Women: The real movers and shak­ers

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THE sup­posed in­fe­ri­or­ity and hu­mil­i­a­tion of a woman is of­ten de­picted as a game by to­day’s men.

As the world changes the way in which it re­flects a woman, most of women are ei­ther stuck (liv­ing the in the old age times) in the past, co­erced by cir­cum­stances or by choice.

Women are not rec­og­nized as real hu­man be­ings. Their power is de­nied by cer­tain mem­bers of the so­ci­ety or by other women. This gets even tougher when it hap­pens at the work­place: a place where one may think that it is com­posed of so­phis­ti­cated peo­ple.

Women are rep­re­sented as nude crea­tures, hu­mil­i­ated and un­de­ni­ably por­trayed as hu­mor­ous ob- jects. They are re­ally mis­treated. This raises a ques­tion, on which grounds are they con­sid­ered hu­man be­ings.

This sit­u­a­tion it­self emerges in most house house­holds. Women’s pri­vate parts are eas­ily men­tioned as in­sults to chil­dren.

Nev­er­the­less, even in the next gen­er­a­tion those very chil­dren would re­flect women as mean hu­man be­ings de­serv­ing no re­spect.

This black­out the fact that women have power to build and de­stroy — The next gen­er­a­tion’s hu­man rights de­pends on women. That also takes strong women with ca­pa­ble minds: women who put ev­ery­thing into ac­tion.

Most of women are ex­tremely de­prived of hu­man rights they de­serve. Nu­mer­ous men still con­sider a woman to be un­trusted to make re­li­able de­ci­sion.

Ev­ery­day many of them are op­pressed and that be­comes so mas­sive that we can­not see the one who are suc­cess­ful. Hence­forth they still live in the shadow of their hus­bands up to date.

Con­se­quently, this re­sults in women who have poor self-es­teem. This is more no­tice­able af­ter the death of their men. They lack sense of in­de­pen­dence — they go out hunt­ing for back­ups.

We most see com­mu­ni­ties trust­ing women only to bear chil­dren, raise them and suf­fer. Men are only the ones en­trusted to make de­ci­sion mak­ing even in com­pa­nies. As for women the world finds them with stress of rais­ing chil­dren and other emo­tional as­pects.

It is true in most com­pa­nies women are tak­ing over as Pres­i­dents and Chair­per­sons of as­so­ci­a­tion and gov­ern­ments but still the pop­u­la­tion of women which re­main in the past is so huge.

Hand­i­capped in the tor­tur­ing rit­u­als and cus­toms, most women finds it dif­fi­cult to live. They are op­pressed and hurt used as mere in­stru­ments which ful­fill what was ini­tially in the best in­ter­est of their fore­fa­thers.

We look back at what hap­pened to Se­nate Ma­supha. That was pure gen­der in­equal­ity. She was de­nied chief­taincy as suc­ces­sor of her fa­ther just be­cause she was a woman

Be­sides, they are en­graved in that polygamy sys­tem. In the sys­tem, adul­tery and other fac­tors per­tain­ing to it are prac­ticed. Women are one way or the other co­erced to bow down to this sys­tem in the threat to be di­vorced. On the other hand it puts them at the risk of sex­u­ally-trans­mit­ted dis­eases.

The only hour, minute we have got to change ev­ery de­vi­ous prac­tice hap­pen­ing to women is now. Women’s pop­u­la­tion can change ev­ery­thing only if they can re­al­ize their power: they are movers and shak­ers of this world. The world is thirsty for women who can.

Nt­lo­he­leng Matekane.

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