Are You A Responsible Woman?

People tend to forget their duties but remember their rights.

Indira Gandhi

During August we celebrate the power of women, their achievements and their rights.

That is great. Women have played a significant role in history and continue to shape our current world. It is a sad state of affairs that, in spite of what women contribute to the world, their rights are often compromised.

With rights comes responsibilities though and sometimes it is our failure to take responsible action, which makes what we rightfully deserve less likely.

Yes, the right to be respected, to be safe and to have access to proper health care is non negotiable but there is much we as women can do to ensure that others treat us with respect, that we are safe and that we remain as healthy as possible.

Respect yourself enough to set clear boundaries about what is acceptable and what is totally out for you and take steps to make your boundaries known in a respectful way.

Whether you become another statistic in a crime ridden society depends to a large degree on the preventative measures you are prepared to take to ensure your own safety.

Remember that criminals prefer easy targets. Be aware of your surroundings.

The staggering number of women requiring urgent and chronic treatment for diseases caused by lifestyle factors would drop dramatically if more would realise that the degree of wellness they want depends on the quality of their daily choices.

So ladies, together with our rights, lets take responsible action to ensure that we are treated with respect, that we and our children are safe and that we remain as healthy as possible for as long as we possibly can.

Emotional health is one of the areas of responsibility that is often overlooked. Don't miss our Health Forum Talk on the 30th of August when a clinical psychologist will talk about the wisdom of asking for help when needed. SEE EVENTS

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