The end of the beginning of the mystery of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

In the sixteen days since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 left Kuala Lumpur and failed to land in Beijing, setting off a search that has involved two dozen nations, more than three million square miles, and at least three hundred relentless hours of cable-news coverage.
Late on Monday night, in Beijing, relatives of the missing were summoned to an “emergency meeting” shortly before Najib Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, appeared before the press. In a statement sent to the families, and, where possible, delivered in person, the airline announced what has long been almost inevitable: “We have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived…. We must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean.”
My heart goes out to the dear ones whose friends, families, colleagues are still missing above the MH370 with hopes that Return Is Possible !
MH370, the Malaysia Airlines flight with 227 passengers and 12 crew disappeared less than an hour into its journey from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.

How, in this high-tech age of uber-surveillance, in which hundreds of satellites sweep the Earth and modern aircraft have multiple communications systems with triple redundancies, can a plane vanish?

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Note: image to the right is only for purpose of illustration of what the amount of 239 people onboard looks like – it is not exact seating of the flight MH370.

 

With 227 passengers and 12 crew on board, flight MH370 left Kuala Lumpur’s airport at 12.41am, local time
Lives, not numbers: Snapshots of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 passengers

The last transmission from the plane was at 1.07am, when it was cruising at about 33,000 feet over the Gulf of Thailand just as it entered Vietnamese airspace. The contact ”indicated everything was normal”, Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysia’s defence minister said.

Suddenly, all communication ceased,including any from the continuous ACARS data-monitoring system, which emits data from the engine, or from the plane’s high-frequency radio. There was no mayday call and the plane’s secondary radar, which sends its location to earth-based radar stations, stopped functioning. However, even though the secondary radar was inoperable, ground or sea-based radar – known as primary radar – could still pick up the plane, just not identify it with precision.

Intriguingly, a Malaysian military radar did pick up a reading from an unidentified object flying west across the Malaysian peninsula on Saturday morning. The final blip from the radar was at 2.15am, positioning the object about 320 kilometres north-west of Penang, or about 500 kilometres from MH370′s last known position, Malaysia’s air force chief, General Rodzali Daud, said.

Malaysian authorities still believe it is possible the plane may have suddenly disintegrated or been forced into a rapid descent at the moment contact was lost. But after six days, some kind of debris should have been found, given the massive search. Moreover, no signal has been detected from the flight recording device. By contrast, remnants of the Air France jet that crashed en route to Paris from Rio in 2009 was detected within two days after a search that spanned the Atlantic Ocean.

Indications suggest MH370 continued to fly on after communications abruptly ended, probably on a different, westerly course from its planned route to China. There are two broad scenarios that could explain this.

First, MH370 was hijacked and its transponders deliberately shut down, either by the pilots or someone else on board. Malaysian authorities have said this option is being considered, with the psychological state of the pilots being scrutinised.

Then there’s the theory – described by former Qantas head of security Geoff Askew as ”extremely unlikely” – that any hijacking could have been motivated by ”something valuable in the plane”, whether in the cargo or the plane itself. US counterterrorism officials are also, reportedly, examining a possible terrorist hijacking.

Even so, while two Iranian men were on the flight with stolen passports, Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble has said they ”were probably not terrorists”.

There was also a Chinese Uighur, Maimaitijiang Abula, on board. The Uighurs, an oppressed Muslim minority from western China, have launched a series of brutal but low-tech terrorist acts in China, including the gruesome train station knifing rampage by masked assailants this month that killed 29 people. But Maimaitijiang is a renowned oil painter, not an employee at a Swedish flight-simulation facility, as Malaysian media earlier reported.

As for the pilots, Malaysian authorities deny they have extremist links.

A terrorist link remains a live area of inquiry and could be behind the second possible scenario that could explain why MH370 may have travelled way off course with no communications. That theory suggests an explosion or structural failure on the plane caused a rupture in its fuselage that was significant but not enough to destroy the plane or send it into a nosedive.

