There has been a resurgence of women’s agency and the value of women individually and as part of society. We have been watching as this unfolds, unfurls and sometimes becomes undone. We have been watching it in the media, around the world in different countries and in our own lives, with our women friends, women in our family and women around us in the community. We have been watching it unravel with in us, too. It can feel uncomfortable, empowering, inspiring dangerous.. Women have been silent in so many many ways for so many centuries. In fact, Dr Amanda Furman who wrote and presented a groundbreaking 4-part series on the history of women called - The Ascent of Woman delves deeply into the place of women in society over the course of written history. She argues that the status of women is a barometer of a society’s tolerance, fairness and openness and that for the most part over the past 10,000 years women have been oppressed, denied basic freedoms and considered a means to an end - though not always. There have been times where women have had equal rights, ruled and been revered for their contributions.
In this episode we are talking about Women and the value of sitting together in Circle.
We have been watching as the modern movement of Feminism evolves and matures to become one that recognises women for their own capacities, rather than merely hoping for women to receive the same ‘deal’ that men have.
Sitting in Circle with other women supports us to recognise where we are at, where we have been and where we are headed. It affords us the much needed support and empowerment and sustains us along the journey. It helps set us free from self judgement and fosters in us, compassion for others. For many women the practice of gathering has stayed alive and strong throughout history, and for some, it is a new concept, one they are rediscovering.
Join us is celebrating this beautiful tradition!
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Circles and Stones
Look up 'Circle of Stones' on your preferred search engine and you will find numerous images dating back thousands of years all the through till today. From large 2ton stones gathered into a circle at a time when humans had no mechanical machines, to small pebbles collected at the beach or a stream and sacredly placed at an alter. Stones have been used since the dawn of human time to depict clarity, grounded truth, a holding space. Intentionally placing stones in the shape of a circle allows whatever is intended in the space to flow around, to move, to actualise.
For more insight into women's circle, Judith Duerk's book Circle of Stones is a wonderful place to start.
The Ascent of Woman
Dr Amanda Foreman's critically acclaimed 4-part series delving into the history of women over the past 10,000 years (trailer to the left) originally created for BBC 2, is available on Netflix. The series looks at the amazing history of women and their plight for equal rights, access to power, freedom of movement & the right to self-determination.
The modern world was made by men, and, women. It is now time to recognise the value of women's contribution and the imapct they have.
Producer & Host: Annalee Atia
Interviewee: Vanessa Wood
Music bite on this podcast: Habanot Nechama / Lovers
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