How Us Woman "Brand" Ourselves Matter...

Christine Arzoumanian
Posted April 10, 2013 from Lebanon

Woman have special feminine treasures within themselves and that is the ability to learn from each other and live as examples and role models for generations to come. I have learned a lot from my mother and grandmother by just observing them in my life, they may think they have not invested or given me much - as any caring mother may think that whatever she gives or does is never enough for her child or grandchild- they have given me much more by just being who they really are…by just being a woman, and to be a woman needs courage armed with love, compassion and faith. They have branded the concept of how to be woman in my mind, heart and soul.

When woman take the time to nourish one another and exchange their gifts, the fruits that comes from those lives are amazingly rich. It is simply amazing how a group of women when they gather up to comfort a friend who is going through difficult times, cry and laugh together, hold one another when there are no words to say or simply gather in groups to pray… the whole room will be charged with healing power and strength. It is equally amazing for me to see that men envy this ability to nurture and console one another as women do, they do not relate as we do and wish they could. However, women often forget that men learn from women how to treat a woman, and our relationships with one another set the standard of treatment for men to follow. Our character is judged by how much integrity we have toward one another and how collectively we stand up for one another. For example, If we assist men in being unfaithful by entering into adulterous relationships with them, they will feel that their behavior is acceptable, now imagine if all women refused infidelity men would actually straighten up. Or if women refused to talk about one another, sabotage one another and destroy one another with looks, words and attitudes, you would see men lining up, treating us as they should…If we don’t respect ourselves, and our sisters around us it is guaranteed that we will attract disrespectful man…and everything starts with a drop of unconditional womanly compassion for one another and effort to make a change and every day and every minute unnoticeable drop of an effort from our side can fill an ocean of changes in this thirsty world we live in.

Now if you ask me where WEB 2.0 assignment exists in all the above… Well am I not connected through web 2.0 to share and bond with my sisters globally right now? And actually do all of the above even through the web 2.0 itself! and through a great network called World Plus using “digital media to connect women worldwide into a powerful force for change”! So Thank You WORLD PLUS and to its beautiful team for this opportunity!! What a great woman bonding it is!

Voices of Our Future Application: Empowerment and Web 2.0

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  • Cali gal Michelle
    Apr 10, 2013
    Apr 10, 2013

    Christine- Thank you for providing this example of how women connect...through any means available. It is a reminder of how we hold one another up, how we can be accountable, and how we can communicate.

    I am sure you will find not only connection, but deep friendship here in this forum. It is great to see you participating in this writing campaign, and I look forward to reading more from Lebanon!

  • mrbeckbeck
    Apr 16, 2013
    Apr 16, 2013

    Thank you Christine, for sharing your perspective here. It is absolutely true that women have special gifts to offer the world, and I also think that men can share in these gifts by accepting and embracing the feminine aspects within themselves. For too long, the ability to care, nurture and listen deeply to one another has been only with women... it's time to bring this into each person's heart!

    I look forward to hearing more from you! Best wishes,

  • mroozen
    Apr 19, 2013
    Apr 19, 2013

    Christine, Thank you for this great story. I very much agree that how we women treat each other can be a model for how others in the world treat us. This reminds me of a Gandhi quote, "You must be the change you wish to see in the world."

    I believe your message can be a powerful one among many discussions of gender equality in the world.

    Looking forward to reading more from you! McKay

  • Pushpa Achanta
    Apr 23, 2013
    Apr 23, 2013

    Dear Christine,

    Thanks for sharing. While I agree that women can lead by example, I think men should do that too. Let us be careful not to overburden ourselves with accountability to people who are likely to abdicate their responsibility towards society.

    Regards, Pushpa

  • yvonnegemandze
    Apr 23, 2013
    Apr 23, 2013

    Good article ChristineArz. You are absolutely correct. Morality is a very important virtue in live and can really be used as a weapon against men. I believe it is about time women come under this umbrella of virtuousness.

    Thank you once more again for sharing such an enlightening article.

    Stay Blessed

  • William
    Apr 26, 2013
    Apr 26, 2013

    Dear Christine, You mentioned one thing that I hadn't understood before: when women gather in love and console each other, support each other, they are teaching men the proper way to treat the women in their lives. That thought is new and when I reflect on how I've learned about relationships from my wife I see that it is true. And women don't need to gather in person, but can go online through World Pulse and meet sisters who understand what they are going through. Thank you for this insightful article. Blessings, William

  • RosemaryC
    Apr 28, 2013
    Apr 28, 2013

    Dear ChristineArz:

    Thank you for this reminder that we all exist in relationship to one another. Your article gave me a new perspective on Web 2.0, as a medium in which that care and compassion for one another can be shared - that we can be virtually 'there' for each other. I have noticed recently that my friends are using Facebook to post their reactions to some of the very sad things that happen in our world, and I wonder if that is one virtual way where we can share our healing power and strength. You spoke about the importance of your mother and grandmother in helping to make you who you are, and your words are such a wonderful tribute to the example they set for you. I have always appreciated the power of grandmothers. One example of the power that is unleashed when grandmothers come together is the Grandmother to Grandmother campaign started by the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which brings together grandmothers in Canada to support grandmothers in Africa who are raising their grandchildren who have been orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDs. While it started with grandmothers, that campaign has brought in so many more people - men, women, young people - who are inspired by their example and want to join in.

    Best wishes, Rosemary