AdvocacyStories and Strikes
March 20, 2017
We want to introduce this poem written by Irish female poet. If you have some teachings that you want to teach to girls? The lessons only from women. These lessons are real power from women, aren't they?
AdvocacyThe Windows of Great Souls
March 17, 2017
Hi, everyone, my name is Pricillia Chandra. I am a former Scranton Scholar and now I am working as an Elementary teacher. Empowering girls, especially my students, is my dream since I was a child. That is because since I was a child, my grandmother told me not to pursue high education since it would be an obstacle to find partner for life (read: husband). However, my heart told me that it was not right. I was free to set my goal. Thus, I keep studying and studying until I got my master degree already. In this poem, I use my eyes and my student's eyes to symbolize our souls. The souls that should be free from any kind of imprisonment. I hope that it will bless you in some ways. Love, Pricil.
March 15, 2017
Today, we want to share the Korean Poem: Mother with you, celebrating the International Women's Day. Mother is not only a weak present but also strong. If you look her back, even though her body becomes bent with hard workings, she always devoted herself to family. I think you will know that how much your mother has tried hard for you and your family. Your mother is also a woman before your mother. Would not it be worth more of her life and dedication to abandoning all the external beauty for her family? What about saying ‘thank you’ to your mother today to express your thankfulness for her?
AdvocacyEyes That Speak
March 13, 2017
Hello! I am Wennie Jane Ganancial, a former Scranton Scholar from the Philippines. I am a woman who believes that our eyes are very powerful. They express something beyond what our mouth can speak. Some will believe in the smile of your face but others will also see the pain in them.What you hide in your heart can be read in your eyes.I was raised in a society where violence in women is very prevalent. Their vulnerability is being abused. Increasing cases of not just physical but verbal mistreatment are very frequent. That was not supposed to be.Don’t let them see just you but your strength. Be dauntless. Those eyes were not made for tears, but to shine in vigor and cheerfulness. Let God use you and your life to influence others that they may see the goodness life has to offer.Knowing our worth as a woman enables us to surmount every hurdle that comes our way, allowing us to live up to our God-given potential. Believe in yourself when no one else does. God made women fearfully and wonderfully. Those eyes have stories to tell. Let it glow and see the best in you and in others as well. Regardless of who you are and where you are from, you are precious as a pearl and beautiful as a flower. You deserve to love and to be loved. Be reminded of that. ?
AdvocacyA feather of Hope
March 09, 2017
Hello everyone! I am Chloe Yewon Park, an intern of Scranton Women’s Leadership Center. It is a precious chance for me to share what I though with you all! First of all, you can see that I wrote WOMAN in every first letter in each sentence. I wanted to express the WOMAN itself by doing this. There are still many women who are in dark side. I saw the story that there are lots of girls in the world who are in early marriage because of the money. After early marriage, they are in danger of violence, sexual assault, and the infection of the sexual disease. Especially for young female refugees, they escaped their countries due to the female circumcision which causes them to die. This kind of situation is truly unfamiliar with me because I do not suffer it. However, if they have suffered that kind of situation because they are woman, this is not their own problem. It is our matter to be changed. The reason why I wanted to share this is to share that we still have lots work for woman’s right. Yes, I know woman is sometimes weak. However, if we get together, we can be powerful and make change. Let’s break our eggs! Let’s follow the light! Let’s be the hope together!
AdvocacyThe power of women, from the lips
March 08, 2017
Hello, everyone! I am Sienna Eunsoo Kang, an intern of Scranton Women's Leadership Center.It is a great honor for me to show you my poem and photo! I personally like lips the most from my body. When I was a child, I liked that my face changed as I applied lipstick of various colors to my lips. However, as I grew more and more, I became aware of the true importance of lips, not their external appearance because the truth of our thoughts and minds goes out through the lips. Is the 'word' the first step that our thoughts and attitudes are actually expressed and put into practice?I hope that words from our lips are true, powerful and empowers someone else!Thank you.
