The Politics Of Our Time
As I admitted on my Facebook page and personal profile, I did not exercise my franchise in the last federal elections. My adolescent years in Jamaica were very much focussed on women and voting, politics in general and international affairs. However, my life a few years ago was in somewhat of a topsy turvy and quite frankly, and ashamedly so, voting was the last thing on my agenda. Those who know me will tell you that regret is not a word that comes easily to my lips – it will not now. I do not regret my decision not to go to the polls in 2011 but it is something that, moving forward, will never happen again.
Women And Voting: Please Do!
While this blog will not engage in partisan politics of any nature, whether Canadian, US or any other country in our world, what is important to us is that women never forget that:
- It was a long fought battle for us to gain the right to vote
- Women in several countries around the world still cannot vote
- The female vote is extremely important – it can be the deciding factor in many political races around the world.
On this question of women and voting, particularly on the upcoming elections here in Canada, this is what I shared on my personal Facebook profile yesterday:
I told my team that I will not be at work on Monday and why. They all said, “Seriously Claudette?”
Yes, I am dead serious that I need the entire weekend and morning of Election Day (October 19) to decide who I am voting for. Having not watched television at all for two years, haven’t read a newspaper in 2+ years and having not voted in the last federal elections I need more time to decide.
My vote counts this time to me more than ever because of this child – #Kitten. I am voting for her and in her interest every time from now on. As:
1. Immigrants (13 years) and citizens now for almost 8 years
2. A thinking, independent and strong woman
3. A person of colour
4. As a non-religious individual
5. A soon to be senior citizen (15 more years)
I am voting to make sure that this next and all future governments ensure, protect and legislate with the best interests of women, children and seniors at heart. I’m voting for those who support equal rights for ALL and not pander to any one group.
I’m voting for good schools for children, social welfare programmes, good jobs for ALL, fair immigration practices – ones that encourage the continuing construction of the mosaic called Canada.
So, I will be studying every platform over the next few days until Monday, October 19 and then head to cast my vote around 3:00 p.m.
If more people would consider the children’s future we might, just might return to a Canada that we all recognise and are once again truly proud of!
Not Every Woman Can
Another reason I will not miss voting this time around is that many women around the world are dying for the opportunity to choose for themselves. Women in the United States won the right to vote 95 years ago. In Canada, women began voting in 1916, gaining full right to vote in 1919. [tweetthis]Read and retweet this blog to make sure all your girlfriends go out and vote![/tweetthis]
A quick scan of current news stories show that voting in their country’s elections is not a right all women have. Actually, there are still people, including women, who think we should not have the right to vote. And so, those of us who do – whatever your political view – exercise your franchise. Check out these links and make sure you head to the polls when that times comes:
- A Timeline of Women’s Right To Vote – Interactive
- 7 Ridiculous Restrictions on Women’s Rights Around The World
- In Which Countries Are Women Not Allowed To Vote?
Wherever in the world you are reading this, especially in Canada this week, please go out to vote if you have that right. If you are living in a country where that right is restricted or completely prohibited, do your part – quietly if necessary – to change the system for your daughters if not for yourself. I am not into political agitation but this is not – voting is a human right as much as any other in my book. Please share your thoughts on this or any other of our posts in the comments below. You can also take part in this poll and inspire other readers, women, to head to the polls in their local or national elections when that time comes.
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Be blessed, go vote and be a blessing.