Marie Claire (April 2011) – “Let’s give a voice to women who cannot speak up for themselves”

Annie Lennox discusses ‘International Womens Day’ which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. It is on March 8th 2011 and Annie “explains why the fight for women’s right to vote, work and educate their daughters remains as vital now as 100 years ago”

Feminism means having a sense of duty

to other mothers, sisters and daughters across the



The article focuses on countries from around the world, the predominant issues that face women in those countries and what women are striving to achieve for those countries through campaigning and charity work.


“Cambodia – The right… to an education, not exploitation

Sudan – The right…to vote for a say over our futures

Pakistan – The right…to live without fear of violence

Mexico – The right…to walk the streets safely

Afghanistan – The right…to enjoy our lives without persecution

India – The right...for baby girls to be accepted as equals

Ghana – The give birth in safety and have access to healthcare”


This is an inspiring article. The page that stood out for me was looking at the country of Pakistan. It talks about domestic violence in Pakistan. An issue that is rife there – but also around the world. Incredibly “Domestic violence causes more death and disability to women worldwide than war, cancer, malaria or any other single cause”. In Pakistan 150 women are victims of acid attacks – “the attacker is usually a man whose marriage proposal has been refused, an abusive husband or in-laws avenging ‘dishonour’ brought on the family”. The images are truly shocking but I was overwhelmed by the strength and braveness of character that also stands out in their faces.




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6 responses to “Marie Claire (April 2011) – “Let’s give a voice to women who cannot speak up for themselves”

  1. Fibre

    It is rather appalling to note that in the world we live in today, such barbaric and unscrupulous acts still persist. I am no expert but I think in an ideal world, such acts would decline if we learn to see ourselves as “people” in the first instance before applying the labels of religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, etc

    • Thanks for your insightful comment. It is a very thought provoking article isn’t it? It has certainly created many debates in my household. Is there a danger also of showing women in other countries other than from the west that we are going to ‘rescue’ them, and putting all those women in particular boxes?

  2. Dear God, that photo makes me very sad. I want to ask…. in this day and age how is this even allowed to happen but I know we live in a messed up world and some things just defy all logic or understanding. Here is to hoping that this kind of things stops….and it stops now. Great post, retweeted…

  3. joy

    In still too many situations women’s lives are dominated by male belief systems. I see the struggle as similar to that of women in the UK back in history & the feeling is that they will prevail. These heartfelt stories full me with pride for woman kind

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