AdvocacyInternational Women's Day
March 08, 2017
International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women's Day has been observed since in the early 1900's - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women's Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights," says world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem. International Women's Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action - whatever that looks like globally at a local level.Thus, Scranton Women's Leadership Center would like to put together a campaign for women with you. How can you join the steps for women's equality and progress for all? The method of participation is as follows.1. Take a picture of parts of woman's body, gesture or expression that can symbolize a woman’s beauty and wonderness. 2. Describe it in a short poem. The poem is recommended to be 10 lines and 2 Stanza in length. 3. Then send us them with a short self-introduction and the motivation of the work via e-mail. 4. It will be uploaded on the center's website and Facebook by Scranton Women’s Leadership Center. Everyone, regardless of gender, can participate in this campaign. Think of the value, beauty and energy of yourself, your sister, your mother, your grandmother, your friends and your lover as a woman! Do you want to keep their dignity? Do you want to guarantee their rights? Let us share our voices, heart and feelings and empower us! Active participation of one person will gather one by one and bring about a big change of the world! You are the main character standing in the midst of the wind of change!* Period of a campaign: March 8 - April 7, 2017 * Email: email@example.com
AdvocacyVIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
December 12, 2016
Roma Ejaz Ul Din, Scranton Scholar of Kinnaird College in PakistanViolence against women is a worldwide, yet still hidden problem. Freedom from the threat of harassment, battering, and sexual assault is a concept that most of us have a hard time imagining because violence is such a deep part of our cultures and our lives. Violence against women is woven into the fabric of society to such an extent that many of us who are victimized feel that we are at fault. But near me violence against women means or an opposite word is women. Till day women are dominated by the society, in the working place, or in the house by their family members. Every form of violence threatens the women and limits their ability to make choices regarding their lives. Sexual violence is particularly insidious because sexual acts are ordinarily and rightly a source of pleasure and communication. It is often unclear to a woman who has been victimized and to society as a whole whether a sexual violation was done out of sexual desire or violent intent. Thirty years ago, violence against women is hidden under a cloak of silence or acceptance. As more and more women talked with each other in the recent wave of the women's movement, it becomes apparent that violence against women’s occurs on a massive scale, that no woman is immune, and that family, friends, and public institutions have been cruelly insensitive about it. But over the past thirty years, women have mobilized to offer direct services to those who have encountered violence, to educate people about the range and nature of male violence against women, and to develop strategies for change. In accordance to some studies in Pakistan every hour two wives are beaten up. But now a days so many NGOs working for the development of women’s in developing country like Pakistan. For instance a case of Zahida ParveenZahida Perveen's husband accused her of being unfaithful and cut off her nose and ears and gouged out her eyes. The centre helped her go abroad for treatment and to prosecute her husband, who is now serving a 14-year prison sentence. Zahida, who is now blind, appreciated the support, but tells Nahida (social worker) that she feels the sentence was far too lenient. But she says That I've gone through so many problems, so this is not enough for him.On the other side, some political parties in Pakistan also stand against the violence on women, required to protect women and children from domestic violence. A place which is considered as the heaven for women actually became hell for her. Most of the cases of abuse go unnoticed or unreported just because of the people around discourage the victim and stops her to go to the police as it is matter of her marital life. Another major reason of domestic violence is the male dominating society and the attitude of males towards their female family member. If we want to eliminate all these problems we had to empower our women. In today’s world most important point is that family should also educate their male members to respect women and should treat them as a human being as they taught their daughter how to behave. From the religious point of view Christ has set us free from his holy blood, and all human creatures are born free, so no one is in the world who are born slave, so why the society is dominating women’s.
AdvocacyWomen! Live your life proudly!
December 08, 2016
Gemma Labagan, Scranton Scholar of Southern Philippines Methodist Colleges in Philippines“Fearless, Strong, Special, Queen and Influential.” These are some of the words that best describe to a woman. Women have an intrinsic power that can be seen in our personality. A unique personality can contribute for the making a better world. This power we have is very influential to the lives of every living thing that live here on earth. Sadly, too many women don’t know about this power that we have. Instead, women are consumed by the power of exploitation. Our society became cruel because of the absence of human rights especially to women. Women’s right has become anonymous to those who abuse and take advantage to women. “Right to be respected, right to be recognized, right to live well and right to speak up and be heard.” These are some rights of women that are seems to be hidden inside the box. I am a small girl. There were really times that I have experienced and witnessed the unfairness of life. I must say it has something to do with me being a small but most of the reason is because I am a woman. One time, while I was travelling from church going to our dormitory with a tricycle (kind of motorcycle) the driver got curious as to what did I do from the church. I told him that I was invited to have a testimony in front of church members. And I was surprised on what he said to me. He told me that women should not be allowed to speak publicly because women are reflections of weakness. People should not rely on women because women are not strong enough to be lean on. He even used passages from the bible to which I hardly understand because my mind was already occupied by discouragement and fear. Discouraged because he told me those things and it’s my first time to speak up and share my life story as a young woman who entered in ministry. Fear, because I was afraid that he is out of his mind, and that he was just trying to corner me and do something to me. Finally, I was able to reach the dormitory safely but I feel down. I then started to think, is it true that women can only be a listener that women should just really sit and keep their mouth shut. I know then that I just experienced the cruelty of judgement and unfairness to a woman’s heart. A simple act of violence that is hard to notice. An emotional abused. How many of us are experiencing like this every day? Does our society really know that women’s existence is far beyond being just a mother, a wife and a human? Does our society really know that women’s right is not just to protect our lives as women alone but to protect the entire human race because women are the one who really know and understand the true essence of life?Now that I am already a full time deaconess, my courage and confidence became stronger as I speak, either to deliver a sermon, testimony or give lectures. I learned from that day through meditations and prayers that women should not be deprived on expressing her thoughts. The rates of women being abused are high because women can’t be heard. Women can’t speak up and fight for what they think and believed. Women’s mouths are sealed with fear, pain and discouragement. To what extent are we going to live for it? Let’s forget the status quo of men and women in a society. Let women be heard and speak up. Let’s give more meaning to our task as empowered women and to empower others. Let us not be a light only in a home, but let us be the foundation. Let us not only be a flower in plant but let us be the roots. Let us not only be a princess but let us be the queen. Women! Live life to the fullest by speaking up and be heard.
