Entries in 2013 VOF Campaign

William
Posted April 11, 2013 from United States

I have just read the first contributions to the VOF Campaign and I am totally blown away by the honesty and level that girls and women are being abused around the world. I've read the non-fiction book, "Half the Sky" and thought I understood the extent of the total lack of human rights experienced by women, but I was wrong. When I read the stories submitted by women in impoverished areas, holding out little hope for change, I makes me determined to SPEAK OUT, instead of encouraging the violence by being silent. Change starts in one heart, share it and change starts in another heart. We must keep the up momentum that World Pulse and other gender-based organizations got started. Let's all share this story, this need with one other person.

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Merlin James
Apr 11, 2013
Apr 11, 2013

That was a very valuable comment from a person whom i respect and wait to hear from. It means so much to me and the sisters in the community here.

Peace

William
Apr 11, 2013
Apr 11, 2013

Dear Sharontina, Thank you for your posting about how women can become free by using the Internet/Web 2.0. I reread one of your articles, this one about Shiny and was really moved. Things haven't changed much in India have they? In the media there is hype about an emerging middle class in India. I suspect that this class is just the upper caste emerging, because International Corporations have learned that the people of India can be exploited at low wages. As we have discussed before, it will have to be the Indian women, all the women, free from the terrible caste system, to move the country from the imprisonment the country has been locked in for hundreds of years. Keep up your good work by helping impoverished women win their independence. Blessings to you.

Merlin James
Apr 12, 2013
Apr 12, 2013

I should really thank you for the deep concern you have for Indian women. What you said is exactly true. Caste system is one of the demons continuing to trap our people and now rape culture has stretched its arms wide open swallowing the innocent lives here. the tip of the iceberg is all that is known to the world.

I am honored to receive your comments and blessings.

Peace and love

William
Apr 12, 2013
Apr 12, 2013

Dear Sharontina, thank you for your message. How can we alert the world about the horrible things happening to Indian women without exposing the outdated and horrendous caste system. How can the caste system be eliminated completely for permanently, and peacefully? What are your thoughts? Blessings, William

Mukut
Apr 13, 2013
Apr 13, 2013

A big thank you for the encouraging words. We feel fortunate to have found World pulse and in turn allies like you, who help us in speaking up.

Also to barge in a little bit into the on going communication between Sharon and you about India and its caste system., as an Indian i would like to add:

The concept of caste system and the horrible hierarchy of society, have existed for years in India and has further degraded, so to speak. We may say that it does not exist any more, but the truth is -it does. One of the main reasons for it to thrive and flourish, is because of our political leaders and their "vote bank" politics. Each state minister helps in perpetuating this evil by swaying public opinion to garner more votes for their party. It is like, the more they keep saying "no" , the more they help in spreading it. They sometimes hold the Govt. at ransom, demanding special benefits to be given to a particular caste, which may form the largest voting party for them. Hence it is difficult to eliminate the social problem completely. It is kind of ingrained in our political and social structure.

But, on a good note, times are changing. Some of our youth leaders, including the younger generation, have realized that in order to do away with caste system, they have to speak out against it .We have more people coming out and supporting the concept of being 'Indians' first as opposed to being defined by a particular caste. It is a big,positive sign and we are hopefully on the right track.

Again i would like to say a huge thank you for the support shown to us. We can do so much better with your encouragement. Truly appreciate it.

Love,

William
Apr 13, 2013
Apr 13, 2013

Dear Mukut, thank you for your post about caste. You could create a group, a movement, based on the eventual elimination of the caste system. Make it a long-range plan, starting with small changes, maybe wording in the Federal Government definition of "caste." Keep the changes coming annually, through local political efforts demanding change. Of course caste is integrated in your political system. I don't see any politician willingly supporting eliminating caste because he would be voted out of office. It has to come as an independent party/person/organization. This will have to start as a grass-roots revolution. Good luck with change in India. Here in the US we have recently found our politicians easily bought by reelection donations, etc. We have deadlock at our Federal level, as the people are more interested in getting reelected than representing the people who voted them into office. It's a disgrace. Best wishes for your efforts, William

Ana Isabel Paraguay
May 09, 2013
May 09, 2013

Reading, thinking and giving feedback and support. This is another very much appreciated and needed writing... (if I may say so).

Brigitte Mawazo Kyalondawa
May 13, 2013
May 13, 2013

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