By Victoria Susana
When I learned my lola and eldest aunt had perennial bout of nervous breakdowns and trauma during and after World War II, I kept thinking about it -the pains and suffering they went through without institutional help and community support, and even until now that other victim- countries of Japanese soldiers inhuman actions against women are recognized and given attention that should not be done again.
No way, not anymore because women all over the world are always victims of wars men created to justify their machismo and satisfy their dumb pride. Now, more than ever women’s rights are human rights should resonates in the hearts and minds of humankind particularly male leaders who still hold the reigns of leadership that lead us to unkind leadership, a classic case of global distorted outlook and direction and a distortion of the definition of power and control.
Women should now think and be encourage to become leaders of substance and humility to help change the world for the better and become the shining light of hope and fairness .Women should reinvent, reform and “reroute” the path of all to reach fulfillment, justice and equality.
Some say we need to move on and forget the long past and crime committed against the powerless and voiceless for they are “collateral damages” and there is nothing to do anymore.
These kind of people do not deserve to be called educated and actually belong to the era of cavemen. They are as insensitive and arrogant saying it does not matter, thinking ignorantly they are not directly affected or do not care what their ancestors ordeals.
Maybe that is the cause of dysfunctional families, they and their ancestors did not learn to heal the wounds inflicted on them. The family tragic past becomes like a staircase where everyone go up and down and never ends until next generations. This is a belief in some ancient cultures. Whether the modern, colonial society believe it or not, that is another tragedy.
Sure, its the age of advance technology, we conveniently assure ourselves, but human emotions and instinct will never fade and confronting ourselves with this becomes our best armor to face any challenges.
It’s a pity that today’s leaders with questionable integrity tell us to move one but we must understand and educated enough to know that moving on should be done with recognition, asking forgiveness and acceptance from the perpetuators of abuse and injustice.
Even appalling is that the abusers children denies and refuse to face reality of the crime done and by their parents and heaven bless us, they even run for public office.
That is why also some people with limited knowledge and openness regardless of the level of education do not believe in the concept of human rights as a universal principle as encouraged and promoted by United Nation and as a guide to all countries, our very much included, being ruled over by the power of money, fear and ego.
My lola and auntie and all ordinary, nameless women victims of sex slavery in the cities and countryside. They suffer even until now through the memories of their children and grandchildren. How can an injustice move on this way?
Respect and honor should conquer the world again.
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