Today is your day, ladies! Yes, 25th August is Malaysia’s National Women’s Day and if you’re feeling a little under the weather today, then here’s a little something to remind you why you are special.
It wasn’t too long ago that YB Dato Sri Rohani Abdul Karim, the Minister of Women, Family and Community Development in Malaysia paid us a visit at our office. The first thing we were dying inside to ask her was what does being a woman mean to her? And to that, she cheerfully replied “it’s about juggling the role of being a daughter, mother and wife who is loving, caring, responsible, educated and matured.” It was her reply that got us thinking of the many roles we juggle as a woman in life.
With that, we decided to step out and ask the women of Malaysia why they are proud to be a lady. Here are some of the answers we got:
- “If I’m to be reborn, I want to come back as a woman again. We are compassionate human beings and I’m proud to be able to reveal that side of me.” – Sally Lim
- “We can give birth and there is nothing more beautiful than being able to bring a child into this world” – Bianca Lopez
- “Oh yes, I’m proud to be a woman because we can multitask very very well! Look at all those successful young entrepreneurs out there. All we need is to be given a chance and I’m so glad more and more ladies are stepping forward to make a difference in society.” – Shazreena Ahmad
- “The one thing I’m so proud of being born as a woman is the fact that we women support one another. Even back then, we always supported each other in whatever we did and that’s something we should all be proud of.” – Shalini Ramalingam
- “So proud to be a woman simply because success to many of us isn’t just measured in terms of career to us. We consider ourselves head of the family in today’s world and our ability to just raise a family makes us by default successful women already.” – Nurul Rahim
- “I consider women as a pillar of hope, we can be mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, all at once, and still be independent and do whatever we want to do. No matter what people might say, we are powerful, and we can change the world if we want to.” – Nadia Mutalip
- “Because everything a man can do, we can do double times better.” – Nur Atiqah
- “People telling me what to wear. What not to wear. How to walk. How to speak. Where to go. Everyone seems to think that they have so much say over our lives, at the end of the day being a woman really means that you have the strength to do whatever you want to do while not giving two hoots what society or anyone else thinks. So, yes I’m proud to be a woman because I went through hell and back to become her.” – Saarah Jasmine
- “I love being a woman because we can be feminine yet strong, emotional yet keep composure, create, nurture and give life to another human being.” – Hanie Hidayah
- “A feminist is what I am totally. I believe in equality in everything. After all there are more of us in this world and just because we are built a little weaker physically does not mean we can be cheated and trampled on by the other sex.” – Maimun Hassan
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