The last few days, #TimesUp exploded all over social media, signifying a solidarity among men and women against sexual harassment in the US. Celebrities marked a very bold statement by wearing black at the 75th Golden Globes Awards where women were encouraged to speak up about their abuse experiences. That same night, history for women was yet again made, when Oprah Winfrey won the Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment – an award which was never before won by an African American woman.

Earlier on, Iceland announced 100% equality in the workplace, mandating that women be paid as much as men, which is another historical step for women. These are great achievements, but what gives me the chills, is that we are in 2018 – and we STILL face inequality! I was also shocked to learn that Barbra Streisand was the last woman to win a Golden Globe for best director – 34 YEARS AGO!

Women have been oppressed since the beginning of time, let’s start with Adam and Eve. Yes, Eve tempted Adam to eat the apple, but IT WAS HIS CHOICE to take that bite. That moment, set the scene for women’s oppression throughout humanity, until today which is still ” a man’s world”. We are in our most advanced time, and yet, women around the world are still harassed, shut down, oppressed, belittled, and any other verb we can use to describe inequality. I am very lucky to be living and working in a country, which does not discriminate against women. The UAE’s founding father Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan created a sense of equality among men and women during his reign, and today, there are women leading government, education, healthcare, finance and many more industries … and let’s not forget, this country is officially only 46 years old.

It is heartbreaking to hear stories today, about women being abused, or manipulated just because of their gender. I especially take it personally when I hear of societies, who continue to treat their “female” population as child bearing machines, not good enough for anything else. Then there is of course the topic of inequality in the workplace. The ratio of men vs. women in managerial roles in our world today, is shockingly still in higher favour of men. And why should men get paid more than women? Is it because they are smarter? Well there is no scientific proof of that. Throughout history, COUNTLESS women have changed the world, although they faced oppression and manipulation from their societies, here are some names to remind us all:

  • Queen Victoria
  • Mother Teresa
  • Marie Curie
  • Rosa Parks
  • Susan B. Anthony
  • Diana, Princess of Wales
  • Benazir Bhutto
  • Helen Keller
  • Katherine Noble, Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaugh (check out the movie Hidden Figures)
  • Valentina Tereshkova

My hope and prayer for women around the world, is that we continue to fight for the empowerment of those who do not have a voice; for those who do not have the strength or confidence yet to stand up for themselves; and especially for those, who are abused and beaten into believing they are worth nothing. And a note to those insecure little men: TIME IS UP!

xox,

 

 

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