into untimely marriages with much older men. The right to pursue education has been limited. The sanctity of a woman's consent in sexual behaviors has been heavily oppressed_even to the point where nursing mothers in Uganda must fight for discretion while nursing their infants. See this story "She Can't Say No" here.
Women are predominately the caretaker of children. The immense burden of raising the human race has fallen to them. Today, we honor this sacrifice. We recognize the abuses and the usurpations of this sacrifice. We demand justice. Men who are not responsible for this sort of abuse must take responsibility for solving it. Why? To honor their mothers, and protect the sacredness of their children.
Still, women and girls are not merely for raising children. They have dreams and aspirations of their own. Today, The New African Living Standard honors those who promote the young woman of Africa. She is the future of a "New Africa." The daughter of the dream. Customs that were once acceptable will be questioned. A new day and a new idea will come. Allow this change to come. Her will should not be crushed. Her dream should not be denied. Guide her. Call out the queen in her. See Sheba rise.
Be blessed on this day,
Editor-in-Chief The New African Living Standard
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