The women of my faith have been given the status of royalty. ‘Kaur’, meaning ‘princess’, is the second name adopted by every female Sikh. They are encouraged to use it proudly, whilst men are taught to treat them as the name dictates.
The women of my life are real princesses. They are the embodiment of virtue, integrity and true beauty. They have strength beyond measure and love beyond limits. They have endured more than I can say, yet their resolve remains firm each and every day.
My mother, grandmother, aunts, sisters and friends, are the light of my life. They have taught me the meaning of courage, perseverance and compassion through their kind words and brave actions.
However, the women of the world have suffered through oppression, and have been degraded. They have endured the pains of inequality and unfair treatment. They were subjected to abuse and their voices were silenced.
And yet, they fought. They demanded equal rights. They demanded an equal status for themselves, and they demanded to be recognised as the beautiful beings they are. They have progressed, inspired change, and continue to promote justice and love.
I am indebted to each and every woman that has challenged the world. Every woman that has lived and loved has coloured the world with compassion.
They continue to enlighten humankind.
They continue to inspire me.
Because of them, I am here, and I am me.
"Man is born from a woman; within woman, man is conceived; to a woman he is engaged and married.
Man is friends with woman; through woman, the future generations exist.
When the woman passes away, he seeks another woman; to a woman a man is bound.
So why call her bad?
From her, kings are born. From a woman, woman is born; without woman there would be no one at all"
Guru Nanak Dev Ji