Such an event would lead to decompression, depriving those on board of oxygen, a condition known as hypoxia. Previous flights have crashed after a decompression of the cabin rendered everyone unconscious, the plane falling to earth once the fuel ran out.

”Hypoxia … can easily reduce a highly functioning individual to utterly useless in 90 seconds,” one pilot said on an internet forum this week. Enough time, perhaps, for a pilot to try to turn a plane around before falling unconscious, with the plane continuing on its new course.

An explosion in the cargo hold from a device secreted in baggage is another possibility. Cargo does not typically get the rigorous screening of passenger luggage. And a plane’s communications technology is usually located in the cargo hold.

Much has been made of a US safety regulator warning last year of corrosion and cracking around the satellite antenna of Boeing 777s like MH370, but Boeing insists MH370 did not have that type of antenna.

Analysts have also pointed to an incident on a Qantas jet in 2008, when an exploding oxygen tank in the cargo hold exploded in midair, ripping a two-metre hole in the fuselage. The pilots skilfully made an emergency descent to 10,000 feet – a breathable level – before making an emergency landing.

But if a terrorist hijacked the plane or planted an explosive device, why has no one claimed responsibility? Given the multiple communications back-ups on a modern plane, could all the communications systems be knocked out by an explosion or structural failure and the plane continue to fly?

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Conspiracy Theories about the Disappearance of MH370

Wild guesses appear on social media, where riveted users are thinking about everything from black ops to black magic.
Here are some of the likely and unlikely theories about the disappearance of the Malaysian airplane.

  • total electrical failure
  • plane crashed due to weather anomaly (or “Bermuda Triangle” like event )
  • Boeing 777 could have landed safely and its occupants are still alive
  • terrorists hijacked or exploded the plane
  • hijacked plane is going to be used for something bigger than 9/11,  possibly nuclear
  • planned assassination of important person(s) on the plane (made to look like an accident) 
  • theft of the mysterious cargo (gold?, weapons?) carried on the plane; plane landed in secret location – e.g. an island in the Indian Ocean
  • the Malaysian (or other) military might have mistakenly shot down the passenger plane
  • meteor strike
  • alien/UFO abduction
  • the time anomaly – along the story presented on the TV series “Lost”
  • first of many upcoming disappearances described in the book “Atlas Shrugged”
  • hostage taking for upcoming political demands on China
    during Iran hostage crisisfifty-two American diplomats and citizens were held hostage for 444 days (November 4, 1979, to January 20, 1981), after a group of Iranian students supporting the Iranian Revolution took over the US Embassy in Tehran. President Carter called the hostages “victims of terrorism and anarchy,” 

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239 people onboard of flight MH370  would fill this entire conference room!

Malaysia Flight 370: The 10 big questions

Every day brings new details and new questions surrounding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a Boeing 777 with 239 people aboard that went missing on March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Here are 10 questions surrounding what we know and what we don’t know:

  1. What do we know about the pilots?
  2. What do we know about communications to and from the plane?
  3. Where could the plane be? What could have happened to it?
  4. Couldn’t a pilot just ‘fly under the radar’?
  5. Could the plane have landed somewhere?
  6. How likely is hijacking or terrorism in this situation?
  7. Could mechanical failure explain it?
  8. What other theories and speculation have been offered?
  9. What about reports that passengers’ cell phones continued operating after the flight’s disappearance?
  10. Is this the first time a plane has vanished?

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A Startlingly Simple Theory About the Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

by BY CHRIS GOODFELLOW, a Canadian Class-1 instrumented-rated pilot for multi-engine planes

There has been a lot of speculation about Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Terrorism, hijacking, meteors. I cannot believe the analysis on CNN; it’s almost disturbing. I tend to look for a simpler explanation, and I find it with the 13,000-foot runway at Pulau Langkawi.

