WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A WOMAN IN THIS WORLD

'What does it mean to be a woman?' That is existential question...

An Afghan refugee who lives in Australia recently went home for a visit. She noticed that women still walked six paces behind their husbands. In her birth city, Herat, she saw a woman six steps ahead...
An Afghan refugee who lives in Australia recently went home for a visit. She noticed that women still walked six paces behind their husbands. In her birth city, Herat, she saw a woman six steps ahead...
She rushed to congratulate the husband on his enlightenment - only to be told that he stuck his wife in front because they were walking through a minefield.
She rushed to congratulate the husband on his enlightenment - only to be told that he stuck his wife in front because they were walking through a minefield.
After her return to Australia she reflected that it may take about 15 years before Afghan women can truly walk alongside men. But once they do, she believes, all Afghans will benefit.
After her return to Australia she reflected that it may take about 15 years before Afghan women can truly walk alongside men. But once they do, she believes, all Afghans will benefit.
'When we talk about women's rights, we are talking about things that are important to men as well - men who want to see Afghanistan move forward...
'When we talk about women's rights, we are talking about things that are important to men as well - men who want to see Afghanistan move forward...
If you sacrifice women to make peace, you are also sacrificing the men who support them and abandoning the country to the fundamentalists that caused all the problems in the first place.' (Mozdah Jamalzadah, TV talk show star)
If you sacrifice women to make peace, you are also sacrificing the men who support them and abandoning the country to the fundamentalists that caused all the problems in the first place.' (Mozdah Jamalzadah, TV talk show star)
'What does it mean to be a woman?' Waris Dirie asks in her biography 'Desert Flower'. Since becoming a United Nations Special Ambassador, she has dedicated her life to fighting the horrific practice of female circumcision.
'What does it mean to be a woman?' Waris Dirie asks in her biography 'Desert Flower'. Since becoming a United Nations Special Ambassador, she has dedicated her life to fighting the horrific practice of female circumcision.
Born in the Somalian desert, she rose from a poverty stricken nomadic life to the fashion catwalks of New York. She escaped a forced marriage at 13 and lived homeless in England. Her question is truly meaningful and she has a courage to ask...
Born in the Somalian desert, she rose from a poverty stricken nomadic life to the fashion catwalks of New York. She escaped a forced marriage at 13 and lived homeless in England. Her question is truly meaningful and she has a courage to ask...
'What does it mean to be a woman?' That is existential question rather than biological, but it is hard to pinpoint who we are without including our bodies.
'What does it mean to be a woman?' That is existential question rather than biological, but it is hard to pinpoint who we are without including our bodies.
Three or four years old girls or boys start to question their identity, but people like the certainty and tell them very early what is expected of them in the society.
Three or four years old girls or boys start to question their identity, but people like the certainty and tell them very early what is expected of them in the society.
Girls are treated differently in different parts of the world but they are treated differently from birth in every society. 'How much we are, who we are and how much we are what we are expected to be?'
Girls are treated differently in different parts of the world but they are treated differently from birth in every society. 'How much we are, who we are and how much we are what we are expected to be?'
Girls and boys, they are different but yet the same...human beings. Let them to find out who they are and what they want to be...before you force on them your gender category...
Girls and boys, they are different but yet the same...human beings. Let them to find out who they are and what they want to be...before you force on them your gender category...
Bev and John sold their farm in the Snowy River region and moved to Perth to retire twenty years ago. The couple had just settled when one rainy night they spotted a group of homeless people sheltering under a tree trying to keep dry...
Bev and John sold their farm in the Snowy River region and moved to Perth to retire twenty years ago. The couple had just settled when one rainy night they spotted a group of homeless people sheltering under a tree trying to keep dry...
They rushed home and then rushed back with sandwiches and a flask of soup. "I believe nobody should be hungry," Bev said. And so began their soup kitchen. Now they are making about 2500 meals a week, most of which are handed out six nights a week
They rushed home and then rushed back with sandwiches and a flask of soup. "I believe nobody should be hungry," Bev said. And so began their soup kitchen. Now they are making about 2500 meals a week, most of which are handed out six nights a week
Bev and John looked at each other in surprise when I asked whose idea it was and who is the boss. "We are team, there is no better or worse half...
Bev and John looked at each other in surprise when I asked whose idea it was and who is the boss. "We are team, there is no better or worse half...
we bring the best in each other every day and 'feed the needy on the way'." John finally said and Bev nodded her head.
we bring the best in each other every day and 'feed the needy on the way'." John finally said and Bev nodded her head.
John and Bev have found the way to be who they are without worrying what does it mean to be a man or a woman of today.
John and Bev have found the way to be who they are without worrying what does it mean to be a man or a woman of today.
What would be of men in this world without women and what would be of women without men... what we have to do is find the balance with being fair.
What would be of men in this world without women and what would be of women without men... what we have to do is find the balance with being fair.
