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International Women's Day

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Yesterday I watched a short news item on International Women's Day celebrations in India. It was just the eyeopener I needed. The woman interviewed had been the victim of an acid attack, drenched in acid by someone angry about something in her life. Either she had tried to do something "out of the ordinary" or there was a dispute over her "bride price" or her family was being punished for something and she was the conduit for their punishment. As she was being interviewed, the camera panned over women standing by her at the demonstration. Like her, all of them were scarred by the acid that had been splashed on them. Some had lost eyes in the attacks, others partial use of their mouths. All of them showed the painful signs of the burns on their faces.
But they described themselves as survivors, not victims, and they were out at the front of a march with banners and posters and flags. She looked right into the camera and told her story and dared anyone to stop her. That's courage before which we should all bow down.
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