The feminine factor in 2011
“The moving finger writes, and having writ,
moves on” - Omar Khayyam in Rubayyat.
Time and its sister History, are irrevocable. The world-renowned
Persian Poet Omar Khayyam captured the relentless irreversibility of
Time, in his perennially popular Poem Rubayyat (four-lined verses).
In hindsight, we can contemplate what Time in its unstoppable march
scrawled on the sands of history in the year 2011.
When we look back upon the past year, some intriguing characteristics
of that period of time, begin to emerge.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Ta Wakkol Karman
Aung San Suu Kyi
To begin with, it is the year, that brought the human population to
the seven billion level. Officially, the global population reached this
crucial number exactly on October 31, 2011. As demographers aver, modern
man Homo sapiens first appeared on Earth around 50,000 BC. From then on,
todate, an estimated 108 billion people have lived on Earth. The
implication of this finding is that about 6.5 percent of all humans ever
born are alive today.
About 50.4 percent of today’s world population are male. Although
there was a statistical male preponderance in the world population last
year, 2011 proved an era of outstanding females.
If you take a keen look at the prominent events of the year that has
just gone by, you will invariably note a whole series of impressive
female achievements, world-wide.
For the first time in the history of Nobel Prizes, last year, three
females were simultaneously awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The three
women who were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011, are Ellen
Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Ta Wakkol Karman.
According to the citation, these three women were jointly awarded the
Nobel Peace Prize, “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of
women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace–building
In Thailand a woman politician set up an impressive record. She is
Yingluck Shinawatra who at the election held on the July 3, 2011,
reached the historical status of being the first female Prime Minister
of Thailand.The 44-year-old-business Executive Yingluck Shinawatra is
the younger sister of Thaksin Shinawatra – the controversial ex-Prime
Minister of Thailand.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, the mother of a nine-year-old
son, is proud to be known as a devoted and dedicated house-wife. Her
party Phen Thai scored a victory countering the influence formidable
Democrats, arrayed against her. Although, her family has been totally
involved in politics, she did not have any personal political ambitions.
Since she practically grew up on the campaign trail”, statesmanship
virtually a built-in factor in her life.
After long years of struggles and turmoil, the first female Prime
Minister, might prove the healing influence. This is the view of many
The year 2011, brought startling news about an eminent woman
politician of Asia, who after several decades of restricted freedom
emerged into public domain. She is Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu
Kyi of Myanmar.
In 1990, her party – National League for Democracy won the elections.
But, the military regime of the day, placed her under house arrest.
After two decades, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been provided the lee-way to
contest the by elections.
Those who lamented her prolonged incarceration, heaved a sigh of
relief in 2011, as Aung San Suu Kyi, 66, plunged headlong into her
The world media were aglow in 2011, by a fairy-tale wedding of a
young bride, to Prince William Arthur Philip Louis, heir to the British
The young bride did not come from Royal ranks adding an aura of
legend to this Royal wedding. The bride Catherine Elizabeth Middleton,
charmed the world by her appealing humane ways.
Their April 29, 2011, wedding, is perhaps the world’s widest viewed
live event, to date.
It is said, that more than two billion people viewed this Royal
spectacle on TV or online.
This is over and above the massive crowds, that gathered to see the
event, in London.
While Kate transformed into the Duchess of Cambridge, she added a
memorable personality to the female events of 2011.
Among 2011 events, focusing on outstanding females, the world
experienced a tinge of sadness, at the passing of a female personality,
who had been widely dubbed as the most beautiful woman of her day. And,
this immortal star is Elizabeth Taylor who passed away at the ripe age
of 79, still echoing the uninhibited tributes paid to her compelling
beauty and charm.
Another outstanding female personality, who earned a globe-girdling
admiration in the year 2011, is US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Objective historians, and scholars and students of International
Diplomacy traced her progress, as she wrote a new chapter in the
practice of high-level diplomacy.
She brought about a synthesis between traditional diplomatic used
with sophisticated media technologies, to establish an innovated image
of US relations with the world.
A climatic stage in the Hillary Clinton progress was the first-ever
visit of a US Secretary of State to Myanmar in more than half a century.
It is the event, that opened the eyes of many observers about the
changing road-map of US diplomacy. Queen Elizabeth entered history in
2011, with the forthcoming celebration of her Diamond Jubilee, to mark
her 60th year on the British throne.
Viewed this way, 2011, has been an era of a series of impressive
events focusing on world’s outstanding women.