Meet the mining magnate from Perth, big Ben and his young girlfriend Elaine, the Weather Bureau assistant. "We have just broken two records," she exclaimed over their dinner in his posh house.
Meet the mining magnate from Perth, big Ben and his young girlfriend Elaine, the Weather Bureau assistant. "We have just broken two records," she exclaimed over their dinner in his posh house.
"Isn't it wonderful to live in this rich state where records mining profits are..." he boasted. "Cut it out Ben, I am talking about the maximum temperature above 35C for 26 days straight and minimum rainfall records are being broken."
"Isn't it wonderful to live in this rich state where records mining profits are..." he boasted. "Cut it out Ben, I am talking about the maximum temperature above 35C for 26 days straight and minimum rainfall records are being broken."
" So what?" big Ben looked bored. "Concerned about global warming by any chance Ben?" Elaine glared at him. "Why should I be, after all, Tony Abbott has assured us that it's all 'a load of crap', so what is exactly your point sweetheart?"
" So what?" big Ben looked bored. "Concerned about global warming by any chance Ben?" Elaine glared at him. "Why should I be, after all, Tony Abbott has assured us that it's all 'a load of crap', so what is exactly your point sweetheart?"
"So let's keep going the way we are, business as usual hey?" She asked. "Why not, we are making big bucks in mining after all." He boasted again.
"So let's keep going the way we are, business as usual hey?" She asked. "Why not, we are making big bucks in mining after all." He boasted again.
"You are making big bucks to be precise and what if you are wrong and there really is something in this global..." "In this global warming rubbish, you mean," big Ben laughed:
"You are making big bucks to be precise and what if you are wrong and there really is something in this global..." "In this global warming rubbish, you mean," big Ben laughed:
"Well, what's the problem, I bring home big money so you can spend them.. is it not what every woman wants and is good at, after all?"
"Well, what's the problem, I bring home big money so you can spend them.. is it not what every woman wants and is good at, after all?"
"What do you want and what you are good at Ben?" Elaine looked at him as she was seeing him for the first time. "What a stupid question, making big money, isn't that obvious?"
"What do you want and what you are good at Ben?" Elaine looked at him as she was seeing him for the first time. "What a stupid question, making big money, isn't that obvious?"
Elaine stood up ready to leave. "What's the matter with you, honey, I buy you whatever you like, I was looking forward to have lots of fun tonight?" Ben touched her arm.
Elaine stood up ready to leave. "What's the matter with you, honey, I buy you whatever you like, I was looking forward to have lots of fun tonight?" Ben touched her arm.
She brushed off his hand. "Hey, if I am wrong and there really is something in this global warming rubbish, well, what's the problem?" He looked at her confused: "What is to do with us after all?"
She brushed off his hand. "Hey, if I am wrong and there really is something in this global warming rubbish, well, what's the problem?" He looked at her confused: "What is to do with us after all?"
She looked at him confused now. He saw his chance and outstretched his arm: "Let's sit down and discuss why this problem bothers you so much, it won't be us..."
She looked at him confused now. He saw his chance and outstretched his arm: "Let's sit down and discuss why this problem bothers you so much, it won't be us..."
"It won't be us that has to deal with it, that's what you want to say." She finished his sentence and sat down astonished by his selfish stupidity. "Precisely, my love, why worry?"
"It won't be us that has to deal with it, that's what you want to say." She finished his sentence and sat down astonished by his selfish stupidity. "Precisely, my love, why worry?"
"BECAUSE I CARE!" She said slowly looking him straight into eyes. "About what?" He blinked surprised: "Why are you women so complicated, always worried what happens tomorrow, after all, that's what you have kids for...to deal with tomorrow, no?"
"BECAUSE I CARE!" She said slowly looking him straight into eyes. "About what?" He blinked surprised: "Why are you women so complicated, always worried what happens tomorrow, after all, that's what you have kids for...to deal with tomorrow, no?"
"Do you plan to have any, Ben, in your future?" She sighed suddenly very sad. "Not me, personally I think they are lots of nuisance and expensive to keep, more than you women, I am just joking...but if it makes you happy we can have one..."
"Do you plan to have any, Ben, in your future?" She sighed suddenly very sad. "Not me, personally I think they are lots of nuisance and expensive to keep, more than you women, I am just joking...but if it makes you happy we can have one..."
She went upstairs to pack her bag. He ran after her: " Are you crazy, to break up because of this warming rubbish, are you out of your mind?"
She went upstairs to pack her bag. He ran after her: " Are you crazy, to break up because of this warming rubbish, are you out of your mind?"
The answer was the loud bang of the outside door. He stood there confused, unable to figure out: "What went wrong tonight?"
The answer was the loud bang of the outside door. He stood there confused, unable to figure out: "What went wrong tonight?"
He went to smoke on the verandah. In the sky, a few grey, cauliflower shaped clouds drifted by.
He went to smoke on the verandah. In the sky, a few grey, cauliflower shaped clouds drifted by.
He remembered from the science lesson that grey clouds got their colour by being so dense that their top parts absorbed the sunlight ...
He remembered from the science lesson that grey clouds got their colour by being so dense that their top parts absorbed the sunlight ...
and cast their own shadow along the base. That's what he sees: 'the dark in their underbelly' and nothing else.
and cast their own shadow along the base. That's what he sees: 'the dark in their underbelly' and nothing else.
"Bloody woman, you can't do this to ME!" He shouted to the approaching night and yet, he has already missed her, terribly.
"Bloody woman, you can't do this to ME!" He shouted to the approaching night and yet, he has already missed her, terribly.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini


