Smug and Secure in My Bedroom

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Dear Michelle,

I understand that you feel quite safe and secure in your own bedroom, safe from ISIS and ISIL and accelerating global climate change health hazards. I know that you must be working very hard to ensure that every woman in the world feels the same. Like the young Albertan woman in Syria trying to bring her family home from the warzone so close to ISIS fanatics. Like the hundreds of thousands of women and children whose safety is compromised daily by war, rape, slavery, inadequate nutrition, and accelerating climate change impacts.

I know you must be endlessly petionning your leader to ensure that your safety is duplicated the world over for the women and children of every race and religion. That is why you can pose so comfortably smug in your bedroom, safe in the knowledge that you work ceaselessly for the policies that will make the world a safer place for all women and children.

I know that beside you on your pillow is the latest copy of the World Health Organization assessment that outlines the health impacts of accelerating climate change. You no doubt highlighted the passage that shows the increase in climate change related deaths between 2030 and 2050 – the one that shows that 38,000 of the most vulnerable will die of heat exposure, 48,000  due to diarrhoea, 60,000 to malaria, and 95,000 due to childhood undernutrition.

This bleak future will fall mainly on the women and children of developing countries, but no doubt by then your selfless endeavours to bring peace and security to the world will have all of them tweeting about how safe they feel in the comfort of their own bedrooms.

Congratulations, Michelle. You are a shining beacon of hope to women everywhere.


Skid Crease, Caledon

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