Happy International Women's Day!

Najwa Kareem
Posted March 8, 2019 from United States

Happy International Women's Day!

Salaam Alaikum/Peace be upon you to all of our beloved Mothers (blood and adopted) who have passed on and those who exist in this temporal reality, as well as to our beloved foremothers, step Mothers, God mothers, Aunts, sisters, neices, female cousins, female friends, sisters from our faith traditions, sisters in life, and any other pertinent females I have failed to mention. 

A lot of progress has been made but in many ways I feel women are worse off than their foremothers. So much talk concerning women is about women's empowerment. In my opinion, the focus should be more about women doing what we were created to do and men doing what they were created to do. Instead of focusing primarily on empowering women, why not remind men of who they are?; who they were designed to be. Why not encourage men? Why not let them know that we need them to help us by using their gifts and God-given abilities to do right by us, to do right by their women folk in their lives? Why not let them know that we trust their desire and we trust that they can and will fulfill their God-given responsibilities which include their responsibilities to be the providers and protectors of their women folk on all levels. Why not support men and communicate our confidence in men to step up to the plate and hit a home run ⚾?

More to add this weekend Insha Allah/God-Willing.

My best,



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Hello, Najwa,

Happy International Women's Day!

Coming from the Philippines, we do benefit a lot from women empowerment. :)

Mar 09
Mar 09

Alaikum Assalam. Happy International Women's day to you.

Mar 09
Mar 09

i agree with you my dear but because so many men have vowed not to do good by their womenfolk hence the push for laws and policies to force their hands. With all the push so many countries are still finding it difficult to be signatories to some of these treaties.
But it is not unthinkable. we should mainstream the suggestions into our activities while advocating. thank you for this wonderful view

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 10
Mar 10

Hello Najwa,
I agree that we need to encourage men to do right by the women folk in their lives, and women in general. Given the situation we were born into, however, with strict roles defined, with so much violence toward women and girls, with laws made by men that we are expected to obey and that do not work for us, and are unfair, for the lack of freedom for many, like me, for whom the stated purpose of the life of a woman is not what I want to do with my life, with all this, and especially with the ongoing violence toward women, my focus will remain to do everything I can to empower women and girls, as a new form of leadership is necessary to heal ourselves, and the way we treat this beautiful earth.

Jill Langhus
Mar 12
Mar 12

I agree wholeheartedly, Tam. I believe that women's empowerment, equality and supporting men, and the earth is the only way forward:-)

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