I have decided to be on the side of love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. Martin Luther King
Today 8 March 2021 I do not wish Happy Women’s Day to women, I say: Long live the Gentile Revolution! A revolution that must exist every day of the year, celebrating successes, remembering achievements, valuing female talent and abilities for so long mortified or left in the shadows. Women want to fly, to be free… above all from prejudices. Cultural and social prejudices that are part of a shared mentality, unfortunately, sometimes even by themselves.
March 8 is International Women’s Rights Day and is associated with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Womenwhich falls on November 25 instead. Gender-based violence is the explosion of a social symptom of inequality and the will to abuse. It reflects a dynamic of possession that has nothing to do with love, but with the feeling of hate. This sad reflection should never be forgotten, especially in this historical period in which the economic precariousness, the forced cloister and the lack of sociality, feed those alienating dynamics within the domestic walls that have repercussions above all on women. This situation is not permissible and can no longer take a back seat. We are all architects of building a more just society, but we must want to, by committing ourselves to lead by example, educating our children in love and respect.
In the West, even if women’s abilities are better utilized, or their rights inscribed in legislation, their human dignity has not yet been fully recognized, and it is for this reason that the speed of social progress is strongly inhibited. Everywhere in the world, women must gain legitimate access to the skills and resources, knowledge and culture, challenges and opportunities of this world.
Today, however, more than frailty, inequalities and precarious conditions for the female universe, I would like to spend some time to talk about female strength . Always curiously labeled as the “weaker sex”, the woman – in the best of cases – is defined as a creature to be protected, to accompany in life or to be privileged because it is considered “weak”, underestimating that amazing strength and courage that characterizes each one. It is not for anything else that nature has only given them the ability to give life!
In fact, I speak of a primordial energy that is handed down from mother to daughter, and which is hidden in the heart, buried by tons of fears and insecurities, but which manifests itself in times of need, with the disruptive ability to sweep away old patterns, generating new ones. It is precisely this energy that makes them survive, that manages not to break them down in critical moments, that allows them to reinvent themselves, changing the face of society.
But not only that: the strength of women is loving, warms the heart, welcomes others, heals wounds. Because this great strength has the advantage of being accompanied by the ability to understand, a characteristic that is the real key to the success of every human dream.
The history of the world is full of brave and stubborn women who have left their mark. Among these we cannot fail to mention Mother Teresa of Calcutta, one of the most important symbols of the twentieth century, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, an example par excellence of love of neighbor. Another great woman is the Polish Marie Curie, a scientist twice awarded the Nobel Prize in physics: in 1903 for her studies on radiation conducted with her husband and in 1911 for the discovery of radium and polonium. But not only science involves the female universe, also art and fashion design. I cannot fail to remember the French Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, who went down in history as Coco Chanel, who became an icon of the twentieth century with her avant-garde ideas of style that still remain immortal.
Italy is no exception. Although our society still remains very macho, women have made it through in all sectors with personality and charisma. From medicine to the stars (literally), with Rita Levi Montalcini and Samantha Cristoforetti; from fashion to sport with Miuccia Prada and Bebe Viola… These are just a few examples of brave and capable women to be proud of.
There are many Italian women who deserve to be remembered, many of them are mothers, others fight or live with a disability, still others come from difficult situations. And they are all around us, but we often don’t notice it because they are too strong, they don’t give up and they will never give up because for a woman it’s never over. A woman always gets up, even when she doesn’t believe it, even if she doesn’t want to: she is in their nature!
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