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Yesterday Pakistan, today Kenya, tomorrow Iran, next week..........? Wherever women emerge as potential political leaders in countries where roles may still be largely prescribed by men one witnesses levels of persistence, fortitude and courage that are inspiring. It doesn't mean neccessarily that these women are the best politicians or the best able to run a country - how after centuries of being held in place do you learn the knowledge and skills overnight - but for the strength of leadership and determination to effect change and learn what is neccessary they cannot be beaten. I know women in India who have been beaten, raped and had their houses burnt down around them for taking a leadership stance but I also know others who have led with the respect and protection of the men and other women around them after some struggle - I have known more courage than I've met in any man in these circumstances - peaceful non-violent resistance and determination.

This little girl symbolises this for me today - taking her time and space to be someone in the world - to carve out her own space against the predominance of the male politic.

What was yesterday a tragedy for Pakistan is another tragedy for democracy, women and all of us in this world at some level........but beyond the tragic there is still determination and the education of men in one way and women in another to look forward to.

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