'One could not count

the moons

that shimmer on Kabul's roofs,

or the thousand splendid suns

that hide behind the veils,

the thousand splendid veils

that hide behind Kabul's walls.

All

these women

know

is war...'


/paraphrasing the poem about Kabul by Saib-e-Tabizi from the 17th century/


'One could not count

the carcasses

of burned out tanks

and wrecked helicopters.

The landscape shifted from snowcapped peaks

to deserts

to canyons,

to sun scorched outcroppings of rocks.

There was a young girl,

standing

in front of the black tent

of Koochi nomads,

looking on an ancient looking wall

of sun-dried red

in the distance.

It used to be a fortress,

built some nine hundred years ago,

Genghis Khan himself

raped her ancestors,

they became his slaves,

'the prize of the war'.


One could not count

the invaders,

Macedonians,

Sassanians,

Arabs,

Mongols,

now the Soviets

and Americans...


A gust of wind rose

from the horizon

The Koochi girl

caught a glimpse

of a man

and she ran to safety

of her tent

covering her face,

remembering,

all of them

and no one

in particular.


Was he the Soviet

looking for someone

to rape

before

going

back home,

disgraced?


Was he the greedy Mujahideen

armed to the teeth,

rich of heroin,

declaring jihad

on everyone

and raping every woman

in between?


Was is he the armed bearded man

in black turban,

dragging her

by the hair.

Hair was ripped

from her scalp

while he shouted in Pashto:

Long live the Taliban.”


Or is he

the greedy Mujahideen,

armed to teeth,

again,

by Americans,

coming back to rape her,

before hunting down 'bin Laden' and Taliban?


Then a giant roar,

something hot and powerful

slammed into her

from behind,

she crashed down

on a bloody chunk of something,

the lifeless bodies

of her parents

separated her

from the ground.


The bombs were falling

once again,

this time American ones.


The man found the girl,

dug her out.

His beard was streaked

with parallel stripes of grey.

He wanted to touch her,

but he stopped himself from doing so.

Something behind this young girl's eyes,

something deep in her core,

something as hard and unyielding

as the red ancient wall

shimmering in a distance,

caught him by surprise.


The girl took one last look

at the hole in the ground

and followed the man

in chapan

to his village

of flat kolbas

built with mud and straw.

Soon she is the one

of the sunburned women

cooking,

her face sweating

in steam rising from big blackened pots.

In the shadow of the straw wall,

her children are squatting,

playing with mud.


The little Koochi girl is a woman now.


A woman,

who is like a rock

in a river bead,

enduring without complaint,

her grace not sullied,

but shaped

by the turbulence

of her beloved

Afghanistan.

She is expecting,

again.

She shines

with the bursting radiance

of a thousand suns.

It is a girl,

this time.


From the darkened spirals of her memory

rise images of wars,

in which her people perished,

in their homes,

where the smoke of bombs is only now settling down.

Seasons have come and gone,

presidents in Kabul have been inaugurated and murdered,

and the corrupted Hamid Karzai is the president now.

An empire has been defeated,

old wars have ended and new ones have broken out.

An international peace keeping force is in her land now,

but it does not help to rebuild Afghanistan.


The Koochi woman speaks to her unborn daughter:

My love, the only enemy an Afghan can not defeat

is himself

or herself.

Tajik, Pashtun,

Hazara or Uzbek,

man or woman,

we are all Afghans

and is all that should matter.”


One could not count

on the help from outside,”

she plans to tell her daughter,

The promised aid money to Afghanistan

will never arrive,

the rebuilding will never end,

corruption will thrive,

The Taliban will keep regrouping,

the world will forget

once again

about Afghanistan,

but we are here,

because we are like those ancient walls of the Red City,

battered and beaten,

but still strong,

still standing

and because of us,

Afghanistan will survive.


/paraphrasing the thoughts and beliefs of Laila's father as she remembers them from her childhood in Kabul from 1987 to 1992 and reflects on them later in her own life from 1992 to 2003/


Khaled Hosseini let us

look

beneath the veils

of two ordinary Afghan women,

brought jarringly together

by the tragic sweep of wars.

