In Australia, we are seeing mass protests because women are being raped and sexually abused by those in the highest halls of power. In the UK a young lady was murdered walking home at night, potentially by a police officer, and the British people are rising up and saying no more. In France, they’re protesting, because apparently it’s OK for firemen to rape women. And then this week, a white man kills eight spa workers in Atlanta, USA, six of them Asian women – apparently to solve his sex addiction!
If you have Asian friends on social media, especially those living and raised in the West, they are sharing their stories, and all I can say is it’s revolting what Asian women have to endure. It’s revolting what all Asian’s are experiencing at the moment, especially in America. Words matter! But the absolute disrespect towards Asian women is something that must stop. I can’t even comprehend how any man thinks this way towards another human being.
All of this makes me reflect on something I have been thinking about for a very long time, and that is, if we really want to overcome these issues and get to true equality, then women MUST unite, across all cultures, races and religions.
When we vote for men who have no respect for women, but especially when it is women who are different to us, we are not supporting our sisters. When we continue to stand with our male allies in their social or political siloes, excusing abhorrent behaviours towards our sisters, we are not supporting our female community.
Divide and conquer has worked throughout history, and ladies, we are divided. When white women turn a blind eye to oppression of their coloured sisters, we are letting down the sisterhood.
The irony is that when we do this, we allow ourselves to continue to sit in an inferior position to those men too! It’s not better for us, and for those most oppressed in our societies, well they have it much harder. We truly are letting them down, but I believe we’re also letting ourselves down.
Ladies, in a world full of Bro Culture, it’s time for us to come together and speak up for all women. It is time for us to say we do not accept any women being held back, demonized, ridiculed, abused, raped or sold into slavery. It is time for us to say no to patriarchy in all the forms it holds any of us back.
As a white woman, I have privilege in the world, and I see it as my duty to align with all women and equally, all men who understand that when we rise together, all are better off. So my sisters and brothers, are you with me?
Will you stop voting for misogynists, racists and war-mongers?
Will you stop supporting political parties, religious institutions, businesses, community organisations and more who hold all or some women back?
Will you speak up on the issues that matter and defend your sisters, wherever they are, whatever they look like?
And when we come together, let’s make sure we extend that support to all who are being held back and victimized. If women and minority groups around the world came together, we have the potential to create a new and better world – because we have the greater numbers! If we stand together, we can lead our world into a new future, and we so desperately need that. Are you in?
Hedvig Lyche launches ‘new model’ sustainability consultancy Petrichor Planet – congrats to Hedvig on the launch! Excited to see how this business grows and if anyone can make an amazing impact, Hedvig can!
Also Unconventionally: The Life-Saving Mission of Qin Yunquan again from the talented Gina Romero. Pay attention to what she’s doing, especially if you’re looking for new ideas, insights and opportunities.
And I wrote this blog Join the #Just10Percent movement and let’s create a new future this week. A simple thing everyone can do, even children. Donating just 10 per cent of your time, money, talents or voice to making the world a better place, and right now, taking care of those in desperate need. Join me?
Before you scroll, please, if you can donate, donate, donate!!! Some suggestions World Food Program., UN Refugee Program, PowerOf , Kiva.org, Soi Dog Foundation. If you can afford to be generous, now is the time to help your fellow human.
Content to read
And here’s the content I’ve been reading this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful.
Climate Crisis / 6th Mass Extinction
A Leadership Brief on Mitigating Climate Change tks Damian Corbet
Can the law fight climate change? tks Richard Knight
Could a universal coronavirus vaccine future-proof our response? tks Francine Varner
Covid childcare crisis reversing decades of women’s economic progress tks Francine Varner
‘Like being hit with a cricket bat’: A doctor’s battle with long COVID tks Francine Varner
Georgia Sheriff Spokesman Posted Racist COVID Shirts on Facebook tks Barry Graubart
Paul Bongiorno: A sorry moment for the Prime Minister tks Phillipa Edwards
US – China conflict ‘more likely’ than five years ago, says Singapore PM.
Please listen to this. When the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, speaks, it is always a beautiful example of diplomacy. He covers the issues of our time in an honest and delicate way, but the underlying message is critical to understand
Business and Technology
Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity
Please check out this site – HateIsAVirus
Elliot Page Is Ready for This Moment tks Sharryn Lydall-Smith
Leigh Sales asks why powerful who abuse trust keep getting away with it tks Graham Harvey
When depression wears a smile, even psychiatrists like me can be deceived tks Maggie Georgopolous
Women Aren’t Nags—We’re Just Fed Up tks Cheryl Tan
Renting Is Terrible. Owning Is Worse. By Brian Sibley
Tucker Carlson: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – tks Andrew Bryant
Passion, humour, history
Let me know if anything jumped out at you?
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