5 Questions on International Women’s Day

Here are the five questions:

1. Instead of asking whether Kenya is ready for a woman president or not, shouldnt we be asking what kind of woman presidential candidate do we want? Do we want Martha Karua? or perhaps do we prefer someone else?

2. Why havent any Kenyan female politicians come out openly to support the only female presidential candidate running? Is iCon
right in saying that women hate to see other women succeed?

3. Do other women have deep-seated questions about ‘Feminism’ or is it just DR Crew member, Davina?

4. Will there ever be a time in Kenya where we have a First Lady who is ambitious and driven enough to break the patriarchal
cycle of political dynasties by vying for public office in her own right a la Janet Museveni or Hillary Clinton?

5. When will Kenya finally come up with a way of formally recognising all the heroines of this country?
Isn’t Wangari Maathai proof enough that successful women in Kenya are not rewarded or recognised by their own government for their national and international accomplishments?

Any takers? Let’s talk.

2 thoughts on “5 Questions on International Women’s Day

  1. I have my questions about feminism, lots of them, but it’s hard to articulate them when most people look at me and assume I work for FIDA. I think the concept itself is warped, but I recognize that it has achieved some very important things.

    Without feminism, I couldn’t vote, or even blog because I would never have received the education that I did. Without feminism, I would probably be a dumb third wife to some old man, and I would probably never speak for fear of outshining my husband’s intelligence. Without feminism, I wouldn’t have a lot of the opportunities that are open to me. So I can’t ignore it wholesale.

    But I still think gender is important. Women can learn tae kwon do and occasionally pay for drinks, but it’s still a man’s job to protect his girl and provide for her. Men can wash dishes and change diapers, but it’s still a woman’s job to carry a baby in her tummy and kiss him when he’s hurt. Nobody ever wails ‘daddy’ while they’re being spanked unless they’re playing the horizontal rhumba.

    I agree that a woman can do anything a man can do, and that she can sometimes do it better. But it’s ridiculous to expect a woman who is 9 months pregnant to be on a construction site roof mixing cement. For that reason, we will never be equal.

    I guess for me, feminism is a good idea that went too far, just like everything else created by humanity. Sad thing that.

    PS: Come 2012, I’m voting for Martha. Why? Because I can. :-)

  2. you guys are viewing the whole thing wrong. This day is not about feminism. This is about the sad fact, that the world is still a harsh & unforgiving place for the female child. My question to the gents is, how do view & treat the women in your life? From your mum, sis, daughters, colleagues to friends? Would their opinion & thoughts matter? would you accord them respect & not feel threatened? Do you view them as human beings first? To other women, do you empower your daughters? Do you show them a world where possibilities can be limitless? Or do you bring them up to believe that beauty comes first, and that you’re not complete without a man…we live in a society that loves making fun of women who seem powerful. We even label them as flawed, that’s what we’re passing onto our kids…that’s the bullshit your daughter faces unless we change our way of thinking now

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