They feared and hoped,

living their ordinary lives.

An illegitimate Mariam,

married off

to the middle-aged

and violent man,

Rasheed,

who had become

Laila's husband as well.


Laila,

her neighbour,

whose father,

an university professor,

had died

in a bomb attack,

dreaming about

the constitution

and laws of Afghanistan,

where women are FREE.


'WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A WOMAN IN THIS WORLD?'

They kept asking each other.


In HERAT

where I was born,

the Queen Gauhar Shad

raised the famous minarets in 15 century,”

Mariam said:

And yet

today,

we are banned

from work,

from education,

from public places.

We are in mercy

of our fathers,

husbands and brothers,

who decide our destiny.


She looked at Laila

continuing in her litany:

My mum believed,

that there is only one skill

in life,

I need,

TAHAMUL-ENDURE.”

She put on her burqa,

the padded headpiece,

felt tight and heavy

on her skull.


IT IS STRANGE SEEING THE WORLD THROUGH A MESH SCREEN.”

Laila replied:

There is more to life,

my dear Mariam,

believe me,

more to life,

than

to be afraid

all the time.”


'LISTEN. LISTEN WELL. OBEY.

DEATH THOSE,

WHO DON'T,

ALLAH-U-AKBAR!'


A look passed

between Laila and Mariam.

In this fleeting,

wordless exchange,

they decided to act.


Rasheed's hands

wrapped around Laila's neck.

Her face blue now

and her eyes rolled back.

He's going to kill her,

Mariam thought

and she could not,

would not

allow that to happen.


Mariam raised

the shovel high.

As she did,

it occurred to her,

that was the first time

that she was deciding

THE COURSE OF HER OWN LIFE.

And with that she brought down the shovel.

She gave it everything she had.


'WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A WOMAN IN THIS WORLD?'

She asked her husband of twenty-seven years,

before the final blow touched his head,

YOU CAN TAKE EVERYTHING FROM A WOMAN

AND YET YOU CAN NOT TAKE ONE THING,

LOVE

EVERY WOMAN KNOWS HOW TO LOVE,

EVERY WOMAN HAS LOVED,

EVERY WOMAN HAS BEEN LOVED BACK.”



Tashakor, brother,”

a murmuring sound

rippled through the stadium,

when Mariam was helped

down from truck.


She imagined

heads shaking

when the loudspeaker announced

her crime.

Kneel here, hamshira, and look down,”

the Talib said and she obeyed for once.


She was leaving the world

as THE WOMAN.

It was not so bad,

that she should die this way,

and with that last thought,

she smiled and closed her eyes.












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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

An important document Beata.;)


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lmmartin 5 years ago from Alberta and Florida

Both stories told here are powerful. Well done, Beata. Lynda


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De Greek 5 years ago from UK

What a wonderful piece you have written. Very well done and thank you for this :-)


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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

All I can say is "WOW"

Your poem makes all women proud :)


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, I have written it in a rush so was afraid of too many mistakes, but that doesn't matter now when I managed to get my message across:)


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nextstopjupiter 5 years ago from here, there and everywhere

Great words, great photos, thank you, Beata, for this wonderful hub!


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neeleshkulkarni 5 years ago from new delhi

how very sensitive Beata.

you got across the message fabulously.deeply touched to the extent to which even the book had not touched me.you have taken taken a heavy sldegehammer and translated its impact into a fist and driven it neatly into the solar plexus.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thanks guys, you give me more credit that I deserve but I think we all have the same eyes but different lenses...we can all read the same book and yet all our interpretations will be different:)

Thanks for your beautiful words...all the best from Beata


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Lady Wordsmith 5 years ago from Lancaster, UK

This is so powerful. You have made me cry. This message is incredible, and I feel humbled by your words. Thank you.

Linda.


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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

Great article,wonderful poem,intriguing story inside.Beautiful and well articulated article.


Phoebe Pike 5 years ago

This is beautifully written, good job.


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thedutchman 5 years ago

I couldn't fathom how these pieces of literature encapsulated gender equality issues. I hope many more will read this and reflect on it. Most especially, act upon it. Thank you Beata for imparting this insight. You can also visit my hub, http://hubpages.com/travel/Going-To-France-In-The-...


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you for your valuable and kind responses my wise hub followers, your words make me humble and with every new comment I realise that people discover more in my writings that I hope to get across...THANK YOU


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anabrea 5 years ago from North Andover, Massachusetts

Powerful, beautiful and deeply insightful (And I love that you included parallel stories with a common thread).


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ReuVera 5 years ago from USA

This is a very strong piece, Beata! Pictures are great too!


