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.
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 http://www.theworld.org/2013/09/pakistan-daughters/.
Thanks for tuning in today. it’s good to be back.
p.s. The photos are from the Facebook page, Pakistani Girls. Aren’t the girls adorable?