Friday night: I have just arrived back from watching Suffragette at the fantastic Llanfyllin Community Cinema. I say I have arrived back but first I hadto make my way to the wetlands – my place of solitdue and thought – to sob my heart out.
That film recalled to me the immense bravery, tenacity and courage of the women of the suffrage movement and especially the suffragettes. It reminded me of the suffering women under went to gain basic human rights. The awful suffering.
And confronted with that, who am I to complain about the slings and arrows that might come my way for campainging for quality, humane maternity care? How can I justify hanging back when I know it is time to step up to the challenge. When the lives of women and babies, families and communities depend on it.
I have indeed struggled for the last 2 years with a kind of slow burn exhaustion, I am indeed overworked and have a family to care for. But so did these women and that is when it takes real courage and fortitude.
So again and now I step up to the challenge, I carve out the time, I pick up my pen and my laptop and I do my bit. Thankyou film makers for recalling me to myself, thankyou to all those who are working for change and are so supportive, thankyou brave and courageous women who showed us the way: yours are the shoulders we stand on.