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you 'strong women of this world':)


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Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

We both speak of the same things, I have never thought to set it to poetry although sometimes here it is the only way to get around the guards. You may like to read Pollyannalana here.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Happy to hear that we speak the same language, Jackie, only the form is different but that is just the beauty of creative expressions...it can take so many shapes or forms...

thank you for your reading suggestion, will get to it, when I find the time:)


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youmeget 5 years ago

Enjoyed my read, voted up.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you my new hub follower for your kindness:)...have a great day wherever you are...


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Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Hiya Beata, what an absolutely awesome read! I enjoyed reading this from beginning to end. What it means to be a woman in world is really complicated, but you made it a little less complicated. I wasn't born in a country where women walk six paces behind their husband, nor do I live in one right now.. I must have been born lucky.. although some women aren't. Remember Helen Reddy's song "I Am Woman"? For me, that song says it all for all womankind. Great job! Voted up and awesome.

Have a nice day,

Rosie


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

thank you Rosie for your insight, I haven't been born in of those countries either, but just tried to have a global look on the women all around the world...just a little slice of it:)

Happy you liked it and very happy to have another great friend on hubpages...have a nice day as well...all the best from Beata


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thedutchman 5 years ago

This hub is cool. Thanks for sharing. keep it up.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you for stopping by and also for your kind comment...'the great wind to your sails wherever you are the flying dutchman':)...and hope our flying paths will cross again somewhere on another creative journey:)


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capncrunch 5 years ago from New Orleans

Hello Beata Stasak,

An amazing piece of writing you have here. It saddens me that women have to live anyway near this type of life. You have brought this story out well and it is an eye opener.

Great Hub!


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

It is such a tragedy that women have to experience this sadness and these choices. Very compelling hub.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you my dear fellow hubbers, there is so much misery and tragedy around us, the least I can do is to use my writing skills and point you in the right direction...to see their troubles, to feel their sadness, to emphatize and hopefully we all together can slowly change the world for a better place for everyone...


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HattieMattieMae 5 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

Awesome Beata:)


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Happy you liked it my new hub friend:)...have a great day and all the best with your hubbing...


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Londonlady 5 years ago

I've always believed that...if anybody wants to rebuild a war-torn country, they should go speak to the women of that country. Men are brash, and often irrational and out "providing for the family". Women are left to raise the children, so in essence, we cultivate the future. If anybody wants change, it would be to the women to raise the next generation correctly. Thank you for this hub!


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Happy to meet you on the hubpages, dear Londonlady, I agree with you totally but we know in reality it will never happen, men love their power too much:)


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

Its a very POWERFUL, WONDERFUL hub that you have EXCELLENTLY written and I must salute you for the time and effort you have put into to bring the hub to such a SUPERB standard.

My Very Best Wishes to you.

- Kamalesh

VOTED UP / AWESOME.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you dear Kamalesh050 for your praise, I am very honoured by it:) I just think it is much easier to write and reflect on something you are so passionate about and also the book is so beautifully and honestly written that it was much easier to follow the thread:)

THANK YOU AGAIN and hope to hear from you soon...all the best with your writings especially with your poetry...Beata


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Brinafr3sh 5 years ago from West Coast, United States

That was a very interesting story. voted up, thanks


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create a page 5 years ago from Maryland, USA

Beata Stasak this hub is like a history lesson, geography lesson and a love story all in one. It is amazing that the treatment women receive is determined to a large extent on where they live. We have so many liberties here in the west that we take for granted.

Thanks for writing such a wonderful, informative yet entertaining hub with beautiful photos. I voted up.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you my dear readers for your encouraging comments it makes me happy that my hobby of reading and writing is at least little bit worthwile:)


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RosalieTuomey 5 years ago

Thank you for writing this hub. It brings up a subject that all of us women need to never forget. As long as women are "second-class" citizens anywhere in the world.....the rest of us need to be concerned. We are ALL sisters!


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, Rosalie, you read my thoughts, happy that this piece of writing resonates with so many my sisters...you are right, we have to defend each other, if we don't do it, no one will:)...bless you Rosalie wherever you are...


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Wow! Wonderful hub-intriguing and captivating. Well done. Bravo!


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you for visiting me, Denise and I am very happy you liked my reflection:)...all the best with your writing and hubbing my fellow hubber:)


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Lady Guinevere 5 years ago from West Virginia

Beata thanks for leaving me such a wonderful fanmail. There is a song we have here in the states and Helen Ready sung it. Perhaps you already know it but in case not here are the words (the do keep many of us going when things get bad):

I am woman, hear me roar

In numbers too big to ignore

And I know too much to go back an' pretend

'cause I've heard it all before

And I've been down there on the floor

No one's ever gonna keep me down again

CHORUS

Oh yes I am wise

But it's wisdom born of pain

Yes, I've paid the price

But look how much I gained

If I have to, I can do anything

I am strong (strong)

I am invincible (invincible)