AdvocacyAct, Show and Prove!
December 07, 2016
Jeannette Josephine Mintardjo, Scranton Scholar of Duta Wacana University in IndonesiaI believe in overcoming violence and I think it is not naive to believe in it. I’m also aware that this has something to do with gender roles in my society. The classifications of rights and responsibilities through the perspectives of strong and superior male impacts the way my “world” treated women and it is not okay to stay constant with this worldview. I happened to face violence physically and also through verbal communication in my daily life at home that eventually lead me to what I believe as women’s rights. I remembered clearly that one morning I woke up with my papa yelling at me. He was mad because me and my sister woke up late by half an hour than we are supposed to. He said that it was, it is, and it always will be our responsibility to make sure everything is clean and perfect in the house. “I would not see my daughter doing nothing while there’s even a single dirty plate on the table or a single dirty shirt lying on the floor!” Those rules, does not apply to any of our brothers. There was no excuse even for schoolwork. Somehow we have to manage ourselves. It does not mean that my papa does not love their daughters. But he clearly divides us, daughters and sons, by our gender. When the day is rough, my papa would throw things at me and my sister if we put our study first than our house-work. My brother gets along with this idea and said to us “there is no use for both of you to study hard. You will become wives and serve us men”. My sister and I, we were disparate and long for something to rescue us from this worldview. We were eager to learn and build social network through church also school. But we do not have the time. It was always never enough to do all the house-work and school-work at the same time. We envy our brothers. We decided that this verbal violence that we get throughout the day would not determine our future. It is only if we heal our past that we shall be able to build the future, as difficult and time-consuming though this may be. We would not let ourselves believe in those hurtful words, where we as young women were seen as people in the second level, a not-so-important people. We started to change our vocabulary in responding to the attitudes that were shown to us at home. Where we were labeled “useless”, we told ourselves and our family that we are “helpful” and eager to learn. We started to study hard in our spare time about our strength and weaknesses. My sister is best at dancing and psychology. She put a huge effort to show our parents how she shines bright in those fields. I, myself, love to read and study theology also environmental science. I showed my parents how to reduce and recycle more papers and plastics, reduce the use of warm-water when it is not needed, in the light of environmental science and its correlation to the meaning of human participation in caring for the citizen of the world. These efforts, these non-violence resistances, pay off! My papa lessen his hurtful words to me and my sister and rather encourage me, my sister and brothers to help each other in doing house-work, even to study together for school. Through my study in the fifth semester at college, I read about the challenge of heteronormativity in our society, where gender roles of men and women are seen to be natural roles in life. This idea challenge all of society level where there are so many anomaly out there that these gender roles harm and degrade the capabilities of women, the participation of women to make this world all better living. And we, as women and men in this whole new perspective of stopping violence against women, should tell more stories about non-violence resistance. It is only by non-violence resistance that we are able to see our dream comes true, the elimination of violence against women. It is only by believing in resistance to violence even violence “for good cause” that we are able to define women’s rights to participate in social change. We need to start changing our vocabulary in responding to violence. From my perspective, it starts from the family, where the non-violent conflict resolution is something fundamental and is the heart of women’s rights. If a woman cannot be safe in her own house, then she cannot be expected to feel safe anywhere.