Time for women to rise up, urges Tutu

2012-01-25 22:39

Davos - After the uprisings in the Arab world, Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu said on Wednesday it was now time for women to have their revolution and banish men to the margins.

Speaking at a gathering of the world's political and financial elite in Davos, the vast majority of them men, Tutu said women had long been locked out of policy-making - and the world had paid the price.

"Let us re-align forces, let us ensure that women have a significant part in the decision-making process... we have been excluding women," said the former archbishop of Cape Town.

Telling the event's compere Klaus Schwab that he might need a security escort from the podium, Tutu said he was about to upset much of his audience.

"What we need is a revolution led by women. I think women ought to be saying to us men: 'You have made a mess, just get out and let us in'," he added.

Tutu was speaking shortly after the world's most powerful woman, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, delivered a keynote address in Davos.

She in turn had been preceded by Swiss President Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf.

  • Cracker - 2012-01-25 23:21

    The Arch is so correct. The women should perhaps also consider some form of REALLY HARSH retributions against the clerics who are responsible for their (the women's) misery. It should ensure that they NEVER again be allowed to preach their silly religions to the public. But Desmond, the very same bible that you ascribe to makes it almost a command that male will rule and do with female as per mood. True. It is there for anyone who doubts it to read it for themselves. Even in the New Testament you will find it. It is there.

      Cracker - 2012-01-25 23:45

      Genesis 3:16: To the woman he (god speaking) said, "I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he WILL RULE OVER YOU." I read it to mean rule FOREVER. I know for a fact many bible adherents understand the same about the prescription/observation by whoever.

      Juan - 2012-01-26 03:33

      Yes and God made the world in only six days. Equally true. NOT, both garbage

      Smell - 2012-01-26 06:00

      Many of us Christians read the Bible in a contextual and a metaphorical way, especially the Old Testament (and the Genesis part is really ancient). So your quotes here are neither here nor there - who REALLY knows hey? Many of us Christians have important jobs like leader figures in many Western countries, including Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth the II. Many of us are very smart and well educated, including intimately familiar with the classic texts in Western and Eastern philosophy. And many of us are really well off. Be proud atheists or agnostics if you wish, but be careful of transcendence into self-important twats.

      inwardk - 2012-01-26 06:37

      The Bible was written by men.

      Dirk - 2012-01-26 06:48

      Weskoppies is still on holiday, and as always, they do experience problems to gather all the inmates after a long break.

      Matthew Patrick - 2012-01-26 07:43

      I think even the Arch realises that certain principles in the Bible, like men being head of the household & women obeying their husbands etc., are outdated and couldn't continue much further than the time when most of the Gospels were written, around 3 to 4 hundred AD.

      Cracker - 2012-01-26 09:29

      @ Smell What is the contextual and metaphorical reading or sense of the verse I quoted? Facts are facts. You may think it is self-important twat, but it is not.

      heather.moller1 - 2012-01-26 09:59

      Cracker, it is exactly by these remarks made by you, that woman should take their rightful place in world politics end become major decision makers. YOU should read your bible. The man must EARN the right to be "the head of the house", it is not a birth right or that by accident you were born a male. Get to know God and you will understand His word and not interpret it to suite your stupid ideology. Take one for the TEAM, admit that MEN messed up. The modern MAN is a spineless jellyfish and should sail on his belly. Woman are the backbone in the majority of homes and most of the time a single parent because the MAN cannot "deal" with his responsibilities. Oh, you bore the crap out of me, don't have the inclination to get into an argument with you, which you WILL loose, have my OWN business to manage.

      Godfrey - 2012-01-26 10:34

      @Cracker Good on you mate. You have the god bothers squirming. I like the "these bits of the bible are outdated but these are still relevant" arguments just so pathetic. Either the bible is the true word of the invisible magic man or it is just a heap on ignorant bronze age myths.

      Burtfred - 2012-01-26 18:30

      Hey Warren "misandry" Manicom You really don't like girls much, do you? What happened in you past to make you into such a misogynist? Something really messed you up - you're also an AB supporter.

      Warren Eric - 2013-04-14 22:19

      I feel that is not a fair statement and that I have been misinterpreted (I apologize for any offence) The crux of what I have been saying is that both sexes are not immune to corruption, and I dont see how defending men against what I see as unfair statements as being somehow misogynistic, basically both men and women need to contribute to running the world as they both offer unique characteristics and can complement one another. As far as NZ is concerned lets be honest they are an exciting team to watch.

  • Doublepost - 2012-01-26 00:02

    Our father in heaven, please take this nutjob back to your keeping and allow us to be left alone in peace. If he has been found with his fingers in the cookie jar, worshiping mammon, a one way ticket downstairs is all we ask for him. Amen!

  • Mandu Ngcobo - 2012-01-26 02:11

    must be the meds talking...

  • Mandu Ngcobo - 2012-01-26 02:11

    must be the meds talking...

