What would you do if women ruled the world? It might be a scary thought for some but for one noble man it must become a reality to “save” our world. Desmond Tutu made that declaration in front of the world’s most powerful financial leaders. Every year The World Economic Forum meets featuring speakers like Tutu, Ban Ki-moon, Christine Lagarde, Angela Merkel, and many others. The five-day event ends today in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. According to their website: “The World Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.”
However, it was Desmond Tutu and his remarks that made headlines. According to the STRAITS TIMES: “Desmond Tutu said on Wednesday it was now time for women to have their revolution and banish men to the margins. Speaking at a gathering of the world’s political and financial elite in Davos, the vast majority of them men, Mr. Tutu said women had long been locked out of policy-making – and the world had paid the price.”
Tutu wants the women of the world to start their own revolution and I say let’s do it! The United States ranks a pathetic 71st in the world for female representation in government. As a result, America ranks 35 places below Iraq. I know we can do better than that!
Desmond Tutu believes he would have never gained freedom in South Africa without women. Tutu: “A mother catches a knife on the sharp side…and a mother can shave the eye off a fly.” He believes strong “machoness” in the world leader’s decision-making process needs balance.
A South African activist and retired Anglican bishop, Tutu gained international fame for his fight against apartheid. He has fought for human rights and the eradication of AIDS. Tutu has championed against racism, homophobia, poverty, climate change, and many other notable causes. In 1984, Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize. Born in 1931, the eighty-one year old doesn’t seem like he’s slowing down.
“My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.” Desmond Tutu