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Viral mothers and needed sensitivity

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The past week saw powerful conversations about working mothers re-emerge while needed sensitivity from the media about Avicii’s death was discussed

This one’s for the moms

It’s no secret we women were born to handle everything life hurls at us; Queen Elizabeth I did it, Michelle Obama’s doing it, and Roshni Nadar Malhotra’s doing it. So when US Senator Tammy Duckworth brought her 10-day-old baby to a session at Senate last Friday — just a day after the Senate voted to allow babies on the floor — the Internet imploded with waves of support for working mothers everywhere.

Twitter user ‘DoghouseDano’ shared “If Tammy Duckworth used the baby weapon to subliminally manipulate senators into voting in a way that accounts for the welfare of small children... that would most assuredly send the republic down the path to ruin.” Crafty but rightly so.

While Duckworth is the first sitting Senator to bring her baby to Senate, she’s not the first woman to bring her baby to work — the parallels are endless. An adorable case was when Moroccan anchorwoman Lena Alwash of Medi 1 TV was interrupted mid-broadcast by her little girl. European Union Parliament member Licia Ronzulli closely cradled her baby girl to her chest as she owned her job. Earlier this year, Pakistani Kiran Naz went viral when she brought her daughter to work as a form of protest against the sexual malevolence following a rape in Pakistan’s Punjab region. Moms make history every single day.

Bless the beat

Viral mothers and needed sensitivity

When one of the world’s most prolific DJs passed away on Friday, EDM fans immediately paid tribute to the 28-year-old Avicii — real name Tim Bergling — with thankful posts with tracks such as ‘Wake Me Up’, ‘Addicted To You’, ‘Silhouettes’ and ‘You Make Me’. Fellow musicians such as Zedd, Calvin Harris and Tiesto did the same. It was truly beautiful.

The aggravating thing is how some publications instantly pounced on the fact that partying and alcohol were possibly to blame and how Avicii tried to walk away from it all. His fans retaliated in waves on social media, stating mourning time doesn’t call for first-dibs on calling out what led to such a loss.

Do we need sensitivity training, because it sure looks like we have become desensitised to the tragedies of the world and are hungry for the story rather than respectful to the pain.

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