By Nerissa Hosein. In the last couple of months, many cases of domestic violence against women in our country have been highlighted on social media. This shows that we as a nation are a far cry from equality for women. A sad truth that many of us face in our workplace and at home. Battered women are one of the voices that struggle to be heard by the ones who enforce the law and society in general. It’s a sad fact that most of these women will never get the justice they deserve.
Under-appreciated role in society
I am a stay-at-home mom and I know all too well the stigma attached to that title. Most people think a stay at home mom means we watch television and sleep all day. But ask any one of us, it could not be further from the truth. The truth is we moms work harder than most in a 8-4 job. We see about the kids and the household making sure everyone’s needs are tended to. We cook, wash, clean and see about the kids all at the same time. It’s not an easy task but it is a very under-appreciated role in society.
Then there are the women that work as single mothers to maintain their children and homes on a single salary. In Trinidad these days that can be almost impossible. These women, as with most around the world, struggle to get the titles and fair salaries that men can take for granted, simply because of their gender.
It is because of these kinds of unfair and biased ideas that International Women’s Day came about. It started in the early 1900s when women banded together to fight for a fair chance at life. Ever since then all over the world women get together by hosting events, marches and other activities to raise awareness for the cause.
In Trinidad and Tobago many events took place for this cause. This year some events included the Network of NGO’s Rally and March, AMCHAM T&T Women’s Leadership Seminar at HYATT and also the Association of Women of Trinidad and Tobago’s (AFETT) Women of Influence Award, also at the HYATT in Port of Spain. These events were specifically geared to bringing awareness and celebrating women all over the world.
Women deserve equality
We as a nation can help by simply showing our appreciation to the women in our lives, all the wives, mothers, sisters, aunts, grandmothers and friends that work as hard as anyone else to be successful and make our families happy. Women are the caregivers, we are the future of the world. It’s sad to see so many of us are still treated unfairly, abused, victimised and disgraced when we are the ones to carry on the future.
So the next time you see a hard working woman, remember to appreciate her for all she has done for the world. Hold the women in your families close, love and appreciate them for every woman faces an inner struggle that no one can understand.
June 2016 – Issue 22 www.sweettntmagazine.com
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