Today being International Women's Day I got thinking about the role of women in today's world. Most of us live in the "free world" where women are relatively free to live, work and dress as we choose.
We can choose to be homemakers or career women, to be couch potatoes or on-the-go fitness buffs. We can dress modestly or shamelessly. We can read what we want and express our opinions without fear of reprisals. We can generally go about living our lives as we choose.
But, it's not like that everywhere. In other parts of the world women are restricted. Some cannot go to school or must brave hazards to get to school. Other women are limited in the types of work they can do or the places they can go. Still others are forced into marriages or sold into servitude by their families.
These are the women that we should remember today; we need to empower the women and girls who live their lives suffering in poverty, wartorn and dire circumstances.
They say that if a charity gives money to the male head of the household, it is spent on drink and entertainment, but if the charity gives money to the woman of the house, it is spent on food and other necessities. Empower women.