My mom is 50 today the 8th of March 2019!!! And what better theme for this year’s International Women’s Day celebration than #BalanceforBetter. I usually tell my friends my mom is a real woman because she was born on IWD. And yet again this year confirms it as she turns 50 on a year the theme is #BalanceforBetter. As a gender activist it resonates with our advocacy for a 50/50 balance for both gender on the table and not having one on the table and the other on the menu. To commemorate this year's International Women's Day and my mother's 50th Anniversary celebration I am dedicating this poem titled "50 For A Balance" to every woman and man, girl and boy on why we should equally share the table and not have one party on the table and another on the menu.
50 For A Balance
Boys and Girls
We are created
Born with unique abilities
Distinct by body organs
Men and Women
We grow up to be
With varying exposure to opportunities
Yet serving the same communities and people
50 percent boys, 50 percent girls
50 percent men, 50 percent women
Inclusive, equal and equitable
Sharing the same opportunities
Equally contributing to our communities
Equally making the decisions
Equally achieving our shared goals
50 for a Balance.
Change starts with a story.