Social Justice in the place I call home

Basudha Modak
Posted November 26, 2019 from South Africa

Yesterday marked the first day of 16 days of activism. And to me social justice is absolutely the fundamental right of any human, irrespective of whether they are men or women. Staying in South Africa, I have realized that Gender based violence has reached iconic proportions and when I talk about justice, it should engulf every single woman I have ever met or will meet in the future. 

No woman needs to ask for her most basic right over her body, mind and thoughts. When access is denied, we are spoiling the future of her, and all the generations that follow her. She must be allowed to be in any situation without fear of backlash from society.  A  safe place where judgment is passed solely for the wrong doer and no women is forced to feel guilty for the perpetuators action, be it domestic violence leading to more serious crimes, or as simple as the choice to have a baby or not, going to work and earn her living. I know I am talking about a big concept, spread over changing the mindset of generations that have been forced into submission, but if not now. When? And I believe that the time is now, that younger women are tired and are ready to own up their full responsibility and take action for what happens to them.  And with this positive thought of full participation, I believe the world is ready to give a woman what she deserves and is her right. Only then social justice will prevail in the turmoil of society. to be continued...

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NgoreAfricaAbunawOlive
Nov 27, 2019
Nov 27, 2019

Yes sister, women's rights are human rights

Basudha Modak
Nov 27, 2019
Nov 27, 2019

Thank you Yes,if each one of us supports just another .Soon there will be peace .

Jill Langhus
Nov 27, 2019
Nov 27, 2019

Hi Basudha,

How are you? You're too right that it's a fundamental right. Sometimes, I get concerned, though, that it's not just mostly men and boys that perpetuate the norms, but girls and women. I've always been met with quite a bit of resistance from women in my lifetime whenever I did or said anything feminist, or egalitarian. I do hope this tide changes soon. Perhaps if they see other girls and women speaking up, they will be more emboldened to see things in another, just way?!

Hope you're doing well, and having a great week!

Basudha Modak
Nov 27, 2019
Nov 27, 2019

You are so right and I too face it..starting from own family members who are women .I am not being rude when I say No. just changing myself and asking those who listen to do so too ..I hope I am changing others thoughts that way,only time will tell .

Jill Langhus
Nov 27, 2019
Nov 27, 2019

Yeah, I hear you:-( Sorry to hear that, dear. It's hard to be a black sheep.

No, you're not! Keep it up!

I think that you are, but, yes, time will tell. We're here to support you, too!!

XX

Carol Sunborn
Nov 27, 2019
Nov 27, 2019

I agree with you 100%. Change is not easy but the end of GBV and the rise of self autonomy is absolutely necessary for a happy fulfilling life for every man woman and child

Basudha Modak
Nov 28, 2019
Nov 28, 2019

I believe so too .

Anish Kar
Nov 28, 2019
Nov 28, 2019

I perceive that besides other factors, religions over centuries had been a major cause behind the unjust & unequal condition of womenfolk. Even now many religions fundamentally don't put men & women on the same pedestal.
Society has evolved, science & technology has evolved and the only thing left to evolve now are orthodox religions. Only then change on mass level will commence.

Basudha Modak
Nov 28, 2019
Nov 28, 2019

I believe more than religion ,patriarchy is the major cause of inequality .I am not religious,but society ,irrespective of any religion tries to control women .Hence the inequality .

Anish Kar
Nov 28, 2019
Nov 28, 2019

True that patriarchy is the reason but patriarchy is not some alien concept brought to planet earth on board Apollo 11! Patriarchy was born out of age-old religions or religious scriptures to be exact.

maeann
Nov 28, 2019
Nov 28, 2019

Hi Basudha,

I agree and stand with you. #IStandWithher

Basudha Modak
Nov 28, 2019
Nov 28, 2019

Thank you Maenn..

Madhuri Deshkar
Nov 29, 2019
Nov 29, 2019

हा बहन सभी को मानव अधिकार समान मिलने चाईये आपकी कहाणी काफी सरानी है

Basudha Modak
Nov 29, 2019
Nov 29, 2019

Thank you ,sunbey key liye.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 01, 2019
Dec 01, 2019

Hello, dear Basudha,

Thank you for speaking up and adding your voice on women's rights as human rights. Thank you for participating to the #IStandWithHer campaign. Together, we can create an impact.

Basudha Modak
Dec 01, 2019
Dec 01, 2019

Thank u for hearing.Every one of us are changing the lives of others ..just by sharing the stories .

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 01, 2019
Dec 01, 2019

You're welcome, dear sister. Yes, you are right! Our stories give birth to our voices, and together we are amplifying our voice until the whole world hears. Keep it up, my dear! We stand with you!

Carol Sunborn
Jan 24
Jan 24

Please give us an up date. How is yours activism going? You are right that your time is now . Two steps forward, one step back but we will win.

Basudha Modak
Jan 24
Jan 24

I have just spoken today on the position of South Africa and the total African continent.
Looking forward to some positive support for us.