Historically (up to this day), women are very vulnerable to abuses at home, at work, and in the community where they live. Women are seen to be weak and subject to the authority of men, making them prone to abuses. Thanks to the law enacted in the many countries of the world, women are protected from these abuses. The problems surrounding the abuse of women are due to the fact that the law is not often followed by many because of ignorance. Women on the other hand often do not fight for their rights for the same reason. So my post today seeks to let readers know, understand, and respect their rights as women. This is the first step towards protecting them from abuses.
Ignorance from the law excuses no one
Women are most vulnerable to abuses, ironically speaking, inside their marriages. Marriages often insulate men, husbands, from the law knowing that marriage offers them privacy inside the four walls of their home. This often allows abusive spouses to physically, sexually, and emotionally abuse their wives. In this case women need to understand their rights and take a stand form these abuses. Most of the time, women have no one but themselves to stop and resist abuses done inside the home.
Since 1997 until recently (4 years ago) the rate of violence against women has come down to 67%. Thanks to the law and its enforcement abuses against women, especially inside their homes are now way lower than before. The rolling out of “Clare’s law” is also a testament to the improving protection of women from their partners, possibly husbands in the future. This law allows women to check out the criminal backgrounds of their boyfriends preventing them from making mistakes of having permanent relationships with abusive men. Continue reading
My role in my family is widely varied. I am a mother to my kids, a wife to my husband, a provider of basic needs in my household (I work part time for a pharmaceutical company) and an all-around help for anybody in the family who needs my assistance. Some of my friends think I am doing too much but the fact is I love my life and I am empowered by my responsibilities – not hindered at all. No, I am not a feminist in every sense of the word, but I do love to think I am my own woman. However I love to give to my spouse and to my family. I believe this is what sets women apart. We have a good heart, a ready soul to provide and help out.
Equality and my role in the family
I always believe in the power of choice. Women have a choice to pursue their dreams and they should have all the freedom in the world to do just that without feeling guilty of not settling down, raise a family, and grow old taking care of grand kids. I on the other hand chose to marry, pursue a career, and raise kids. This choice does not mean I am restricting myself to the opportunities I can and should go for but I am pursuing things that make me happy and fulfilled. It is not how I was raised or what my immediate society dictated me to do. The life that I live now as a family woman came from a decision. As far as I am concerned my husband and I are equal but I stay home, do some house chores, cook meals, work, and be a good mom and wife. As true as equality should be fought with resolve in today’s modern society, It must also be held true that decisions how to live a woman’s life belongs to the one who bears it.
Why I take on a job: Money talks
Even my husband asks this and my answer remains the same: because I can! I love to work. It gets my brain working and it allows me to go above and beyond the happenings around my house. Sure, my job is helping to pay the bills but that is not the ultimate reason why I work. I am a college degree holder and had a great job before I got married. So I really do not see any reason why I should not. Continue reading
One of the most challenging fields for a woman to be in right now is in business. It is still an area dominated by men and even though there are countless reforms already all over the world that is hoped to level the playing field, there are still many challenges that face a female entrepreneur. The good news is there are many women today who are leading the way and proving to themselves and other women out there that it can be done. Regardless of the hardships of being a woman in the world of business, rising to the top is very possible. This new realization among women is positioning them right to get the most out of their entrepreneurial dreams. Folorunsho Alakija is named as the richest woman in the world today who started out in fashion but eventually moved into the oil business. Her company’s worth is seen to be around more than $7 billion. Facebook’s COO, Sheryl Sandberg as well as Denise Coates, Oprah Winfrey, and Liu Xiaomeng are just some of the few women who made it big in today’s world of business.
Women think and do business differently
Women stand out in business not because they are better but because they think and operate differently. In a world where businesses and its boards are mostly steered by men, women can provide a different viewpoint thus leading it to a new route, a different path that often leads to bigger profits. There were studies done that consistently proved that a company led both by men and women are outperforming those who do not have the same gender diversity on its leadership. This proves that women provide an alternative way of doing business which can result to better economic performance. Women should embrace this fact and use it to empower their business. They should take a stand, follow their convictions, and not be bullied by the usual way of doing things. In the world of business, doing something different can change the status quo.
Women inspire other women
Women in business are not only reaping more profits for their own companies. They are also changing society in a bigger sense. How is this so? Female entrepreneurs who made it big serve as an example for other women to follow. If they can do it, why can’t I? This kind of thinking allows more women into business, giving them courage to pursue their dreams and hold on just a little bit longer. Oprah is a media mogul but she does not stop there. In fact her media company is committed towards empowering other women to achieve their dreams and be more in the society. Continue reading