March, 8th

I hate that we need an International Women Day. Like a minority. A disease. An endangered species. A crime against humanity.

But as long as a less women than men will be engineers, politicians, astronauts, scientists, we will be a minority.

As long as our pain won’t be acknowledge, our body less well known, our illnesses not taken seriously, we will be a disease.

As long as girls will keep disappearing and women assassinated in their home, we will be an endangered species.

As long as little girls will be married, rape victims ignored or threatened, women’s right denied, it is a crime against humanity.

So don’t buy women flowers today, or give them a free coffee at the train station. Give them equal salary.

Don’t assume they are being angry because of their hormones. Listen.

Don’t tell your daughters it’s normal they are not good at math. It is not true.

Don’t tell them stories about princesses waiting to be delivered by a prince. Tell them stories of Marie Curie, Mae Jemison, Nazik Al Abid, Hedy Lamarr, etc…

Never make them feel that there are things their brothers can do and they can’t. Buy them legos, and dolls for your boys.

Teach them how to cook. But also how to fix a car.

Don’t tell them they are pretty. Ask them their political opinion.

Don’t tell them to smile. Tell them to speak up.

So that one day, we won’t need an International Women Day anymore.

And to all the strong women who show us the way, and all the strong men who give us respect and love: thank you.

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