The Arabs had their “Spring.” Now women are having theirs. Halleluya! In virtually every country in the world on this Valentine’s Day women are dancing for an end to violence against them. JoAnn is one among them dancing in the streets of Atlanta today.
If ever there was a good reason for a day in the year called Valentine’s day, this is it. Never mind the obligatory cards and roses. Let’s give this day over every year to this cause until the violence and degradation that one in three women are currently likely to experience has stopped. Then, if we want to, we can go back to doing what started out in the Edwardian Age as the only socially appropriate way for a real gentleman to declare love for a lady — sending a card.
In the meantime, how about Hallmark creating a whole genre of Valentines cards that not only give men a chance to declare their love but include a promise to honor and cherish the women in their lives as they should be honored. That is, as equals and worthy of our respect.
I also challenge women to play their part in the shifting the energy by including in their amazing choreography a dance routine on Radical Forgiveness. If one billion women, all on one day, were to do a Radical Forgiveness worksheet on those men who abuse them, I believe the abuse would stop immediately. Women have to realize that they have been complicit in creating the inequality and, yes, even the abuse, by believing they are not worthy. Doing the Radical Forgiveness work would put an end to that centuries old energy pattern. Now, wouldn’t that would be a Women’s Rising.