Tears rolled, heart felt felt laughter filled the air ,spirits were lifted and inspirations triggered as thousands women gathered at the New York city`s Lincoln center for this Year`s Women in the World Summit,hosted by Newsweek/Daily Beast . Sitting next to a pillar like Jensine Larsen for three days and listening to words of inspiration and stories from women from all parts of the globe ignited an unquenchable fire in me.
US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton,Liberia`s Leymah Gbowee ,International Monetary Fund Managing director Christine Lagarde ,the president of Kosovo Atiftete Jahjaga,Edith Kah Walla,a leading voice in Cameroon politics, face book COO Sheryl Sandberg Furstenberg ,the legendary Magdalene Albright are just few of the inspirational women leaders whose faces and voices left an indelible mark in my heart during the event. The words of Magdalene Albright who expressly told the women that “there is a special place in hell for women who refuse to help others” are still ringing in my ears,reminding me of the women in my community whose voices need to be heard through mine.
The stories of courageous women activists from different parts of the world penetrated hearts and reminded the audience of an urgent need for change.From Victims of forced marriage in the UK to Suma,a Nepalese ex domestic worker,women listened to stories of courage and unending efforts made by women to make the world a better place. The teenage Suma who as early as the age of six endured hard labor and beating while working as a domestic slave was freed by an organization and is now working to liberate 20.000 other girls facing the same problem.Her song about her experiences as a battered domestic worker moved me to tears which were soon dried up by Meryl Streeps Hilarious introduction of the fiery Hilary Clinton.
Listening to the unapologetic Leymah Gbowee`s voice resounding in the theatre”It is time for women to stop being politely angry” and the fiery Kah Walla`s articulate call for women to be politically involved made me to realize the quest for a better world for women is no longer negotiable but a do or die matter. “ As women, we need to understand it is in the politics ,it’s politics that defines the economy, the social norms. Until we get political power, we are not going to make great strides. Every woman here needs to be involved in getting a woman elected. We need to be organized.”Kah Walla voiced, provoking a thunderous round of applause.Her statement made me to think of what the world would have been if women were one another`s keeper.Unfortunately it seems to be a world wide trend that women are the first to blackmail and refuse to support fellow women who dare to climb a higher rung of the ladder either politically or other wise.If we as women hold hands with one another,we shall form an unbreakable chain that is capable of penetrating the toughest glass ceiling.Watch the movie" praying the devil back to hell"and agree with me!.By the strength of feminine unity,the women of Liberia ended a civil war which had lasted for 14 years.
Ongoing practices like forced marriages in the UK,forced prostitution in Mexico,femicide in Guatamela, female genital mutilation in Senegal and other parts of the world,female foeticide in india and breast Ironing in Cameroon reminds us that our fellow women are languishing in excruciating pains in different parts of the world and need our unanimous support to end their struggles.