The left turn is the key here. Zaharie Ahmad Shah was a very experienced senior captain with 18,000 hours of flight time. We old pilots were drilled to know what is the closest airport of safe harbor while in cruise. Airports behind us, airports abeam us, and airports ahead of us. They’re always in our head. Always. If something happens, you don’t want to be thinking about what are you going to do–you already know what you are going to do. When I saw that left turn with a direct heading, I instinctively knew he was heading for an airport. He was taking a direct route to Palau Langkawi, a 13,000-foot airstrip with an approach over water and no obstacles. The captain did not turn back to Kuala Lampur because he knew he had 8,000-foot ridges to cross. He knew the terrain was friendlier toward Langkawi, which also was closer.MH370route140319

The pilot did all the right things. He was confronted by some major event onboard that made him make an immediate turn to the closest, safest airport.

When I heard this I immediately brought up Google Earth and searched for airports in proximity to the track toward the southwest.

For me, the loss of transponders and communications makes perfect sense in a fire. And there most likely was an electrical fire. In the case of a fire, the first response is to pull the main busses and restore circuits one by one until you have isolated the bad one. If they pulled the busses, the plane would go silent. It probably was a serious event and the flight crew was occupied with controlling the plane and trying to fight the fire. Aviate, navigate, and lastly, communicate is the mantra in such situations.

There are two types of fires. An electrical fire might not be as fast and furious, and there may or may not be incapacitating smoke. However there is the possibility, given the timeline, that there was an overheat on one of the front landing gear tires, it blew on takeoff and started slowly burning. Yes, this happens with underinflated tires. Remember: Heavy plane, hot night, sea level, long-run takeoff. There was a well known accident in Nigeria of a DC8 that had a landing gear fire on takeoff. Once going, a tire fire would produce horrific, incapacitating smoke. Yes, pilots have access to oxygen masks, but this is a no-no with fire. Most have access to a smoke hood with a filter, but this will last only a few minutes depending on the smoke level. (I used to carry one in my flight bag, and I still carry one in my briefcase when I fly.)

What I think happened is the flight crew was overcome by smoke and the plane continued on the heading, probably on George (autopilot), until it ran out of fuel or the fire destroyed the control surfaces and it crashed. You will find it along that route–looking elsewhere is pointless.

Ongoing speculation of a hijacking and/or murder-suicide and that there was a flight engineer on board does not sway me in favor of foul play until I am presented with evidence of foul play.

We know there was a last voice transmission that, from a pilot’s point of view, was entirely normal. “Good night” is customary on a hand-off to a new air traffic control. The “good night” also strongly indicates to me that all was OK on the flight deck. Remember, there are many ways a pilot can communicate distress. A hijack code or even transponder code off by one digit would alert ATC that something was wrong. Every good pilot knows keying an SOS over the mike always is an option. Even three short clicks would raise an alert. So I conclude that at the point of voice transmission all was perceived as well on the flight deck by the pilots.

But things could have been in the process of going wrong, unknown to the pilots.

Evidently the ACARS went inoperative some time before. Disabling the ACARS is not easy, as pointed out. This leads me to believe more in an electrical problem or an electrical fire than a manual shutdown. I suggest the pilots probably were not aware ACARS was not transmitting. And the publication of an article about the Malaysia Airlines struggling to find its financial footing since years tend to confirm my doubts again

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Fire in an aircraft demands one thing: Get the machine on the ground as soon as possible. There are two well-remembered experiences in my memory. The AirCanada DC9 which landed, I believe, in Columbus, Ohio in the 1980s. That pilot delayed descent and bypassed several airports. He didn’t instinctively know the closest airports. He got it on the ground eventually, but lost 30-odd souls. The 1998 crash of Swissair DC-10 off Nova Scotia was another example of heroic pilots. They were 15 minutes out of Halifax but the fire overcame them and they had to ditch in the ocean. They simply ran out of time. That fire incidentally started when the aircraft was about an hour out of Kennedy. Guess what? The transponders and communications were shut off as they pulled the busses.

Get on Google Earth and type in Pulau Langkawi and then look at it in relation to the radar track heading. Two plus two equals four. For me, that is the simple explanation why it turned and headed in that direction. Smart pilot. He just didn’t have the time.

