The African Professional (formerly The Expatriate) :: Editor's Letter
Issue 11 - African Women's Issue
   The African Professional (formerly The Expatriate)



With mothers’ day just past, one would hope that fathers and children across the country are still whipping up breakfast in bed for the mothers. A futile hope, I know - but a girl c
an dream. It is more likely that it has all gone back to normal and the definition of mother is now what it is for 364 days of the year: “a person who does the work of twenty - for free.”

Be that as it may, it is important to take time out to consider how far we have come, not just as mothers, but as women since the feminist movement for women’s rights was sparked by - among other things - Betty Friedan’s “The Feminine Mystique” some 50 years ago.

Equal opportunities when it comes to education and career advancement have been granted in most countries, first and third world alike. The number of women in business and politics continues to grow. Female entrepreneurs, artists, pioneers and leaders are found on the lists of most powerful and influential people in the world.

A Woman’s right to make decisions relating to her body has been recognized in many jurisdictions.
As we recognise our achievements, we must also take a sober moment to realise that we are still not there yet. Rape has reached pandemic stages in this country. An assault on one woman is an assault on all and it is our duty to speak out and to stand with those who have been hurt against the perpetrators. Protecting another woman is ultimately protecting yourself whether it is by teaching your son to respect a woman or by going out to march with other women or by supporting organisations that protect women and children who have been victimized.

In this edition we toast our amazing achievements as women and embrace our potential for continued growth. As one clever woman said, “It shouldn't be easy to be amazing. Then everything would be. It is the things you fight for and struggle with before earning that have the greatest worth. When something is difficult to come by, you'll do that much more to make sure it's even harder-or impossible- to lose.”


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