US 2020 ELECTION: A WIN FOR ONE IS A WIN FOR ALL
All over the world, hundreds of millions of people have been glued to their devices in the last few days watching in anticipation as the US election unfolded. This year’s race for the presidential seat is almost as iconic as the Obama race in 2008. Because the incumbent president, Donald Trump of the conservative Republican Party, ran for re-election amidst a poorly handled pandemic, contesting against Joe Biden of the Democratic Party whose running mate happen to be a black woman - Kamala Harris.
America, god’s own country has never had a woman in the capacity of head of state. And as iconic as Obama’s election was in the history of the United States, giving hope to people of colour and ethnic minority, Kamala Harris has brought in a ray of shine to the dream of young girls and women, not only in America but all over the world.
The Trump administration in the last 4 years has been rife with controversies and decisions that are distasteful and harmful with laws that threatened the fundamental human rights of minority groups, such as women, LGBTQIA+, Blacks and immigrants, affecting their health, economy and general wellbeing in a country that is “free”. As the counting of vote lingers many days after the election, the polls have been in favor of the Biden-Harris team, who promised to review many of these issues bothering on Abortion laws and rights of minority groups.
Kamala, a vibrant and inspiring woman of black and Asian decent remains a strong inspiration for the girl child all over the world, having broken through many doors as a first - She was the first female district attorney of San Francisco, the first female attorney general of California, the first Indian American in the US Senate, and the first Indian American candidate of a major party to run for vice-president. If the Trump administration concedes defeat soon, Kamala Harris would emerge as the first woman Vice president in the United States of America. There is a high chance that she will become the first female president in the near future.
For us at Asha, we embrace this as a long awaited win for women all over the world who have had to fight for the right to vote. And as America joins Germany and other progressive countries who have female democratic leaders, we take this message of hope to girls all over the world, especially those who have been born to underserved societies where their dreams are restricted, because they have been denied access to quality basic education, primary health care, and a right to their bodies. We ask them to hold their dreams dear to their hearts, to continue to aim for the ‘impossible” and use their voices for change in their communities.