For Girls Everywhere Today
The United Nations has marked 11 October as the International Day of the Girl, initiated five years ago. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges that girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. As girls become women we hope they gain the strength to become feisty yet compassionate, standing up for human rights for all as a model for future generations of girls.
“IF WE ARE GOING TO SEE REAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE WORLD THEN OUR BEST INVESTMENT IS WOMEN.”
ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU
This week the regular 10-minute writing exercise for our meet-up groups in Sydney Writers’ Circle produced these spirited, thoughtful pieces:
My life as a woman
Men aren’t coquette
They aren’t beautiful
A man is never capricious, or a slut
Nor is he a vamp, a siren or a tease
A man does not enchant
Only a woman is a vixen and a hussy
In a short skirt a woman is a provocateur
In speedos a man is well hung or has a full package
And there are bag ladies who are sad
But a bag man isn’t needy
Men can hustle and rabble-rouse and be a firebrand
While women wait.
My life as a woman
A woman – an incredible tunnel of feelings and thoughts and sense of being – hormones and blood and breeding and hair styles and lipstick and dresses and schoolyards with tunics cinched tight, and heels that make you topple and rebalance, and love flowing through you like a river until you think you will drown, but then you start to learn to swim and you realise, there is no need to struggle or do any fancy strokes because it is a magic thing and it will come when it comes – and it will go when it goes. And, patience is a huge asset and it will tide you in, it will bring you home. But love never stops.
Photo credit: Tobin Jones, United Nations supplied – Somali girls in IDP camp in Baidoa for victims of a drought affecting the country.