I’ve been back from Cambodia since the second week of March, but work and life, in general, as kept me away. Despite the busy schedule, I’ve kept up with news and happenings of the blogosphere. With much disgust, I’ve been closely following the developments that were unfolding in the AWARE saga thus far. I’ve read numerous articles on traditional media, dailies, blog posts and tweets.

As a woman, here’s how I feel about this:

Amazed, Disgust, Consoled

I’m thoroughly amazed – amazed at the level of deceit that has played out in this entire saga, right from the planned and callously calculated takeover, amazed at the type of comments the new exco seemed to have expressed during their hastily called-for press conference and amazed that these people are actually respected and successful professionals in their respective fields.

Next came disgust. I’m disgusted at how some people can proclaim God’s name to deploy such questionable tactics. Although I’m no formal Christian, but I have an enormous amount of respect and belief for the religion, being educated in mainly missionary schools throughout my schooling years. And I still do maintain my stand on this. The AWARE saga is not about religion, it’s about some selected group of people exercising their perceived sense of “self righteousness” to discriminate against a certain group of minorities. This is about discrimination.

Amidst all the bullshit, I’ve found solace in one thing – that I’ve seen many speak up, voicing their thoughts, their views, their opinions with regards to this issue. Of course, to be honest, most of what I’ve seen go in favor of the old guards, of which I heartily agree (if it’s already not obvious to you now). I do, however, feel a tinge of regret: Why does it take such an incident to wake us up from our apathy?

Don’t take it from us. Go, look at the information, look at what both parties (new exco and old guards) are saying, and make an informed decision about who you think best personifies what AWARE should stand for.

Remember, AWARE was formed to protect women’s rights and equality. Save it, protect it, preserve it. For more information, please read:

You can make a difference.

Make your choice at the EOGM on 2 May 2009. Refer to the above website for further details.


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