The global feminism march for the girls

SUZAN
Posted October 2, 2020 from Nigeria
The journey for the Chibok Girls
March starts now!
The future is here
The future is here (1/1)

As World Pulse sisters who have been graced to encounter the month of October, let’s celebrate girls all over the world with a sense of pride. I keyed into my girlhood days before the woman I became today and I knew I had to share my amazing story.

As an advocate for children, especially girl child education, I make bold to say that the world is no longer a place where male sex should believe they deserve all the benefits and the respect just because they are men who wear the trousers, with the broad chests and the religious tag of being the head of the home.

Hence, the dawn of the greatest awakens to mankind, Global Feminism which I am so passionate about.

I knew a woman who was married to a man for over 30 years without enjoying the pleasures of conjugal rights. In fact, if she dared to speak on the matter, she was constantly reminded that she was a woman married into the home and so she only had to obey and accept without question. As a woman with little or no education nor skill set, and having six children in a time where the marriage was all about submission, she took every pain with a pinch of salt and swallowed every hurt until she became less emotional and tough. So much that the world would almost tag her a misandrist. This woman is my mother and I celebrate her every day for being constant, enduring, and ever-present till today.

Truthfully, there is a conclusive notion about the word “FEMINISM” and what it connotes. In attending events and partaking in webinars, I often discover that the moment the topic tilts to issues of women and young girls, the conclusion arrived at is that the host of the event must be a feminist. If it happens to be that she is over 30 years of age, unmarried and successful, her audience would have a full day analyzing her profile, paycheck and the rest is history.  My late sister was a victim of these assessments and I can say it made her feel like she owed the world an explanation for being single and successful.

The world needs to embrace today’s woman who is confident, independent and so deserves to be given all the equal privileges of the male sex as long as she is doing what he does and more. This is where my passion for women’s rights and the girl child education all started.

Global feminism is not about displacing the men but reminding them that you cannot afford to take decisions nor the credit for everything without a female voice.

 It took years for the world to believe that a woman could one day become the President of any country. It took the likes Isabel Martínez de Perón of Argentina, the first female president in the world to break that jinx irrespective of opinions raised about her.

No woman should be belittled or treated unfairly just because she is seen as the weaker sex. The world is no longer about the weaker sex but about the way forward. Women need to be empowered and their rights well- defined, strengthened, and protected.

The past months of fighting the ravaging coronavirus pandemic globally have equally exposed a lot of loopholes in the safety of women and young girls out there. The increasing cases of rape and sexual violent practices during lockdowns have made it clear that women and young girls, more than ever, need their rights to life fully entrenched and the time for that active march is NOW.

World leaders and bodies cannot afford to only talk and make promises. They need to act for the safety of women and young girls, especially in volatile regions globally.

The story of the “Chibok Girls,” is a Nigerian tale of what happens to innocent females in a region of violence and terrorism. Their safety is being compromised and their future, uncertain. This needs to stop.

Global feminism is not an action to become sexist but a mission towards raising the voice and hope of every young girl. They need not be afraid to take up challenges. They don’t need to feel that they must step down for the opposite sex even when they have put in just as much work. They don’t need to feel it’s okay to be raped and keep quiet or to be paid less just because they are the only women working among men.

This October, as we celebrate and deliberate for girls all over the world, one fact must be noted, no girl should grow to become a woman who feels relegated to the background because a nation is only half fulfilled except it empowers and upholds the role of women in their society.

 

This story was submitted in response to My Voice, Our Equal Future.

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Isaura Diniz
Oct 02
Oct 02

What a true composition, dear Suzan.
I resonate with every word, I stand by you.

Sending my love,
Isaura

SUZAN
Oct 02
Oct 02

Thank you so much, Isaura, the journey just began and it will get better.

ikirimat
Oct 03
Oct 03

Thank you Suzan for sharing this insights. I know many wome resonate with what you narate in your article. Your voices speaks volumes.

SUZAN
Oct 03
Oct 03

Hi Ikirimat, hope you and your family are well?
Thank you for reading and sharing in this amazing story.

Nini Mappo
Oct 04
Oct 04

Suzan, Those girls are sooo cute! They fill one with fear and hope at the same time. Fear of a life riddled with insecurity both physical and social, and hope of what they might become if they're nurtured and empowered. I stand by you as well, and the girls of Africa trying to rise from under the patriarchal crunch.
Go girls!
Your reference to your mum also gives perspective to your interest in sexual health and education for African girls and women. Good on you for sharing, there's still hope for the next generation of wives and mothers.

SUZAN
Oct 04
Oct 04

Thanks a lot Nini, my stories and upbringing continue to make me so confident in the future of women and girls. Truthfully, the future is flowered.

SADRAG
Oct 04
Oct 04

Hi Suzan,

In solidarity with your vision and mission.
love
mala

SUZAN
Oct 04
Oct 04

Hello Sadrag, thank you so much. We are one!