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Dengue outbreak making the headlines again in Mauritius, Fiji, West Pacific and Brazil

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What is Dengue ?

Dengue fever is a disease caused by a family of viruses that are transmitted by mosquitoes. It is an acute illness of sudden onset that usually follows a benign course with symptoms such as headache, fever, exhaustion, severe muscle and joint pain, swollen lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy), and rash. The presence of fever, rash, and headache (the “dengue triad”) is particularly characteristic of dengue. Other signs of dengue fever include bleeding gums, severe pain behind the eyes, and red palms and soles.

Dengue (pronounced DENG-gay) can affect anyone but tends to be more severe in people with compromised immune systems. Because it is caused by one of five serotypes of virus, it is possible to get dengue fever multiple times. However, an attack of dengue produces immunity for a lifetime to that particular viral serotype to which the patient was exposed.

Dengue goes by other names, including “breakbone” or “dandy fever.” Victims of dengue often have contortions due to the intense joint and muscle pain, hence the name breakbone fever. Slaves in the West Indies who contracted dengue were said to have dandy fever because of their postures and gait.

Dengue haemorrhagic fever is a more severe form of the viral illness. Symptoms include headache, fever, rash, and evidence of haemorrhage in the body. Petechiae (small red or purple splotches or blisters under the skin), bleeding in the nose or gums, black stools, or easy bruising are all possible signs of haemorrhage. This form of dengue fever can be life-threatening and can progress to the most severe form of the illness, dengue shock syndrome.

According to the World Health Organisation ( WHO ) states that dengue is not transmitted directly from person-to-person and that people who have dengue fever should rest, drink plenty of fluids and reduce the fever using paracetamol or see a doctor.

How can dengue fever be prevented?

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The transmission of the virus to mosquitoes must be interrupted to prevent the illness. To this end, patients are kept under mosquito netting until the second bout of fever is over and they are no longer contagious.

The prevention of dengue requires control or eradication of the mosquitoes carrying the virus that causes dengue. In nations plagued by dengue fever, people are urged to empty stagnant water from old tires, trash cans, and flower pots. Governmental initiatives to decrease mosquitoes also help to keep the disease in check but have been poorly effective.

To prevent mosquito bites, wear long pants and long sleeves. For personal protection, use mosquito repellent sprays that contain DEET when visiting places where dengue is endemic. There are no specific risk factors for contracting dengue fever, except living in or travelling to an area where the mosquitoes and virus are endemic. Limiting exposure to mosquitoes by avoiding standing water and staying indoors two hours after sunrise and before sunset will help. The Aedes aegypti mosquito is a daytime biter with peak periods of biting around sunrise and sunset. It may bite at any time of the day and is often hidden inside homes or other dwellings, especially in urban areas.

There is currently no vaccination available for dengue fever. There is a vaccine undergoing clinical trials, but it is too early to tell if it will be safe or effective. Early results of clinical trials show that a vaccine may be available by 2015.

While searching about dengue fever and autoimmune system deficit I fell on this..Felt like sharing as you might not know when and how well it can help. But It it advised to consult your doctor or an Ayurvedic doctor as i’m not so sure about the benefits of the papaya leaves and till how far it’s consumable!
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News on Dengue fever

Articles of dengue outbreak in Mauritius 2014
1. The Ministry of Health are on high alert Wednesday, March 19 after 16 cases of dengue fever have been identified, namely 15 to Triolet and Belvédère. 
2. Of 15 patients, six are from the same family, three of another family and the remaining six live in the same neighborhood

News for Brazil
World Cup 2014: Brazil ‘must act to prevent outbreak of dengue fever’ during summer tournament, warns expert 

News for the Pacific area
Dengue fever outbreaks in Pacific prompt health warning 

News for Fiji

 

Holi Festival and it’s significance.

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Holi festival is the festival of colours. The word Holi is taken from the word ‘Hola’ which means offering prayers to the Almighty. And thanking him for the good harvesting of crops in India mostly. Holi festival also give us the teachings that evil always face defeat and good always wins. On the other hand, people who harm others are punished by the Almighty and are destroyed in ashes same as Holika was.

