Women in any society can achieve much when they are united, inspired, determined, informed and morally upright.
The following Bible story of the daughters of Zelophehad is one of the most outstanding and fascinating accounts of what women can achieve when they come together and act as a knowledgeable and united force.
Numbers 27vs.1 Then came the daughters of Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, of the families of Manasseh the son of Joseph: and these are the names of his daughters; Mahlah, Noah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Tirzah. KJV
These ladies had been economically neglected because of some cultural and traditional practices which made it difficult for them to access and enjoy what rightfully belonged to them but however, they later realized the problem at hand and acted together towards finding a solution.
Numbers 27vs.2 And they stood before Moses, and before Eleazar the priest, and before the princes and all the congregation, by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying. KJV
The statement above shows that, at one time after the daughters of Zelophehad realized that there was a socio-economic injustice against them, they came together, analyzed the facts and agreed on what to say to the relevant authorities.
After that, they then followed the necessary protocol to get their issues addressed.
Numbers 27vs.3-4 Our father died in the wilderness, and he was not in the company of them that gathered themselves together against the LORD in the company of Korah; but died in his own sin, and had no sons: 4 Why should the name of our father be done away from among his family, because he hath no son? Give unto us therefore a possession among the brethren of our father. KJV
The Bible clearly addresses them as the **daughters** of Zelophehad, thus signifying that they worked together in this regard. We also see them saying that **our father died** which also shows that they addressed their concerns as a team rather than as divided individuals.
More so, we can also see that these women were very knowledgeable about the socio-political and economic affairs of the society as well as being aware of their history and their rights.
They firstly identified a problem, then came together as one and brought their concerns before the relevant authorities and consequently the issue was solved peacefully and progressively.
Numbers 27vs.5-7 And Moses brought their cause before the LORD: 6 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying: 7 The daughters of Zelophehad speak right: thou shalt surely give them a possession of an inheritance among their father's brethren; and thou shalt cause the inheritance of their father to pass unto them. KJV
Interestingly, from the above scripture, I was so much moved and touched to see that even God Himself is concerned about the socio- economic wellbeing of women in the society.
Numbers 27vs.8 And thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a man die, and have no son, then ye shall cause his inheritance to pass unto his daughter. KJV
Not only does God endorse and commend the move that was taken by the daughters of Zelophehad, but He rather goes further and declares it as an example that must be followed when similar cases arise.
It is therefore important to understand that women, just like their men counterparts, they have a right to have their socio-economic issues addressed. However, they firstly need to come together and act as an informed united force that follows protocol and upholds moral values.
So, let us all go ahead and encourage our mothers, daughters, nieces, aunties and sisters to be informed and united and to keep shining, they are all born to fly high and shine in the skies.
Brian Kazungu is a Christian, a Media Practitioner, Entrepreneur and an Opinion Leader. +263 773 539 832, [email protected] , @BKazungu-Twitter