Women! Live your life proudly!
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.