I Stand for Equality

Sister Zeph
Posted January 26, 2015 from Pakistan

Like every person on this earth who want equality and peace I always keep thinking of new ideas to empower women in our society.

Women in Pakistan have so many challenges to face and there are many people who are trying to change their condition too. But it gets very difficult to support them when they do not want to be changed.

Women tells very proudly that they never go out of home, some tell me that they do not go to the grocery to buy something to cook but keep waiting for the men and when they reach home they bring and we cook and eat otherwise we do not, because if a woman will go out it will reduce men’s respect in society.

Husbands in my country are being called (Sartaaj ) which means crown of a woman’s head, so women have to obey them at any cost no matter men are right or not.

When I was a child I was used to see a young women whose husband was used to beat her every day, in their yard in my neighborhood , it was her routine to keep sitting on the mud floor and keep weeping but she never tried to run in order to be safe, she never shouted at him, she never tried to defend herself, and I still remember that all people in the surrounding never helped her everybody every time said it was their personal matter and it was not right to interfere.

When a son-in-law comes to the home of his in-laws they treat him like a prince, they give him best food, best bed and best atmosphere, but when a Woman comes to her husband’s home she has to change herself according to his family’s needs and requirements.

I always wanted to change all that, I always wanted to get her equality as a human being. So at Zephaniah Free Education I decided to teach self defense techniques to women along with education and skills, but I was told it is against our culture women cannot fight with men, they are not that much strong, they cannot move their body like that, they should stay at home if they are scared of street harassment they should tell to their father or brother.

But what if a woman does not have a brother or father? Who will protect her?

We women are not allowed to ask a question we have to follow everything, no matter how painful it is.

Then I thought if women cannot ask a question then why God gave us brain to think?

If we cannot walk to go out of home why God gave us legs?

If we cannot speak against odds why God gave us tongue?

If we cannot choose our future ourselves, why God gave us a sense to like or to dislike, to be happy and not to be happy?

If we cannot fight why God gave us power to fight?

Men can think, women can think. Men can speak, Women can Speak, Men can run, Women can run, Men can question, Women can question, Men can answer , Women can answer, Men can ride, Women can ride, Men can drive , Women can drive, Men can fight, Women can fight, Men can protect themselves , Women can protect themselves, Men can smile, Women can smile, Men can climb , Women can climb, Men can read, Women can read, Men can write , Women can write, Men can shout , Women can shout, Men can dream, women can dream, Men can do struggle, Women can do struggle, Men can take decisions Women can take decisions, Men can discover , Women can discover, Men can invent Women can invent, Men can walk Women can walk, Men can hear Women can hear.

Then why women are not equal to men? women are equal to men, but issue is that, women from the time of birth are being told that they are of less value, they are weaker, and they are dependent on men.

So I decided that I will tell to the men that women are equal to them and to women that they are equal to men, and if this mail dominated society will not give us our equal rights we will just take them.

I asked all these questions from myself and found no reason which does not give a right to women to defend themselves and started our class of learning of self defense techniques for women because we are not weak and we can fight against all those who will try to underestimate us.

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Minami
Jan 27, 2015
Jan 27, 2015

That's wonderful posted. I agree with you. Why men think we women are weak, who decided we are feeble human.

Thank you for posting it,

Minami

Yvette Warren
Feb 02, 2015
Feb 02, 2015

It has been my experience that women are weakened by carrying others upon our backs. It is never easy to fight or flee when we are responsible for others. 

Now that my own children, and their children, are able to defend themselves, I pledge my strength to assist those who are willing to fight for justice for all who are willing to act with compassion for all our earth.

Yvette Warren
Feb 26, 2015
Feb 26, 2015

I am serving as an ambassador to the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. 

The purpose of this event is to create harmony, not necessarily agreement, among the spiritual voices on our shared earth.

I would very much like to bring the harmony of World Pulse voices with me. Please look at the attached link and let me know if you'd like to add your voice.

http://www.parliamentofreligions.org/

Continue being a blessing in our shared universe.

Sister Zeph
Feb 27, 2015
Feb 27, 2015

My dear Yvette I have read the comment and I am very glad to hear from you once again, Paligment of Religions is a great initiatve , and I am feeling very honored that you have sent this on my post, would you please guide me that how I can add my voice into this ?

With Love and hugs 

Sister Zeph

Yvette Warren
Feb 27, 2015
Feb 27, 2015

Hello, Sister Zeph,

My favorite way to add your voice would be for you to attend with me. 

If that is not possible, let us open a dialog in WP messages, so that we will get notices every time either of us "speaks" to each other. 

I do have Skype, but prefer to have the written words because I believe this is the only way women will have a long-term voice in the world.

Love to you.