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STILL PERCEIVED AS DOMESTIC SLAVES

Sir,

Over time societies have developed and cultivated ideas about what it means to be a woman or even a man, which, unfortunately, have devalued women. Certain cultures and traditions have actually perpetuated this. The fundamental truths about the inherent design of women and men have been distorted in the minds of men and women over the centuries. As a result, men and women alike do not understand a woman’s nature, potential, role and unique contribution to society.  

  Quality

The idea of male and female is God’s idea. He is the creator of both men and women. Men and women were created equal in essence. The difference between men and women is found in the makeup of their bodies and the quality of their soul dimension. Men and women may function differently, yet they are equal in essence and in God’s eyes. Women are strong and can endure many forms of oppression. In some communities, women are still perceived as domestic slaves, personal properties, sub humans, objects of sexual gratification, inferior and weak. A woman is not inferior to a man. The fact is that women are intelligent and powerful humans. It is a social tragedy to look down or abuse women. When men degrade, look down or abuse women, they show signs of ignorance.

Powerful

The woman whom God created is powerful, glorious and an influential being. A woman does not necessarily have to do what men do in order for her to be equal to men; she is already equal to him in essence. A woman must understand that God made her different for a purpose. Women are who they are because God had a purpose for the female human. Women are unique in their creative purpose and their fulfillment and effectiveness in society is found in them embracing their uniqueness. When we stop oppressing, abusing and looking down upon women, we will begin to benefit from the great potentials, gifts and talents that God has endowed the female with. A real man respects a woman by not verbally or physically attacking her. To all the women, you are not second class humans, you are made in God’s image and you can achieve that which you were created to fulfill in life. Do not allow opinions of others or negative experiences of life to imprison your potential. To be a woman is an honor and a gift from God. Be the woman you were created to be.