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Inspiring buks…

Posted: November 14, 2007 in Buks

Am currently reading The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. I know you are probably thinking its juvenile but seriously this book is quite fascinating.

 This is the story of a 13-year-old Jewish girl who went into hiding with her family and four other friends during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. She recounts everything they went through while in hiding at the top floor of her father’s office They lived there for close to two years.

I don’t know about you but i was completely humbled when i read about the conditions they lived in. The constant scares from the bombs and gunshots, the fact that you couldn’t walk out in the streets without someone trying to shoot at you or getting arrested, they could not flush their toilets at some point lest someone hears them. The saddest part was when someone alerted the authorities and they they were taken to concentration camps. No teenager should ever go through what Anne Frank went through. She must have been very strong. I was completely amazed at her sense of maturity. She is very aware of the goings-on and she read alot therefore she knew all that was happening. She had a bad case of scabies and she died at the age of 15 soon after her sister.

It is a great book, i’d totally recommend it to anyone.

 

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Have you ever wondered who came up with the term ‘weaker sex’ used to refer to women? Wouldn’t you be interested in finding out which group of people had such narrow-minded thinking? I know I would.
Weaker according to the Longman Advanced American Dictionary means”… not physically strong, easily influenced by other people because one cannot make one’s decisions, not skilled i.e. not having much ability or skill in a particular activity or subject, not having much power or influence…need I go on? Am feeling my blood boil at this moment.
Of late I’ve had quite a lot of interest in biographies of famous people, women in particular and in the course of my reading I have stumbled upon information about some very influential and powerful women. Some of them have been ranked at the top of lists of most influential people while others have received no recognition at all. Granted, not every woman can do what Oprah Winfrey, Condoleezza Rice, Wangari Maathai or Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has done but that’s not to say their contribution to society has not been equally significant.

Think of women whose husbands died in the war and left them with several children to take of and no paying job. Think of all those women who have borne children with all sorts of health complications and still have to believe and trust that somehow they’ll recover; they have to be strong for them even when the rest of the society is quick to dismiss them as good for nothing. I particularly have so much respect for all those single women who have single-handedly brought up their children and put them through school.

Simply put, women are alot stronger than we think and we can not begin to understand some of the things they’ve been through. We should show them respect and appreciation at the least. These are our mothers, aunts, sisters and friends.

I do not dispute the fact that there are men who have exhibited such qualities of courage and strong will but I choose to speak for the women because all factors considered they have continued to live under the shadows of their male counterparts.

From our women parliamentarians to all the young girls, I would like to encourage us to believe and pray fervently for a time when the world will fully acknowledge our capabilities, a time when it would not come as a shock to have women presidents, a time when jobs will be given on merit and not because of gender.

Long live women.