International Women’s day
I am mindful that today is a celebration and that women’s lives have improved enormously in many ways, especially in the West. However women still make up 70 per cent of the world’s poorest people and two-thirds of those cannot read and write. And there is a danger that some of the rights that have been won are slipping away.
Reds seeds print: Here lies Sleeping beauty cloaked as Mary Magdalene….the rose, the chalice and the womb. Both women being expressions of the feminine/divine feminine, asleep, patient and waiting for the time of full re awakening.
The Rose line is in Paris and was once the worlds zero meridian until 1884 when it was placed at Greenwich,UK. A brass strip marks the Rose line in the church of St. Sulpice . The line was made famous in Dan Brown’s novel ‘The Da Vinci Code’. Brown placed the Paris Meridian in alignment with the metaphoric bloodline of Jesus and Mary Magdalene a line which also connected with the mysterious Roslyn Chapel in Edinburgh.
The story of Sleeping beauty might be seen as a story of a passive unconscious woman awaiting her prince to come and awaken her , so they could live happy ever after. In the older versions of the tale she conceived and gave birth to twins whilst she was still asleep, and it was the twins who awoke her. So is this story to be interpreted as one of patriarchal dis-empowerment and a collusion of the repressed Feminine ? Or perhaps seen from an alchemical stance a tale of ‘the sacred marriage’ – Herios Gamos. A tale of union and the re balancing of male and female energies within our own Soul and within our global community. Without the raising of feminine influence our world remains unbalanced, asleep and unconscious.
Violence against women and girls
Violence against women and girls is a global issue with 1 in 3 women across the world experiencing violence. (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, 2013)
Statistics show that the abuser is usually someone the woman knows: 38% of all murdered women are killed by their partner. (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, 2013)
Of all women killed globally ,it is estimated that almost half were killed by a partner or relative compared to less than 6% of men (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 2014)
Over 700 million women alive today were married when they were under 18, and of those some 250 million were married before they were 15. (UNICEF, 2014)
Around 1 in 10 (120 million) girls worldwide have experienced sexual violence at some point in their lives. (UNICEF, 2014)
An estimated 133 million girls and women have experienced some form of female genital mutilation in Africa and the Middle East, where the practice is most common. (UNICEF, 2014)
A European Union survey showed that 34% of women with a health problem or disability had experienced violence by a partner in their lifetime, compared to 19% per cent of women without a health problem or disability. (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, 2014)