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“For all those who fight for kindness, and for humanity, for a stand against cruelty to women and a stand against cruelty to animals. For the pure and simple compassion real human beings feel for others. I am just wishing you strength, because right now in our world it has never been more important and more vital that we stand side by side and speak up for the rights we enjoy here. It will take a strong light to reach into the dark corners of this world, keep the flame alive, keep the light alive”.

I wrote that on my Facebook page, then added this piece.

My friend and I discussed the horrors of the world situation and especially the death of a young woman who had done nothing; well, she dared to take a drink of water before a man did. Some are killed or beaten if they are raped so as well as the first indignity they suffer even more horrors. We both find it hard to even comprehend. “What can we old ladies do?” we said. Then a light went on and I knew even if we could DO nothing, we could SAY plenty.

I am 75 and in most people’s opinion probably a bit of a show pony! I have no money but love clothes and make up and being alive, after all every day is a gift after 70! Yet beneath my shiny bright and rather frothy exterior, I care passionately about the plight of the women and children who are so badly used in the middle eastern countries. Not all I know, but some areas have a woeful record of atrocities. Women are below the level of beasts, and they treat animals poorly too.

Every day we should remember how lucky we are, every day we should look at the clear air and drink the clean water and revel in the green around us. Because somewhere there is a woman with a baby in a stone littered ruin trying to survive. Do we care? Yes we care.

Every day as we read newspapers with opinions reflecting what has happened we should remember that in some places one word out of place can mean death by stoning. Do we care? Yes we care.

The rules of life that keep civilised societies moving forward, and not sinking into a medieval pit are still alive and well, but we know the reality of the new rules some countries wish to establish, they involve chopping off body parts. As if life didn’t matter, or perhaps letting a small child be a walking bomb. Do we care? Yes we care.

It will never be the way of Australia to allow this, please make sure you are loud and clear about your views, never let them win, and take away the freedom and beauty of our wide brown land, Just speak up, write those letters, and show it matters even to us, the old ladies of the world. DO WE CARE? YES WE CARE.


What do you think about what Jacqui has said? Do you agree? What should we do?

Jacqui Lee

Jacqui Lee is 75 and now retired but the last ten years or so have been some of her busiest. She worked at a hospital, where she took several Certificated courses, she cleaned a school, helped to run two conventions, wrote short stories, started painting, and in fact is never bored even now, "I honestly feel we are lucky to still be upright and breathing, and my motto is, Remember yesterday, dream of tomorrow, but live today. I love fun, clothes, food and friends."

  1. Well said, Jacqui. Those who have the wherewithal to donate can and, if it’s in their hearts to do so, should. Those of us who do not – although I doubt any of us would be considered ‘poor’ in many other countries – should continue to bang our drums. I bang mine regularly on FB!
    Keep it up.

  2. Wonderful thoughts and yes we do care. The horrors befalling women and children in some countries is appalling and the ideas that girls shouldn’t be educated is a return to the past.

  3. We care! I am horrified at man’s inhumanity to man, and even more so, to women. We must never, never allow these dreadful laws and this abhorrent way of life to enter Australia. We must be very wary of allowing open house immigration from these countries who have so little feeling for their fellow man. Some come with ulterior motives. I will always speak out for women who are being so abused.

  4. There are all sorts of organisations that can help make a difference. Amnesty International Australia has practical suggestions about making a difference from your home. Important post , Jacqui.

  5. Yes we care! What also concerns me is what type of Australia our grandchildren and their children will be living in! We are such a blessed nation but we need to keep protecting our beliefs etc. for the future.

  6. Of course I care. I just feel so helpless with the enormity of the problem.
    Political correctness will allow all those problems to flourish right here in Australia.

  7. We should always care even if we can’t change it!

  8. Beautifully said Jacqui. Also love the fact that Rosie Batty is speaking up to the violence and abuse in Australiian homes. It is worse than they tell us. Xx

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    • The things you sent me and your remarks set me off to think this way Heather, we are the new fighters for women! LOL. But seriously we do need to stop what we can that harms women in our small way.

  9. Yes we care,we care not only about the atrocities that happen here in Aus but throughout the world. I care about the legacy we leave behind for our grandchildren and great grandchildren I have four. Yes I do speak out,and will also be sharing your letter on fb. Your letter so well written deserves to be shared

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