Press for Progress is the theme for the International Women’s Day for 2018.
Happy women’s day to all you lovely women!!While I read this theme so many thoughts came to my mind and this brought to focus my own journey as a women – from childhood to adolescence and adolescence to adulthood. I don't have pictures of my childhood, these are few that I found in my album that speaks volumes of my personality:)
“Strength and growth can come only through continuous effort
and struggle” Napoleon Hill
|Early days of my life - pictures say a lot:)|
We had defined boundaries as to how and what of everything concerning our lives. How boys/men are expected to wear, behave and live their lives, and how girls and young women should be wearing? behaving? What are the household chores needed to learn to be better equipped as women to cook, clean, wash and serve?
My growing up years as a teenager was the worst. I was not happy being a adolescent girl as it brought in a lot of restrictions, snatched the freedom of even riding a bicycle( though I managed to learn:) without the knowledge of my parents) and wearing what I wanted to freely wear- sometimes I hated myself for being born a girl. It was an acceptable fact that no matter what I studied and what type of career I take, there are standards set by culture, traditions and religion and the challenge for me and every girl is how to rise above them and take a path less travelled.
I look back with a smile J at my long journey of 5 decades and little more; it surprises me as to how did I manage to survive with the challenges that came my way not just by men around me but also women who were conditioned to live a limited and purposeless life, and so many times they blocked their own progress in life.
|Graduate with better self esteem|
|Glad to be part of women empowerment programmes|
|Paper Presentation on Violence Against women|
|Riding for last three decades:)|
“Whatever good things we build, ends up building us” Jim Rohn
|Women's day celebration at the community|
I never cease to thank God for all the experiences of my life – I am overwhelmed with gratitude for every person I encountered in my life for those who shared wisdom, knowledge and for those who gave me some great lessons, every experience has enabled me and empowered me to lead to wherever I am today…. and hopefully leading me to the purpose I was created for, to all the lovely tribe of women friends – I wish you more power and happiness!!
Thank you for reading my post.