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What Can A Woman Be To Another Woman? Friend Or Foe?

As women, we can all lift each other up. Let's be that woman!

As women, we can all lift each other up. Let’s be that woman!

Women have for a long time been in the forefront of a struggle for being part of a gender that is subjected to various types of pressure from the niche they are in.

Let me take you through a journey that you may identify yourselves with. Sonam is beautiful. She is a month old. When she was born, the grandma or the aunt of the family had put the new beautiful creation under close scrutiny as to make sure she was “normal”.  But “Hey! The baby is not fair!” So says the elderly lady of the family.

The post- partum mother has been now put under the pressure of trying on the traditional oil to make her baby to grow up being “fair” and hence “beautiful”! This is only the beginning. What awaits Sonam is an array of attacks on her psychological and physical well- being and development.

At the same time in another part of the world is Rita. Rita is thirty and is married to the love of her life. Her upbringing made her grow into a very confident woman, an IT specialist, who is ready to take the world in her stride. Yet she despises meeting her husband’s family. Rita’s success story does not get handy for her in a place that is ruled by women who throws taunting remarks on her personality and everything that defines her. Rita values her marriage but not every aspect of it.

These are few nuances of the world of women. Be it the so-so in-law of another woman, aunt of the family, the friend, the mother or the sister. I can only hope that my message gets through to all the women out there. I would like to close my views with a quote that a dear friend of mine recently shared in her post in a social media platform.

“When you admire something about another woman, tell her. Get into the habit of lifting each other up.”

Let us all lift each other up.

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Back in home town after living an expatriate life in the UAE for nine years. I worked as a teacher in the UAE teaching Arab children. Happily married with two kids. At a break from read more...

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