I am woman

You can bend but never break me

'cause it only serves to make me

More determined to achieve my final goal

And I come back even stronger

Not a novice any longer

'cause you've deepened the conviction in my soul

CHORUS

I am woman watch me grow

See me standing toe to toe

As I spread my lovin' arms across the land

But I'm still an embryo

With a long long way to go

Until I make my brother understand

Oh yes I am wise

But it's wisdom born of pain

Yes, I've paid the price

But look how much I gained

If I have to I can face anything

I am strong (strong)

I am invincible (invincible)

I am woman

Oh, I am woman

I am invincible

I am strong

FADE

I am woman

I am invincible

I am strong

I am woman


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

My dear Lady...it is beautiful, thank you for sharing it with me, we are all joined in a world wide sisterhood:)...love and peace from Beata


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RalphGreene 5 years ago

Speechless, but very nice hub.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

WOW!!! Awesome hub you have written. I enjoyed reading this very much. Thank you so much for writing this.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Again, I have to admit it is great feeling to know that my words left you speechless:)...thank you for your beautiful comments fellow hubbers...


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prettydarkhorse 5 years ago from US

You have the gift of words and it is sad that women do suffer! Nice!!


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thanks 'prettydarkhorse', happy you visited me and liked my words:)...they are just words until you unlock them and then they touch your heart:)


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Beautiful, my friend. You have beautiful poem here. Thanks for writing and share with us. Cheers...


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you for your friendly message, Prasetio, it encourages me to keep writing:)


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Harlan Colt 5 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

I find this along the stature of Anne Frank. Well presented, well expressed and timeless. Perhaps one day it will find its presence among a display of a women's historical appreciation for literary works in a large city gallery. By the comments here, it is well on its way.

I vote up and awesome WA.

- Best wishes

- Harlan


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

More than I deserve, dear Harlan, I am just ordinary teacher, who speaks many languages (but none of them very good:) and is trying to find her own voice:)

THANK YOU AGAIN YOUR WORDS OF PRAISE MEAN A LOT TO ME:)


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marlenedrake 5 years ago from Nevada

Very inspirational and was much needed to hear. We never take the time to look at this world, for that side. Thanks for sharing.God bless.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you my dear fellow hubber for your kind words, have a great day wherever you are:)


writeronline 5 years ago

I apologise Beata, you were kind enough to start following me several days ago, and it's taken me this long to come by and read some of your work,(and start following you.)

I was captivated by this piece, it's beautiful, and tragic, and human, and powerful. Thankyou for publishing it.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Happy you managed to stop by and leave this beautiful comment:)...all the best to you my new hubber friend and a lot of creativity for your writing:)


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sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

This article chronicles the bane of the Afghan woman so very well that even the reader can view the world through the obscured burka veil. If the US and NATO forces were fighting to liberate women, the cause would be worthwhile. Unfortunately, the liberation of Afghan woman is a pretextual goal to construct an oil pipeline to my understanding. Your work honors the needless suffering of so many women. Thank you.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

You are right, my fellow hubber, just finished watching: 'Fair game' about the old story how the Bush administration had manipulated intelligence about weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion of Iraq and the last words spoken in the movie said: "The responsibility of the country is not in the hands of the privileged few. what they have done is wrong and we have to never forget that."

We can not change the world, but I believe we have to demand the truth and seek the truth....


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sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

OH CONTRAR MON FRER: WE THE PEOPLE ARE RESPONSIBLE AND CAN AND MUST CHANGE THE WORLD FOR THE BETTER. THE LANDED GENTRY DEFEND THE STATUS QUO. CHEERS.


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sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

OH CONTRAR MON FRER: WE THE PEOPLE ARE RESPONSIBLE AND CAN AND MUST CHANGE THE WORLD FOR THE BETTER. THE LANDED GENTRY DEFEND THE STATUS QUO. CHEERS.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Yes, you are right, we have to keep trying...:)


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Beata, it's so nice to meet you, truly inspirational, i look forward to reading more of your hubs.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Welcome to my hubpages, dear Movie Master, happy you liked it:)


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Jewels 5 years ago from Australia

Again I love your pics - I must get a good camera! I read A Thousand Splendid Suns, the gender imbalance is horrifying. Philosophically I can't help see the imbalance in humanity at large. What strength to endure it.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

My camera is very old, dear Jewels, I just a million pictures and some works and some not, if you look carefully, some of my pictures are black in the corner, it is because my camera doesn't close properly any more and I don't like to re-touch my pictures at all, what I see is what you get...happy it is working so far:)


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Trips 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

This is such great combination of poetic color and symbolism mixed with raw, powerful statements that cut straight through to the heart. It made me want to cry. I do weep inside for these women...We may have a long way to go, but we have no idea how good we westerners have it. Thank you for the work! I am happily a new fan. :-)


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you my dear 'Trips', our world is such a diverse place to live and we just manage to see a tiny piece of our background and maybe get some visual images of far away places on our screens...I believe that through real and great literature we can live our lives again and again throughout the eyes of someone else born somewhere else...if is a gift and it makes us better people at the end. Happy you liked my peace my new friend and all the best with your hubbing:)


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puddingicecream 5 years ago from United States

Love the photos and interesting captions! I like this one: "John and Bev have found the way to be who they are without worrying what does it mean to be a man or a woman of today."


