And this year I have picked this photo to represent the patience of women of Malaysia.
|My early morning photo of an acquaintance - a woman who has been fishing in Luak Bay all her life...this is her patient pose...while waiting for the sea to give her the long awaited for tiny shrimps or bubuk to make belacan or cincaluk for 2012!!|
We definitely have to celebrate the achievements of our women.....We have women who
+ brave the elements to look for food in the sea and the mountains.
+ take out boats to fish in the river when their men are away somewhere else and they have to HEAD their family.
+ fight against men to earn a living in the construction sites
+ stand all the way from the interior in rough bus rides to bring their jungle produce to the Sunday markets in the cities
+ slash and burn secondary jungles to produce rice for the nation
+ provide breast milk for their new born babies
+ collect rain water to quench the thirst of their elderly
+ wash clothes by the river banks when the wells dry up and there is no pipe water from the government at all
+ trap animals and birds to feed their hungry
+ weave baskets out of rattan they collect in the thick equatorial forests
+ walk miles to send their small children to boarding school
+ sweep the streets in the cities every day
+ empty rubbish bins in the malls
+ clean the toilets in schools and offices
the list goes on and on.....
if these are not achievements I do not know what we can call them!!
This year we should award these UNKNOWN / SILENT women for their ACHIEVEMENTS against all odds!!