Poetry celebrating Women

We have been lucky to receive some lovely poetry about some of the work we have been doing and supporting this year so far. 

The poems have both been written by Kathryn Julie Baydon, who has kindly given us permission to share them with you. We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we did!

On International Women’s Day

Leeds were ready to make a stand,

With Judith Blake our leader,

Considering how best to reach out our hand.

Supporting Leeds women in all their diversity,

Be they young or old,

Addressing vulnerability

Whilst being strategic and quite bold!

Some actions are symbolic,

Some actions may be small,

But with a drip, drip, drip of action

It slowly turns into a Niagara Falls.

Our goal is quite ambitious

A women friendly stage,

The first one in the country

Getting Leeds on the front page.

Progressing the rights of women –

With quality services for women and girls,

Empowering their lives in this city,

Using these powerful wisdom pearls.

Increasing gender equality,

Involving women in decision making power,

Which will deliver real dividends,

As true equality will flower.

While we are looking back in history

Drawing learning for the here and now,

So every man, woman and child in the city,

Can look forward saying, “Wow!”

Kathryn Julie Badon – 8th March 2018 – International Women’s Day

 

On this representation of the people Day,

The sixth of February nineteen eighteen,

We look at the power of women

And think just what did it mean?

Well they worked together collegiately

They mobilised the troops,

Working tirelessly and relentlessly

Gathering in clandestine groups.

Making sure the cause was vocalised,

Letting the political world just know,

That without representation from women

The world could not properly grow.

They needed strong resilience,

As great trauma they did bear,

With tubes shoved in their mouth or arse

Something they found difficult to share.

What does this mean for women for peace?

I think the struggle still ploughs on,

Whilst the political world had shifted

Abuse of power has not gone.

Domestic abuse still with us,

Some pay their rent by acts of sex,

Women still bear the children,

How we treat those vulnerable often makes me vexed!

How can we improve things?

Well by open, strong debate,

It is not that there is conflict

It is allowing it to fester into hate.

If sticking to your guns is tricky,

Can there be compromise?

Consider the balance of power,

Recognising some people take you by surprise!

Bottom line, power brings responsibility,

accountability and a need to care,

We often don’t see things as they are –

but what’s going on for you that comes to bear.

And whilst words can have incredible power,

It is also the actions you take,

So all power to women for peace,

As I know a better world we can make,

By focusing on the connections

That being together the human race,

By truly exploring the differences

Maybe we can put a smile on everyone’s face.

No longer thinking “us and them”,

Just a common human cause,

At the end of the day we leave life with naught –

So let us influence the laws.

Kathryn Julie Badon – 9th February 2018 – Centenary of Royal Assent of some Women’s Right to Vote