Friday - - Editor’s Letter - Natalie Long, editor Reach me at nlong@gulfnews.com

Just a re­minder: Mother’s Day in the UAE is on March 21. (Pick up next week’s edi­tion of Fri­day for some great gift ideas.) There is an­other rea­son I am drop­ping this lit­tle re­minder: It’s in case Mother’s Day is be­ing con­fused with International Women’s Day, which fell on March 8. They are not the same thing – in fact, I be­lieve part of the rea­son we have Women’s Day is to high­light the fact that women, al­though many of them are moth­ers, are not ONLY moth­ers.

Women are many things – more di­verse than the mind can even imag­ine. They may have ca­reers, they may have fam­i­lies, they may have tat­toos or short hair or no hair; to be hon­est, I don’t think any of those at­tributes are even rel­e­vant to the con­ver­sa­tion about Women’s Day, which has one pur­pose: To re­mind us that the one thing that ALL women should have are rights. We can’t only af­ford women rights be­cause of their pos­si­ble or ac­tual role as child­bear­ers.

We in­vited you to write in as well as com­ment on so­cial me­dia, about what you think about Women’s Day, and your re­sponse was as­tound­ing (we couldn’t fit ev­ery­one in – go to fri­day­magazine.ae to read all the in­sights). We even had some­one send in their art­work; and there were po­ems. I per­son­ally did not agree with all of them (specif­i­cally, the ode to women be­ing ‘or­na­ments’), but that’s the point of Story Tell­ers – to share our di­verse views on a wide range of top­ics.

In case Mother’s Day is be­ing CON­FUSED with International Women’s Day, which fell on March 8 – they are NOT the same thing

It makes for great read­ing ev­ery week.

Set aside some time this week­end for this is­sue’s other long, great reads. There are new worlds to dis­cover, whether it’s in the win­try north of the globe, chas­ing rein­deer (you can do this un­til next month!) or on the punky out­skirts of Tokyo, or in the midst of space with a British co­me­dian and a ge­nius’s daugh­ter.

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