by IRENE FOWLER, Contributor
Woman, thy names are:
Trouble, Temerity, Triumph!
Good morning everyone and welcome.
Whatever your preferred flavour of life is – sweet, savoury, spicy or somethin’ else, welcome to the melting pot. I am on West African time, so ‘servez-vous.’
Even though we are helpless to change things on a macro scale, we can in our own small ways, align with love and the positive. As we contribute our quota, we are building towards a critical mass which can force change/s for good.
The frightful Taliban-dominated landscape is fraught with land mines, which could blow up most, if not all, progress made in women’s autonomy, well-being and development in Afghanistan. The roles and value of women and the girl-child, in Afghan society writ-large, remains to be seen.
One hopes that the powers that be, will not create structures which cause women and girls to be viewed through the same lens, reserved for animate and inanimate chattel.
Meanwhile, the recent Texas State law, greatly impinging on women’s reproductive rights, should also cause serious concern for the application and efficacy of the rule of law. Alarm bells should ring, regardless of which camp one belongs to; pro-choice or otherwise. The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against the State of Texas challenging the Bill. In the words of Attorney-General Merrick Garland: “The Act is clearly unconstitutional under longstanding Supreme Court precedent.”