“One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.”
Simone de Beauvoir presented a rather interesting existential premise when she said that women are not formed from a lab made from sugar, spice, and everything nice but is rather a product of her times, her circumstances, and the choices she makes under those circumstances.
Women have been immortalized in songs, her mind subject to poems puzzling at her mystery, her beauty visualized through indulgent portraits capturing her enigmatic smile, her form, her full breasts, her long shapely legs, her ability to give birth.
However, with all the romanticization, there is an ugly side to how society treats women. Sure, there are women elected to power (some of the most celebrated leaders now and are now fast becoming models of efficiency), women making inroads in industries formerly dominated by men, with careers in engineering, aeronautics and space, medicine.
But the sobering though remains. Women, too, have become victims of abuse – physical, social, psychological – oftentimes in the hands their intimate partner.
Incidence of violence against women has increased during the coronavirus outbreak, the United Nations has reported. In fact, the UN has called it a Shadow Pandemic, so-called because of the worsening number of cases of violence against women because of the pandemic (imagine being quarantined with your potential abuser).
The UN, to raise awareness about the Shadow Pandemic, has designated today 25 November 2020 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
Digital News Exchange has also chosen the day for the launch of DNX Lifestyle, an online magazines that showcases stories of culture, lifestyle, food, and travel along with our corporate and business partners.
The Digital News Exchange believes that the pandemic has vastly affected lives of people, putting economies at a standstill, changing – even claiming – countless lives and lifestyles, and forcing a new normal that could isolate individuals from the rest.
The commitment of DNX is to continue despite it all by launching our lifestyle magazine.
Part of that commitment is also giving digital space to remarkable women in different fields – media, business, advocacy, philanthropy, arts, culture.
We reserve this space for theme, a regular column called Faces of Women, launched simultaneously with the online magazine.
We give a salute to all the women – wives, mothers, clerks, presidents, teachers nurses, entrepreneurs, activists, philanthropists – who have survived and continued surviving despite it all.
This maiden episode is for them.