By admin | February 11, 2011
For many years it has been my privilege to visit Italy and work with Italian women. And I can say with complete honesty you are magnificent.
However, to see the way some of the women of Italy have allowed themselves to be treated these past few years breaks my heart. Beautiful women belittling themselves, becoming concubine to powerful, rich men who only defile and disgrace women.
It is also frightening to watch the effect this has had on Italian women’s rights. Rights that other women fought so hard for over this century. It degrades those women in every country worldwide who fought so hard for freedom. England’s Emily Parkhurst, America’s Rosa Parks, Guatemala’s Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Iran’s Shirin Ebadi and Burma’s Aung Sang Suu Kyi, not to mention one of the greatest freedom fighters, Gloria Steinhem.
When Laura Kiss, an Italian woman I love like a daughter, told me about your rally today, I was upset because I could not be with you. So I send this message from my heart.
Thank you. You are taking to the streets. You must protest until the men of Italy learn:
1. You are not a sex object.
2. You are as intelligent as any man.
3. You will be treated with the dignity you deserve.
And remember, my beloved sisters, whether one calls the creator God, Allah, Mohammed, Buddha or the Great White Chief, you were chosen to be the givers of life. You must be very special to have been given the job of creation. So protect those beautiful wombs because it really is a privilege to be called mother.
When a woman allows herself to be degraded or does not stand for equal rights or fight for justice, she degrades her mother.
I send you my full support and, with my hand over my heart, I stand with you.
Love & Peace,