This is awesome for many reasons. The first reason is that I like badass women. The second is that it reinforces the things I, and the other women volunteers, have been saying for the last two years. We keep saying that women can be strong, that women can do “men’s work” and that women can be their own boss. We keep saying that women are as smart and as capable as men. We keep saying that women can lead their own lives and control their own reproduction. Now, there are 16(ish) women in uniform running around Melsisi.
I hope the girls take note. I hope the women take note. I hope the boys and men take note. It is possible to be a woman and be strong and independent and still be part of a community.
On a more personal note, seeing the women made me miss my badass women friends and the men who support and join in the badassery. I miss being around women who don’t say “the man is the boss” and who aren’t afraid to speak their mind. I miss the sense of camaraderie of accomplishing something together. I miss having friends of both sexes and feeling like I am part of the group, not the outsider.
The French army has made me homesick. How odd.