My daughter is a blessing, not a curse

20 Sep

pakistani girls

Hello and welcome back to Suffragette Kitty.

My publicist and I have not posted in awhile. There is no good reason for the long, unexcused absence. OK, she may have been lounging along the pristine coast of North Carolina while I was away at Cat Camp. That was followed by the back-to-reality bustle for which September is so famous.

There certainly has been plenty of wonderful news about women, not the least being Diane Nyad’s 100-mile swim from Havana, Cuba to Key West Florida and Serena Williams winning the U.S. Open for the fifth time. (Did you see Serena’s match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus? More than two hours of the most grueling tennis ever! My two front paws ached for a week just from watching.)

But more importantly, we are going to focus on what we hope is a huge leap for women and girls. Today, Sept. 20, 2013, worshipers in mosques all across Pakistan added this line to their morning prayers: “My daughter is a blessing, not a curse.”

Yes, it is sad that such a line has to be mandated into the daily ritual. Why would anyone not see their daughter as a “blessing?” Well, as we already know, many cultures view daughters as solely another mouth to feed and body to clothe and shelter until she marries. In other words, she is a drain on the family’s limited resources.
pakistani girl

So much so, that each year the bodies of approximately 300 newborn girls are found discarded in trash cans, empty lots, sides of roads, … you get the idea, throughout Pakistan. Broken down, that is nearly six infants each week who are left to die simply for being born female.

This fact is so troubling, that the Pakistani government is using the sacred platform of morning prayer to convince parents that every baby needs to be nourished to adulthood, not just the boys. The mantra only began today, but let’s hope it’s not too soon to see positive results.

This is indeed a disturbing topic. Who among us can imagine giving birth to a daughter only to let her to perish? How difficult must it be for these parents in Pakistan to even consider it? Do they ever overcome the pain?

My publicist and I are thrilled that action is being taken and are hoping that public awareness will end what could be considered a genocide. Perhaps China and India are taking notes. You can read more about it here

Thanks for tuning in today. it’s good to be back.

xo, LMA

p.s. The photos are from the Facebook page, Pakistani Girls. Aren’t the girls adorable?


10 Responses to “My daughter is a blessing, not a curse”

  1. Carol Jamison September 21, 2013 at 8:08 am #

    Thank you Ms. Alcatt, for posting! I have missed your blogs! What a wonderful change in such a horrifying situation in Pakistan. So hard to even imagine, and I am grateful to you for sharing this story.

    • louisamayalcatt September 21, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

      Thanks carol, happy to read the good news about you xo lma

  2. Bruce Thiesen September 21, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    Welcome back, LMA.

  3. sued51 September 22, 2013 at 6:12 am #

    It truly is a disturbing topic, but one I’m glad you posted!

    • louisamayalcatt September 22, 2013 at 11:21 am #

      Thanks sued51, let’s hope enough awareness is raised to make this horrific situation history, xo LMA

  4. Sheila September 23, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    Very sad. But change can only happen through awareness, which is one of the many reasons why I love your blog! I always learn something whenever I visit. xoxo

  5. LB September 24, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

    A glimmer of light and hope. Much needed …
    What did you think about the sentences of the rapists in Delhi? I don’t mean whether or not you agree with the death sentence, but just that the rapists were even sentenced! Maybe this will be the beginning of cultural shift.

    • louisamayalcatt September 25, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

      Hi LB, truthfully, I think that if social and other media had not broadcast India in such a bad light, we’d have heard nothing of it. but it is something I plan to post, thanks and hope you’re enjoying the open road, xo LMA

  6. A Rhythm Runs Through It September 25, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    Thanks so much for posting this. It’s a sad fact but also moving that things are changing there.

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