Mercy Muroki brands Oxfam 'spineless' for removing 'inspirational women' game for not respecting all genders

'The only offence these women have committed is being born a women'

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Oxfam has removed a children’s game celebrating “inspirational women” from its shops because transgender and non-binary staff complained that it did not, quote, “respect people of all genders”.

The game is supposed to familiarise children with the great women of past and present, and their achievements, in a fun bingo format.

Women who feature in the game include the likes of Marie Curie, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the ONLY woman to win it twice…

Amelia Earhart, the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean…

Malala Yousafzai, who was literally shot in the face for speaking out against the Taliban denying girls the right to an education, AND in 2014 became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

And Rosa Parks, who was honoured by the United States Congress as ‘the first lady of civil rights’ after she led the movement which resulted in racially segregated buses in America being outlawed…

These were all undeniably great women achieving incredible feats as Women often against the odds. Many were doing so in a time of place where people thought women were not worth as much as men. These were not birthing-people, not cervix-owners, not chestfeeders… Women.

And in justifying this frankly unjustifiable decision, Oxfam has issued a spineless statement saying this: "We took the decision to remove the game from sale following concerns raised by trans and non-binary colleagues who told us that it didn't live up to our commitment to respect people of all genders"...

Oxfam, what about showing respect to the dozens of women in this collection who have positively impacted millions, possibly even billions collectively of lives throughout history. Lives of both men and women.

What about your commitment to the countless number of women who kindly fundraise and donate to your causes, who want nothing to do with the self-indulgent dictates of the gender wars, and who just want you to get on with your job of carrying out charitable works?

Oxfam can’t even bring itself to give a single substantive reason why featuring these women might cause offence.

In fact, we know that the only offence these women have committed is being born a women.

Oxfam ought to take a leaf out of the book of these great women.

Lead with conviction – stand up for what’s right. Find a meaningful, worthwhile hill to die on.

Because taking issue with some of histories most incredible women is certainly not it.