Sujit
Oct 04
Oct 04

"Global feminism is not about displacing the men but reminding them that you cannot afford to take decisions nor the credit for everything without a female voice."

A room where decisions are made without (or ignoring) a female voice is an empty room......

SUZAN
Oct 04
Oct 04

Thank you Sujit, you just said it all.

Tamarack Verrall
Oct 04
Oct 04

Dear Suzan,
How I love to read a woman boldly using that word Feminism, stating too that we now have Global Feminism, and that as all of us who use that term know, it is simply speaking out about the reality of what women and girls endure, not apologizing for raising the issue and being intent together in finding solutions. How wonderful to read too, that your mother and sister have stood strong as well. There is no reason that this lie that men somehow deserve superiority and dominance should be continue to more generations. Thank you for your strong voice reminding us that October is the month we raise our voices relentlessly for girls.

SUZAN
Oct 04
Oct 04

Thank you so much Tam, to be honest when I discovered my passion for girl child education and women empowerment, I was initially made to feel like I was bias towards the male gender.

But today, I am open and honest to speak and correct the horrid impression that men are not relevant to the world.

That is absolutely untrue. I am surrounded by males from my husband to my sons and everyday, I remind them that I am a feminist who aims to make men all over the world realise how precious women are and how their roles in human existence cannot be overemphasized.

I believe this should be the message from all feminists in the world today.

Tamarack Verrall
Oct 07
Oct 07

Dear Sis,
So much is said about women who call ourselves feminists, that we are biased and negative about men. This is so untrue, and serves to make women afraid to speak out and to align with each other. This has been going on for a long time. We know that we are speaking out against the horrid treatment of women and girls, to create positive change. I love your description, "realise how precious women are and how their roles in human existence cannot be overemphasized".

SUZAN
Oct 07
Oct 07

Hi Tam, I really appreciate that you saw where I was coming from. Its what I desire all feminist to realise. Feminism is a precious role and it has nothing to do with a battle of the sexes, its all about projecting women's roles and educating men on how to appreciate an inclusive society.

Oct 07
Oct 07
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Queen Sheba D Cisse
Oct 07
Oct 07

Dear Suzan, thanks for sharing.
Yes we are very much rising up to protect our children and especially our female children.
For centuries women and girls have been sexually exploited and abused and we are way over due to END this horrific injustice.
Together Yes we WILL END this hell.
Thank you for this read,

Mama Queen

SUZAN
Oct 07
Oct 07

Mama Queen thank you so much for the support. United we shall make the difference.

Queen Sheba D Cisse
Oct 07
Oct 07

Indeed dear Suzan, we are together, Amin!
Mama Queen

Kika Katchunga
Oct 08
Oct 08

Hello my sister

Thank you for sharing my sister, you have my full support, I am a girl and I am proud to be it; even if our contumes they eat away at our capacities; they made a big mistake. Happy birthday to all the girls in the world whole

SUZAN
Oct 08
Oct 08

Thank you so much Kika

MUKABA ZAWADI
Oct 08
Oct 08

Thank you for sharing the story it's incredible, living 30 without toys the relationships is we are married, sorry for this couple

ARREY- ECHI
Oct 09
Oct 09

Dear Suzan,
What a beautiful write up. Your mum's resilience is a testament to the will of the woman and a journey most of her counterparts went or continue to go through.
I am sorry about your sister. May her memories stay with you.
You are right, being single and successful doesn't mean we owe the world an explanation neither does it mean we shrink back and give others opportunities just because we are female.
I enjoyed the read and I have always truly wondered what happened to the Chibok Girls? The world seems to have gone silent on them.
Keep writing.

SUZAN
Oct 09
Oct 09

Hi Arrey, thanks for reading and I am so glad you understood the perspective I was trying to put across.

Sheroo
Oct 10
Oct 10

Hie Suzan!
Thank you so much for sharing this piece with us, I like how you clearly spell out what Global feminism is and what it is not, especially these two parts.
1."Global feminism is not about displacing men but reminding them that you can not take decisions nor credit for everything without the female voice."
2."Global feminism is not action to become sexist but a mission towards raising the voice and hope of every young girls."

I liked your boldness in prompting the world to take action NOW!!

In solidarity!
Sheroo

SUZAN
Oct 10
Oct 10

Sheroo dear,
Greetings and thank you so much for taking the time to read and understand my perspective. I hope more women who aim to become global feminists, appreciate the role and do not abuse it.

Mariama Kallon
Oct 11
Oct 11

It really great.
Thanks for sharing this article and keep doing this great job we all stand by you.
Love, hugs suzan
Mariama kallon

SUZAN
Oct 11
Oct 11

Thank you so much for reading it Mariama, Hugs

Hello, Suzan,

We celebrate women and girls with you! I hope the time will come that we don't need to define or defend feminism because the world finally recognizes that women and girls are as important decision-makers as men. Thank you for speaking your truth and personal experiences to drive your point. We stand with you!