Mar 7, 2011

In honour of women


In honour of Women’s Day I dedicate this post to the multitudes of women who came before me, and whose lives and work have made it possible for me to be the woman I am today. The courageous women who fought for the right to vote, the right to work outside the home, the right to negotiate life on their terms – these women, without them my life I could not imagine!

I pay tribute to the women with whom I walk day-to-day as we navigate our way through life, striving to live the best lives we possibly can. And to the young girls who are coming up behind us – it is my hope that they cherish the legacy laid forth by our mothers, grandmothers & great-grandmothers and forge their own paths, making a mark in the world. 

The story of womanhood cannot be complete without mention of the men who have stood by us and who continue to do so. Brave men like my grandfather who defied negative criticisms from his own sisters about the value of educating his daughters and nieces. Nkambo (grandpa), you’re a great man and changed our family so radically; I know without a doubt I wouldn’t be sitting here expressing myself freely without your influence! Should I only be blessed with sons like you – men who are not threatened by the strength of women.

To be a woman in this world still comes with a myriad of hurdles and challenges. Let us not rest on our laurels while unacceptable numbers of women die each year giving life or when our daughters continue to be pulled from school and forced into marriage.

We’ve accomplished much but more remains to be done. Together we can!

To my sisters, my aunts, my mothers and grandmothers – I honour you.

4 comments:

Beautiful.I love that you're so passionate about what you write.Your tweets are never nonsensical you're an inspiration to girls to be more than just barbie dolls.

Thanks, dear! Your words humble me.

I love this. Much respect to your grandfather. Such men tower above others for refusing to follow the status quo in their times.

Thanks Masuka, this is one of the aspects mainstream feminism tends to overlook - the contributions of men who have stood up against the status quo. I could never do that because like I said, my life wouldn't be as it is with my Grandpa and my daddy.

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