Friday, 30 December 2011
Women of the Year
Looks like it is women who have been the ones taking the lead doing the most courageous, the most daring and the most difficult things for humanity this year
- Mona Seif, for her strident resistance to the Mubarak regime in Egypt
- Pauline Pearce, for telling rioters to go an do something useful and stop rioting
have been two which some journalists have decided to give special mentions to. However I would like to mention some others who I believe deserve as much, if not greater, recognition for their struggles and courage this year.
- Aun Sung Suu Kyi for her continuing struggle and sacrifice,
- Dorli Rainey, the brave octogenarian who was pepper-sprayed by police during an #occupy demo in America, and still came up saying more coherent things than any politician,
- Vandana Shiva for her tireless campaign against economic imperialism by billion-dollar mutinationals in India,
- Professor Diane Ravitch, for her well-supported and reasoned campaign against schools privatisation and "reform" in the US, which has helped inspire resistance to Gove's delierate wrecking of the education system here,
- "Livvy" the brave transgirl who had the courage to face down adults who verbally assaulted her for having the temerity to be herself,
- Hege Dalen and Toril Hansen, the lesbian couple in Norway who risked their lives to save the young people targetted by fascist Breivik
- all women protesters this year, who have braved deliberately targetted police brutality in a systematic attempt to intimidating them and others not to protest.
STOP PRESS: I forgot to include Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkol Karman who both won the Nobel Peace Prize this year for their work in promoting women's rights in extremely difficult circumstances.
Brave and inspirational women. The nominations for the men of the year, which have hit rock bottom with the inclusion of David Cameron, seem utterly pathetic in contrast.