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thanks my fellow hubber for stopping by:)...wouldn't it be wonderful if all of us managed to find that too?...maybe once...


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glassvisage 5 years ago from Northern California

Beautiful. I love how you expressed this through a poem. Very clear imagery, giving me a clear picture without being too wordy.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

i am happy i have managed this time to say enough without using too many words, that is my goal...thanks my dear fellow hubber for stopping by and leaving me a comment that cheered my heart


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bwhite062007 5 years ago from East Coast

This was amazing and extremely powerful. Well written, and thank you for sharing.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Happy you liked it, my fellow hubber...I love to write and it is very satisfying if my piece resonates with other people too...thank you again for your kind comment:)


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annmackiemiller 5 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

that is amazing - well done - voted up, awesome and beautiful


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, my new HP friend, I am honoured you took time to stop by and find my piece of work worth of commenting....all the best with your hubbing:)


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LailaK 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Beautifully-written!


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

happy you liked it, Laila and come back again:)


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clark farley 5 years ago

Enjoyed reading what you have written.

Since we all live in our own ('mostly everything' shared/in-common) realities, your Hub enhances my reality.

And after all is said and done, isn't that the best we can hope for?


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

You are right Clark, more we share...more we understand and more we are able to empathise and work together to change our shared reality to be enjoyable and equal for everyone....still a long way to go...but we are already walk the road...together:)


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida

Wow! Beautiful read! I think I can write until I read something like this. You make me realize what good writing really is. Thanks.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

My dear Mary, thank you for your encouragement and kind words, I was told just recently in my working place that my foreign English is not good enough...I also think that my imagination and creativity is not useful in formal English writing...however, after reading your comment I realised that not only beauty but also 'our accomplishments' lie in the eye of beholder:)


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MsDora 5 years ago from The Caribbean

Beata, this is deep! Voted BEAUTIFUL and AWESOME. First I looked at the pictures and my eyes got moist. The story of John and Bev are so touching. Thanks for sharing what womanhood means in another part of the world. I appreciate you, and all the women you mentioned. Thanks also for the fan mail. I also feel real close to you. I will read more of your work, I promise.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Dear Ms Dora, I am already grateful that you have given me some of your precious time and I am very happy your visit was rewarding one...time is the most precious commodity of our times so please visit only if you really want to...:)

John and Bev are special people although I don't know them personally and it is one of my goals to honour and pay tribute to those everyday, ordinary faces you pass on a street and usually you don't even give them second glance and yet those are the real people who make real differences in our world, don't you think?


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anupma 5 years ago from India

Great hub, that beautifully reveals the pain of women. I mean I am speechless. What to write,

Oh, I am woman

I am invincible

I am strong

FADE

I am woman

I am invincible

I am strong

I am woman

greatest lines I ever read for women.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Dear 'anumpa', thank you, what else I can say, you honoured my work in the most beautiful way:)


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QudsiaP1 5 years ago

No one knows the plight of the woman except she who suffers it; except she who endures it. They say it is a man's world and there is perhaps more truth to this statement then we will ever realise. In every place; in every corner a woman is at some point of her life made to feel inferior but what naive men know not is that it is these very women that gave them birth.

There is no being more superior than the woman, who endures so much pain, suffering, stereotyping, stigma and yet is stronger than any man can ever be.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you so much dear 'QudsiaP1' for pouring your heart out on the plight of women and I know you are right, on the other hand I believe in the world that both sides of the coin (men and women) realise just that...we are one coin and there is no coin only with one side...we are two sides of one sun and two sides of one moon....there is no better or worse half...just an equal half:)


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the bunco squad 5 years ago from Savannah GA

I have spent the evening reading your works and I am utterly impressed and slightly jealous. I love that everything you right and the pictures you take have the heart of a true poet. Very few are gifted in this way.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Dear my fellow hubber, I feel utterly speechless that someone thinks of me as a true poet and is even jealous of my gifts...what can I say..I have been reminded many times in the past and also very recently that my English sounds little bit strange, 'foreign', individual...I am just a dreamer who likes to express herself in images and in writing (in any of three languages I speak and maybe I sound little bit different, but it is me...I have only one advice for you...do not let people take you from your path...follow your calling and be YOU:)


leann2800 5 years ago

Thisis very thought provoking. Thank you for shairng this. You can tella lot of hard work went into it. I look forward to reading more of your work.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

thanks my fellow hubber, a lot of hard work but hopefully for a good cause:)


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Senoritaa 5 years ago

The pain of women is pretty much the same everywhere. Maybe in certain places of the world it is more pronounced, such as in Afghanistan, but even in the most so called developed corners of the world, the pain exists in subtlety. Awesome heart wrenching hub!


