When I read or see something in the news about women who aren't 'free' for whatever reason, I cringe. There are, of course, different definitions of free, so to be clear, I'm not talking about incarcerated. There are so many women today who are not free in the sense that they cannot walk around wherever they please, cannot receive an education, cannot choose a career, cannot chose NOT to get married and raise a family, or cannot enjoy the simple human rights that everyone is entitled to. Even though I don't believe for a minute that there is true equality in the US, women still have it better than they do in many countries. It's really hard for me to believe that there are governments who condone beating women, denying them an education (thereby making it impossible for them to get into a career) and even sentencing them to death for ridiculous reasons. Now, I don't want to come off here sounding all high and mighty, because I respect other cultures immensely. I studied cultural anthropology in college, so I know a thing or two about being non-ethnocentric. It's just that in the 21st century, human rights should be paramount in our lives, and it isn't. Freedom is about living our lives as we should, without fear and without repression. I am grateful for the ability to go to college and get whatever job or career I want. I should not ever be defined by my gender. I am human and I am a part of our global humanity. Every woman (and man) is.
About Sofia Diana
Causes Sofia Diana Gabel Supports
SPES Children's Orphanage in Togo, Africa