Global Women Recognition Movement (GWRM)

Recognition is not withholding good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do so…

Recognition: also includes respect, acceptance, acknowledgement, realization,  encouragement, to be appropriately noticed and identified, to-be-reckon with, to be cited where due, to be embraced, to be accurately paid what’s due; irrespective of gender, offered a fair chance/platforms, to be free and appropriately entitled, to be believed-in —- for capability, skill, know-how, talent, strength, intellect, wisdom, patience, stamina, charisma and longevity.

According to WEF_GenderGap_Report_2013; Countries and  companies can develop, attract and retain the best talent, both male and female. Whilst government have an important role to play in  creating the right policy framework for improving women’s access and opportunities, it is also an imperative of companies to create workplaces where the best talent can flourish. Civil society and media also have an important role to play in both empowering women and angaging men in the process.

The Global Gender Gap Index seeks to measure one important aspect of gender equality: the relative gaps between women and men, across a large set of countries and across four key areas: health, education, economics and politics.

Unsung heroines: 5 women denied scientific glory


It is also about the ability to recognize thee need and lack; —recognizing the fundamental human need, recognizing poverty, recognizing the thirst, recognizing the injustice —


The meaning of the word “Recognition”;

The enormous power of words lies in what the words MEAN to the person who utters them and to the person who hears them. Words trigger concepts, ideas, memories, situations, circumstances, actions, thoughts and feelings from one’s subconscious mind into corresponding emotional responses toward the subject at hand.

Defining “Recognition”; The term ‘recognition’ has several distinct meanings:

(a) an act of intellectual apprehension, such as when we ‘recognize’ we have made a mistake or we ‘recognize’ the influence of religion on national politics;

(b) a form of identification, such as when we ‘recognize’ a friend in the street; and

(c) the act of acknowledging or respecting another being, such as when we ‘recognize’ someone’s status, achievements or rights. (Our main focus when we speak off women recognition)

The philosophical and political notion of recognition predominantly refers to;

(d) and is often taken to mean that not only is recognition an important means of valuing or respecting another person, it is also fundamental to understanding ourselves.

rec·og·ni·tion   (rkg-nshnn.)

1. The act of recognizing or condition of being recognized.

2. An awareness that something perceived has been perceived before.

3. An acceptance as true or valid, as of a claim: recognition of their civil rights.

4. Attention or favorable notice: She received recognition for her many achievements.

5. Official acceptance of the national status of a new government by another nation.

6. Biology The ability of one molecule to attach itself to another molecule having a complementary shape, as in enzyme-substrate and antibody-antigen interactions.

Synonyms:  acceptance, acknowledging, admission, allowance, apperception, appreciation, apprehending, assimilation, avowal, awareness, cognizance, concession, confession, consciousness, detection, discovery, double take, high sign, identifying, memory, notice, noticing, perceiving, perception, realization, recall, recalling, recognizance, recollection, recurrence, remembering, remembrance, respect, salute, sensibility, tumble*, understanding, verifying.


Antonyms: misconception, ignorance, unfamiliarity, illiteracy, misunderstanding, rudeness, misapprehension, inexperience, forgetfulness, ignorance …but most significantly, the main opposite word to recognition is an act of withholding good when due.

imageThe Power Behind The Word “Recognition” : Acts of recognition infuse many aspects of our lives such as receiving a round of applause from a rapt audience, being spotted in a crowded street by a long-forgotten friend, having an application for a job rejected because of your criminal record, enjoying some words of praise by a respected aerospace professor, getting pulled over by the police because you are a black man driving an expensive car, and fighting to have your same-sex marriage officially sanctioned in order to enjoy the same benefits as heterosexual marriages. Evidently the various ways we are recognized (and recognize others) play an important role in shaping our quality of life. Recognition theorists go further than this, arguing that recognition can help form, or even determine, our sense of who we are and the value accorded to us as individuals.

Recognition, according to Taylor (1994), is an integral component of any satisfactory modern theory of justice as well as the means by which both historical and contemporary political struggles can be understood and justified. And according to Hegel, it is through the inter-subjective recognition of our freedom that right is actualized. Rights are not instrumental to freedom; rather they are the concrete expression of it. Without recognition we could not come to realize freedom, which in turn gives rise to right. The work of Hegel consciously echoes the Aristotelian conception of humans as essentially social beings. For Hegel, recognition is the mechanism by which our existence as social beings is generated. Therefore, our successful integration as ethical and political subjects within a particular community is dependent upon receiving (and conferring) appropriate forms of recognition.

imageRecognizing women also means accommodating and respecting differences because our identity is shaped precisely through our relations to others, our being recognized by them, and feelings of self-worth, self-respect and self-esteem are possible only if we are positively recognized for who we are. Hence recognition must always take place between equals, mediated through social institutions which can guarantee equality which thus produce the necessary mutual relations of recognition necessary for the attainment of freedom. As well, identity is ‘partly shaped by recognition or its absence’. Recognition platforms within a particular industry enhances skill, talent and the appreciation thereof, but significantly it also increases value of both the people and the products.

Then ‘Non-recognition can inflict harm, can be a form of oppression, imprisoning someone in a false, distorted, and reduced mode of being’. As a result recognition can be seen as an indispensable means for analyzing social movements such as the GWRM, assessing claims for justice, thinking through issues of equality and difference, understanding our concrete relations to others, and explicating the nature of personal identity.

Lack of Recognition of women in their contribution of good-works in this world robs the society as a whole of female role models. Besides that, it withholds from women proper acknowledgement for their contributions, resulting in a huge oversight. This eventually deprives especially the youth and other women of motivation and encouragement within the community. The damage of this doesn’t only affect women but instead it delays the entire nation which at the end delays global advancement and the benefits thereof.


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