Today all over the island Holi festival is being celebrated – heralding the arrival of spring and the passing of winter. During the day hundreds of people will pour out into the streets for a crazy, joyful battle of rainbow-coloured powders.

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 The festival is partly a celebration of the legend of Prahlad – a young follower of Vishnu who despite being carried into fire by the demoness Holika managed a miraculous escape – good triumphed over evil. In fact, there are many legends that are directly linked to Holi, and the reasons for celebration have evolved over time. It is thought that the festival may have existed several centuries before Christ, and although it started out bearing Holika’s name, it is now often simply known as ‘The Festival of Colours’.

The day after the full moon, before the festival began, bonfires will have been lit to remember Prahlad’s escape. Then today, an explosion of movement and colour will be painting entire villages, towns, and cities a myriad of intense colours.

Holi Puja or Holika Dahan is the prime ritual of Holi – the festival of colours. It is a celebration of the victory of ‘good’ over ‘bad’. People light bonfires in the evening and offer puja. Holi Pooja is performed in a different manner in some communities.

Holi Puja Vidhi – Holika Pujanholi puja
Holika pujan is a community event. And is organised at various location.
So visit the nearby holika pujan place during auspicious Muhurat and perform holi puja.
As per the rituals, recall Lord Ganesh and pay homage to him, then Goddess Ambika, lord Narasimha and his devotee Prahlada.
Holika is worshipped using fresh harvest, water, Gulal, jiggery and other Puja items.
Offer rice (or fresh grains), chandan, turmeric, flower & beads to Holika.
Then take parikrama around holika and keep pouring water as you move.
Some people also take a little part of Holika fire at home. And they consider it auspicious.
At the end say your prayers and then seek blessings from elders.
Generally the prasad of Holi puja is baked grains (from fresh harvest).
Next day morning you should bring the leftover fire and ash to home. It is believed that this helps
Also, apply a little of this ash on your body.

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Significance of different colours for the Holi festival.

Orange is all about enthusiasm and creativity. It is the colour of social communication and optimism.
Yellow is the colour of the mind and the intellect. It radiates the essence of joy.
Green is the colour of balance and growth. It offers calm and harmony.
Blue is the colour of trust and peace.
Pink is for unconditional love and nurturing.
Magenta is a colour of universal harmony and emotional balance. It is spiritual yet practical, encouraging common sense and a balanced outlook on life.
Brown is a serious, down-to-earth colour that relates to security, protection and material wealth.

Bright colors, water balloons, lavish gujiyas and melodious songs’ are the ingredients of perfect Holi. Wishing you and your family a very bright,colourful and joyful holi…May your Life fills with colours. HAPPY HOLI PEOPLE….

Mauritius’ Independence celebration day.

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Mauritius’ Independence celebration day, marks the day when the remote Colony of Mauritius obtained its independence from Great Britain in 1968, became a sovereign nation before turning into a Republic in 1992. The Independence Day ended nearly 200 years of British rule of the island. The first prime minister and architect of independence at that time was the late Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, leader of the Labour Party. On the 12th March 1968, then the British Governor General of Mauritius, Sir John Shaw Rennie, handed the four-coloured flag to SSR. The Mauritian nation was born.

However today, Celebrating our Independence Day seems to be dealt with, with a very low sense of patriotism…

Each time 12th of March rings, four coloured flags flower at each angle and corner of the island… AMAZINGLY though, it is still heartbreaking to see how we all react vis-a-vis our native’s situation; living, social, economical, legal, etc… I’m thus lost, about the real definitions of INDEPENDENCE AND PATRIOTISM, we are getting to celebrate year in year out ! Feel like I’m hanging in limbo, puzzled between the politically correct behaviour and ideology and my own vision and thoughts. Am I doing things right ? Am I feeling the right feel ?

