Ric Maulion .
“God could not be everywhere, so He created mothers.” -Jewish Proverb
MARCH 8 was International Women’s Day. Also known as the United Nation’s Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace, women are recognized for their achievements regardless of national, ethical, linguistic, economic and cultural distinctions.
The celebration dates back to 1908 in New York. In 1975, rallies were more pronounced when women wore workers’ clothes and staged massive rallies on the streets and just everywhere else demanding better wages and benefits. The women’s empowerment movement then took a different turn in the US and other parts of the globe.
The #Metoo crusade against sex offenders have so far put pressure on some celebrities, forcing them to retire for good to salvage what is left in their waning creative juices. US President Donald Trump was not even spared from such controversy. His was a sorry epileptic rat in 45 seconds, says an actress he had allegedly forcibly romanced with earlier.
But not all women who made an impact were lucky. Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi was stripped of her 2012 human rights award given by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum for her failure to intervene in the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the country’s Northern Rakhine State, involving 700,000 Rohinga refugees.
Korean actor Jo Min-ki of “The Attorney” film was less fortunate. He was found hanging by his wife in a basement parking lot beneath his home in Seoul. The 52-year old was accused of molesting eight students at Cheongju University. As the number of accusers increased, he was unable to withstand the heat and so, he took his own life instead. Tragic.
The Philippines is not far behind. President Duterte simply shows what kind of a misogynist he is. We have seen how he jokingly declared how sorry he was for not being given the chance of raping an Australian missionary first before inmates did. He even the gall to encourage men in uniform to rape at least three women in the battlefield — again, jokingly. And then he told them to shoot amazons in their vaginas to render them inutile.
He skipped an important forum in Australia recently. He had to because he would be beaten black and blue by the international media.
Now facing the prospects of being tried in the International Criminal Court, he resorts to his usual “joke only” antics. He badmouthed ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard and called them unfit and imprudent. Better for them to be fed to crocodiles, this sexist arrogant President said.
So it’s time to have this man checked by a psychiatrist, snapped UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Husseinfeeling in response to the below-the-belt attacks by the President. But is there a need for an examination when we already know that it was already certified by a Filipino shrink that he has a problem? That’s documented.
Back to women. I know a mother who personifies an empowered woman all throughout her life.
Fate was not on her side. She was forced to leave her province to find greener pastures to feed her four growing children after her husband was peppered with nine bullets. The emptiness brought her to Cebu and later, Mindanao with her partner who worked as a driver. She worked for survival, from peddler to gasoline girl, tailor to selling tuba in the market to make both ends meet.
She was a tough mama. She came to the defense of her two sons whenever they got bullied but discriminated no one.
She is now 85 years old and walks with the aid of crutches and her sense of hearing has been partially impaired but her heart has remained the same — large enough that even strangers and indigents find solace with her.
The hand that rocks the cradle is indeed the hand that rules the world. I know better because she is my mother.