My story is' herstory'
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. It is with this in mind that I saw it fit to embark on the journey to my self by using this platform, which would go a long way in my road to self-emancipation and empowerment. My story is ‘her story’, it is a story of a million women’s quest for freedom a struggle in a road filled with vigils and thorns.
After making my own analysis of the mainstream media and coverage of women’s stories through the knowledge I had gained from a young women feminism and leadership-training course this year, I began to question things. The process was an eye opener for me, it made me realise the importance of having women telling their stories.
There is no doubt if any that the mainstream media has a tendency of trivialising or scandalising women’s stories. Women are viewed, as vessels of sexual gratification the negativity that shrouds the portrayal of women is appalling to say the least. The only time you see women being given voice is when they are victims. Success stories of women are not celebrated in the media, in fact all efforts are made to tarnish the images of women who have dared made it in a supposedly ‘male dominated world.’
Coming from a community of marginalized people who are condemned and vilified my many for loving another like me I have had first hand experience with stigma and I am no stranger to being bombarded with hate tirades, this had made me realise that the onus is on me to speak out, to claim my space and define my self.
I got tired of apologizing for what I am. I refused to be oppressed and to conform to the norms of what society dictates and expects from me as a ‘woman.’ I decided enough was enough and I had to stand for my self, what better way to do that than to use this platform to share my story with the rest of the women across the world.
When I heard about the Voices of Our Future programme I thought this opportunity has come at an opportune time in my life. I had to grab this chance because I was in dire need to be heard I had been shouting all along but probably to the wrong audience. When I saw that I could use this platform to network with many women across the globe, share ideas, strategies and inspiration with mothers and sisters I was really excited.
Through this space I can write about anything without fear or prejudice, it is a safe haven where I can highlight societal ills, advocate for positive change, fight against oppression and suppression of women and denounce discrimination and stigma on all women.
My vision for justice and equality fits quite well with this program, which has no ‘voiceless people’, women are empowered to voice their concerns and can speak out against all forms of injustices.