Let’s take Patriotism for instance: The very sound of the word brings to my heart feelings of loyalty. The loyalty I would have for my country and my country’s ideals and path for a better life.. For me, Patriotism is one of the best virtues of men, a noble feeling of the mind. It is said that Motherlands are superior to heavens, and that mothers should be treated as goddesses. This what I believe too.

I therefore implore upon you, Youth of Mauritius, to fight at keeping the flame of patriotism alive. We are the authors of our country’s future. We need to dig deep inside ourselves and find the courage and determination to dream for a greater sense of belonging… A Patriot is immortal !

As for Pride, I reckon, it’s about those who, before me, fought and sacrificed much for the freedom of my beloved country. I love and beg to honor my Motherland each time I can. The high sense of duty towards my homeland and my fellow countrymen, has been inoculated into me since birth.

As I turn the pages of our country’s history, I am inspired by those who stood up, spoke out and fought against those who threatened our country’s integrity and ideals. And today this fight is still going on for the betterment of each and all.

I think about our respectable forefathers who had dreams of a nation that would nurture liberty and justice for all. I can imagine how they gave everything they had… until the single last ounce of strength to make that dream turn into reality. I can picture them waging wars, to their own dimensions, against one of the most powerful empires ( British ) of all time so that they could remain true to their ideals.

Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance. Do not let the ogres eat your souls and throw your bones to dogs, you are worth so much more !

Happy Independence Mauritius

The growing voice of women..Happy Women’s Day

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As we celebrating the International Woman’s Day, let’s all take a moment to recognize and appreciate the incredible contributions that the women in all our lives have made, and continue to make, each and everyday.

March 8th is International Women’s Day, observed since the early 1900′s as a day, aiming to raise awareness of the challenges, struggles and continuing inequality faced by women worldwide. It celebrates women’s history, highlighting key events, milestones and achievements, and aims to further promote and raise awareness of women’s rights and to achieve equal opportunity status in all walks of life.

According to IWD’s official site, “International Women’s Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike. For decades, IWD has grown from strength to strength annually. For many years the United Nations has held an annual IWD conference to coordinate international efforts for women’s rights and participation in social, political and economic processes. 1975 was designated as ‘International Women’s Year‘ by the United Nations. Women’s organisations and governments around the world have also observed IWD annually on 8 March by holding large-scale events that honour women’s advancement and while diligently reminding of the continued vigilance and action required to ensure that women’s equality is gained and maintained in all aspects of life.

The lives of women around the world vary greatly, with every kind of struggle, success and story. But through our individual actions, what kind of world are we creating for women overall? Moreover, what is the role that women should play in shaping the world for everyone?

So on International Women’s Day, as on any other day, my thoughts are with the millions of women displaced from their homes and facing an uncertain future.
If you take away the feminine from the world, everything that’s gentle, everything that’s beautiful, everything that’s aesthetic, everything that is the subtler aspect of life will disappear and only providing and survival aspect of life will exist.

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One of my favourite songs..Official song of UN Women: ” ONE WOMAN “
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldyvIcVR9JI

In Kigali, she wakes up,
She makes a choice,
In Hanoi, Natal, Ramallah.

In Tangier, she takes a breath,
Lifts up her voice,
In Lahore, La Paz, Kampala.

Through she’s half a world away,
Something in me wants to say –

We are One Woman
You cry and I hear you.
We are one Woman
You hurt, and I hurt, too.
We are One Woman
Your hopes are mine
We shall shine.

In Juarez she speaks the truth,
She reaches out,
Then teaches other how to.

In Jaipur, she gives her name,
She lives without shame,
In Manila, Salta, Embu.

Though we’re different as can be,
We’re connected, she with me –

We are One Woman
Your courage keeps me strong.
We are One Woman
You sing, I sing along.
We are One Woman
Your dreams are mine
We shall shine
We shall shine –

And one man, he hears her voice.
And one man, he fights her fight.
Day by day, he lets go the old ways,

One woman at a time.
We are One Woman
Your victories lift us all.
We are One Woman
You rise and I stand tall.
We are One Woman
Our dreams are mine
We shall shine
Shine, shine, shine –