Women's Right Are Not Negotiable

Sybil Nmezi
Posted March 1, 2012 from Nigeria
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Human rights help lift people out of poverty and injustice, allow them to assert their dignity and guarantee sustainable development so when we speak about Women’s Right are Human Rights, this is what we mean. We believe that everyone should have the right to: A livelihood, better working conditions and better protection of the natural resources on which poor communities depend. Women are entitled to basic amenities, accessible good health services because healthy and educated woman is an essential step along the route out of poverty. Yet millions of women have no access to health services, schooling or safe water, land or loan facilities. They are constantly at risk from illnesses that are easily prevented or treated, or are unable to read and write, which means exclusion from their society. Women worldwide should campaign for more and better aid, with a focus on basic services. War and natural disasters cause untold suffering for millions of women around the world and keep them locked in poverty and further make their body an extension of the battle ground for the soldiers. In disasters, women are at a greater risk of violence, disease and abuse. They are the target! Un-empowered women cannot make choices, they often have little influence over decisions that affect their lives and that of their children. They are not allowed to be heard and are marginalized – because they are women. Enough is enough! Stop that discrimination and stigmatization today, Women are your fellow humans and not second class citizens , they have the right to speak for themselves enjoy equal access to jobs, essential services and influence decision in families , communities and the states .

International Women's Day 2012

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Jade Frank
Mar 01, 2012
Mar 01, 2012

Dear Sybil,

Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures of women in Nigeria, sharing information and encouragement to stand up for their rights. I have met so many courageous women from Nigeria here in the PulseWire community and am inspired each day by the progress you are leading for gender equality in your country.

You are the first to join the World Pulse International Women's Day party - you put Nigeria on the map! Look!http://www.worldpulse.com/iwd2012

I am celebrating with you, with my sisters in Nigeria, and worldwide. I agree Sybil, enough is enough! I am standing and dancing in solidarity with you.

xoxo Jade

Sybil Nmezi
Mar 02, 2012
Mar 02, 2012

Thank you for commenting on my write up . Happy to celebrate and dance with you and all women on Pulse Wire community at this year's Women's Day. I shout Three Gwosaas!!! for all women around the world -Gwosaa! Gwosaa! Gwosaa!.

It is a solidarity shout in my Language (-Igbo)

Sybil

Ifesinachi Sam-Emuwa
Mar 01, 2012
Mar 01, 2012

Hi NMEZI SYBIL,

What a lovely piece you have written, of a truth Women's Right Are Not Negotiable. Everyone needs to know that ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

Thanks Sis and CHEERS

Ifesinachi

Sybil Nmezi
Mar 02, 2012
Mar 02, 2012

Thanks for for your solidarity.

Sybil

Olanike
Mar 01, 2012
Mar 01, 2012

Lovely and inspiring piece Sister Nmezi. Just as you rightly shared, women are trapped in a cycle of problems that arise from denying and or depriving women of their their rights. Women are the key agents to solve the problems of hunger, poverty, wide spread illiteracy, child and maternal mortality, environmental degradation and inequalities that have become the bane of most societies across the world. Women are at the center of it all, yet they are least represented when decisions are being about the very issues that touch on their lives. Every day, women are confronted by the stark realities of development responses that over look women's needs and knowledge, by pass women's contributions, favor and benefit men above women, give control to men, limit women to traditional roles, saddle women with unrecognized responsibilities, impoverish women the more, increase women's vulnerability, deprive women of their self worth, render women ineffective, ................................. The list is endless. Denying women of their rights no doubt reinforces women's deprivation and marginalization. Women's needs and roles in the society must be duly recognized! Your message is worth re-echoing! Women's Rights Are Not Negotiable.

Thoughtfully,

Olanike Olugboji

Sybil Nmezi
Mar 02, 2012
Mar 02, 2012

Thank you for your comments that re- echoed ! Women Right Are Not Negotiable

Women in Nigeria appreciate your solidarity.

Sybil

Hin Kunthea
Mar 01, 2012
Mar 01, 2012

Dear Sister Sybil,

I agree with you that "War and natural disasters cause untold suffering for millions of women around the world and keep them locked in poverty...." Enough is enough... Nigeria is far from Cambodia but i'm sure the women face the same thing. I like your title : Women's Right Are Not Negotiable.

Cheers better for women

Kunthea, Cambodia

Sybil Nmezi
Mar 02, 2012
Mar 02, 2012

My dear sister, thanks for agreeing with us in Nigeria.Though Cambodia is far from Nigeria I also I agree with you that the women are really facing the same thing. Happy Women's Day!

HAKUNA MATATA

Sybil

Ennygirl
Mar 02, 2012
Mar 02, 2012

This is great, keep it up lets continue to give women more voice by speaking our rights.

Sybil Nmezi
Mar 02, 2012
Mar 02, 2012

Thank you for your encouragement. Happy Women's Day