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you 'Senoritaa' for stopping by and leaving your thoughtful comment...you are right and that is another reason why we have to write about it:)


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vasantha T k 5 years ago from Bangalore

Thank you so much for following me. The first stanza is itself is so lovely .I pray to almighty to give strength to all women who are suffering and going through pain somewhere, some corner of this world. You have so beautifully brought out the plight of women in poetic form."Every thing can be taken from a woman but not love - beautiful". Best wishes.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you dear 'vasantha' for paying me a visit and leaving this insightful comment...all the best from Beata


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Scribenet 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Awesome poetry and inspiring, poignant sentiments! You have said it all...


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thanks for your beautiful comment my fellow hubber and good luck with hubbing:)


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SweetMocha-Monroe 5 years ago

VERY STRONG and beautifully written. WOW!


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, my fellow hubber, happy you liked it:)


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kaitlincolee 5 years ago

Dear Beata, this is a moving hub that inspires all women. Wonderfully written and thought-provoking. I look forward to learning more from you!


Duchess OBlunt 5 years ago

This is very well done. Glad I popped over to take a look at your work!


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you dear Kaitlin and Duchess for your encouraging comment, this is the only way I am able to write and express myself...it is great to know that it is useful for someone:)...looking forward to hear from you again:)


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Laura in Denver 4 years ago from Aurora

Deep. The good and the bad of womanhood.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, dear Laura...'bitter and sweet woman is in each of us', sister:)


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ilymsvicky 4 years ago from Long Beach

These beautiful pieces moved me to tears. The plight of the woman has always been bittersweet, being thought of as weak enough to abuse and misuse yet strong enough to endure while not only giving life but nurturing it.


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jeyaramd 4 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

Your poem was so profound. It resonated with me long after I had read it. What it means to be a woman is different in many places of the world. And its different for many women. But, when you mentioned in your poem that there is one thing that is universal is that no one can take your love away from you. That was absolutely beautiful. Thank you for writing this poem. Thank your for sharing your poem. Thanks so much.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you my fellow hubbers for taking your time to indulge in my 'introspective piece' and for writing such insightful comments...this issue is close to my heart and by discussing it we make the first step to acknowledge that inequality and mistreatment of women still exist...thank you:)


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Rosie writes 4 years ago from Virginia

Very sad and beautiful. I could not stop reading your poem - very powerful.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, Rosie, happy you liked it:)


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dadibobs 4 years ago from Manchester, England

Truly amazing work,keep going!


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you for your encouragement, all the best:)


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you for your encouragement, all the best:)


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you for your encouragement, all the best:)


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India

I'm speechless! This is very profound writing... As I read this, I was reminded of the beautiful yet haunting (much like your writing) Afghani woman on the cover of national geographic magazine. I look forward to reading more of your writing...


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you 'sweetzara', happy you have found my writing inspiring:)


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MissDoolittle 4 years ago from Sussex, UK

I love this, it's so inspirational!


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, my dear fellow hubber for stopping by so soon and looking forward to hear from you again:)


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Xenonlit 4 years ago

This powerful work of truth and art should be read by every woman in the world. I wish for those oppressed women to take heart and to stand up for themselves.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Your wish is my wish too....


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sen.sush23 4 years ago from Kolkata, India

This is an awesome Hub. I am feeling so happy to have found you and I am going to share this with my friends. Voted up. Awesome.


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angie ashbourne 4 years ago

Hi! Beata Stasak This is an awesome Hub. Angie


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annart 4 years ago from SW England

Powerful hub, for both stories. Great writing. Voted up


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you my dear fellow hubbers for your kind and uplifting comments and all the best with your hubbing....thank you also so much for your votes and for sharing my hub with others....there is nothing what would make me more happy:)


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savvydating 4 years ago

Thank you for a gorgeous piece. A revolution is needed to recapture the feminine soul. It is one of my goals to have womankind elevated, even if just one individual at a time.

I voted "beautiful."


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you my fellow hubber, happy that my poem made you proud to be a woman and you are on your way to help others to feel that way as well...one at a time is a great goal and achievable:)


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Dee42 4 years ago from Beautiful Arkansas

Wow, what a powerful hub. I could not stop reading, such awesome writing. Voted up for ya.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Happy you liked it, my dear 'Dee' and thank you very much for voting for me:)....all the best with your hubbing and looking forward to hear from you again:)


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dipsmi 4 years ago from Plymouth, Minnisota

the title caught my attention and the hub is simply amazing! voted up! keep up the good work :)


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, dipsmi, happy you liked it, hope you stop by at my hubs again:)


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Matthew Weese 4 years ago from Auburn

You are a truly amazing writer.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, Matthew for your kind comment, I am not, I am just true to myself and to my writing:)

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