THE HEROINES OF THE 21ST CENTURY

“The 21st century will not be the century of major economic powers but the century of women. If we can do that, then we will be leaving a much better world to our children.”
Heard during Women‘s Forum Global Meeting in Deauville, France

A few weeks ago the largest international march for women’s rights took place. It had all started with a little Facebook event in the days after the US election. Over half a million people filled the streets of the U.S. capital, while hundreds of thousands marched in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and many other cities. Around five million worldwide marched, including in Bulgaria.

This is a reflection of the new civic understanding of the times in which we exist.

Shortly before these events I was the only journalist from Bulgaria sent to the picturesque town of Deauville on the coast of France for the 12th edition of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society Global Meeting. After an inspiring first day of lectures and meetings, during dinner at the table next to me was a lady from Australia who lives in London. She expressed her concern that her new neighbors do not send their daughter to school, although it’s obvious the child is old enough. Only her three brothers go. They have new clothes and fashionable sneakers, while the little girls practically never left the home. Should my dinner companion alert the authorities or should she stay quiet – the Australian lady was worried she might be considered a racist – because her neighbors were Muslim. I gave her my business card and asked her to keep me informed about how the tale unravels of this young Muslim girl in the center of London.

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