…I am suddenly rethinking my citizenship.
You may wonder why. After all, this is a country that I have been dreaming of being a part of since I was about 12 years old and learnt of its existence. It was a dream come true when I made it to Australian shores in 2005 as a 21 year old student. My joy knew no bounds when I finally became a permanent resident in 2008. And then, officially, in 2010, I revoked my Indian citizenship and pledged an oath to Australia. A country I love.
Sadly, today, I worry for the future of my country.
If it wasn’t bad enough to have Tony Abbott as our Prime Minister, I found out today that he has chosen to be the minister for women.
I would have laughed. But it’s not funny.
It is bloody scary.
It’s scary to think that a man with extremely regressive views on women and issues concerning us is supposed to be our minister. This is the same man who once said a woman’s virginity should be a gift for her husband. This is the same man who thinks abortion is the easy way out for women. He also does not believe in the cervical cancer vaccine for women. Oh, and he is also the same man who blatantly does not believe in the equality of the genders and that women are better off ironing clothes.
The minister for women, by the way, only has one woman in his cabinet of men. And no minister for science.
It is obvious that Abbott has no intention of advocating for women. Rather, it appears to be more of a control strategy. To have the final say in matters concerning women. And who knows? Maybe forcing us into more women-centric jobs and keeping house.
He reminds me of an abusive husband.
I fear for the women of my country.
I fear for our future.
It’s going to be a long and painful 3 years.
Until next time,