  • Smell - 2012-01-26 03:36

    Archbishop Tutu is right in the sense he intended. Remember the uprising was in the Arab world where women still generally have a very subservient role. Democracy does not necessarily translate into equal rights for women, and a second revolution thus still have to follow.

      J.p. - 2012-01-26 06:31

      The dangers of ruling with your hormones and not your head are numerous.

  • Pierre - 2012-01-26 06:49

    The Arch is a bit out of touch. Women has already taken over, there is nothing more to give? Women have anyway done what they wanted eversince, well "Adam".

      Godfrey - 2012-01-26 10:36

      @Pierre Tasty!

  • Wally - 2012-01-26 06:55

    I know what the Arch is referring to, but my question is, when we look at SA where women are pushed into leadership positions, it is in most cases forgotten that NOT APARTHEID, but a CULTURE that still exists today have taught women that they are not even to speak to men about authority or discipline; where young men decide the outcome for a tribe and the women, even if wiser or older are to remain quiet; where what ever the man does is to be ignored as if it never happened, e.g. adultery, so as to prevent conflict. That woman ends up in a senior position and cannot enforce discipline as the subordinate men will not subject to her authority. The men in power laugh as they are still in control through the masses while theu window dress and all seems to be on track. Is it really, or are women exploited for others to reach their goal which is a hidden agenda to most. You need a mindset to change to implement such novel philosophies and practices. The oppression of women in the Arabic and some Middle-East and Africa countries may be sickening to the core, but let us not forget about homesoil and centuries of "Indigenous Cultures" with the influx of cultures maintaining the very practices being spoken against.

  • muriel.farquharson - 2012-01-26 06:57

    Yay for Desmond Tutu, all you men are afraid that we might just do a very good job.

      Patrick - 2012-01-26 07:13


      Burtfred - 2012-01-26 07:37

      @Muriel Not all men - don't lump us all together, certainly not with some of the twits and illiterate nincompoops that comment here. I personally think that women often do a very good job when elected to powerful postitions - eg: Golda Meir, Maggie Thatcher, Indira Gandhi, Angela Merkel, Helen Zille, Christine Lagarde, Dilma Rouseff, Benazir Bhutto, etc, etc.

      Burtfred - 2012-01-26 09:50

      Warren, If Thatcher wasn't the Prime Minister in 1982, the Falklands would now be Ilas Malvinas. She was the last British PM that had balls. Indira Gandhi was a truly independant, spirited woman. Her being the PM of the World's biggest democracy forever changed the status of Indian women and helped to lift them from their traditional subservience. Kumaratunga was instrumental in bringing the Tamil Tigers to the negotiating table to end the long civil war in Sri Lanka. She did this by being tough and not bowing to their violence. Your comment about "poor peformance" is ill-informed and wrong, at best.

      skootzie - 2012-01-26 10:04

      Warren, not everyone is misandrist in their thinking (I say this because you are throwing that word around like confetti). Though Tutu phrased his statements incorrectly, I agree with him; women do need to be in more position of authority and have more say in policy-making; this outdated thinking that men rule the Earth needs to change. Muriel: Not all men think the same; some of us actually agree with Tutu (even though he erred in the presentation of his statement); try not to generalise.

      skootzie - 2012-01-26 11:38

      So, because a couple of women failed in their leadership, then all women should not be allowed to lead? I wonder why this does not apply to men as well?

      Smell - 2012-01-30 07:44

      The vast majority of leadership positions in society are held by men. Are men vastly superior to women? What cr@p!!! Testosterone is not all bad, but it is at the root of a lot of society's problems. As usual the Arch is on to something. And I would much rather watch a Rugby game with him than a person with an identity disorder.

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-01-26 09:36

    Just because prostate cancer took ur manhood..

      Godfrey - 2012-01-26 10:37

      I'll bet you use "ur" instead of the correct words or abbreviations because you don't know them.

  • heather.moller1 - 2012-01-26 10:18

    @ Skootzie. Will someone please give this man a Bell's!! Well said.

      skootzie - 2012-01-26 10:45

      But I don't like alcohol :( :P

      heather.moller1 - 2012-01-26 11:55

      @Skootzie. Don't use alcohol myself. Just my way of "toasting" to your comment. Bravo!

  • John - 2012-01-26 12:29

    i'm beginning to thing the Arch really has reaced his sell-by date now!

  • Mandy Mc Donald - 2012-01-26 14:12

    @Warren. I agree, men and women are equal but you are still boring because you harp on the same point.

  • Mandy Mc Donald - 2012-01-26 14:21

    and by the way warren, if you can't take as good as you give then don't bother. you have insulted others who have commented on this article, so try to keep your emotions in check and stick to the argument at hand.

      Smell - 2012-01-30 07:35

      O Warren your arguments are so, what shall we say, tired. Desmond Tutu is a very wise man, and he knew what he was trying to achieve with this speech. Many of us get it. You evidently do not. Escape this nationalism thing in South Africa, move to NZ, and promote your male agenda there.

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