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I Spoke for myself and for my sisters

I had to let my voice be heard and to assert the rights I own; not as a gift, but as an endowment from creation. I have been married for over five years. I had five kids with my husband. The last of the kids was a boy. I had named him Samoh meaning the truth. The truth because after his birth, I had to stand for what was true no other truth but that which says women had rights and these deserve respect.
On the night Samoh came into the world, it had rained so heavily. My labour started with the rain and progressed so rapidly that I either had to rush to the hospital or have the baby at home. My husband was out with the family car. I called him several times. He promised to be home immediately. I waited he didn’t come. Minute after minute the pain increased. I was exhausted both mentally and physically and could not walk to the hospital for lack of strength. My legs were trembling and cramping. I could not move an inch. Squatting gentling on the floor, I ushered him into the world. It was painful. It was joyful. With tears and laughter, I held him close to my body.
The emptiness remained. He was never there to welcome any of them. It was agonizing. We have always started this together and I am always left alone to finish it. The next morning he walked into the hospital ward. His very presence made me sick. I could not face him. I needed an explanation I needed an act of contrition. None of this was forthcoming. All he said was ‘I am now a man. I have a son at last’ I need two more to make me complete. My answer was ‘No more!. Never again’ Many years have passed, nothing has happened. It has been rumored; it has been sung in songs; it has been a subject for gossip all whispering how I dared to refuse my husband and community children.
On my part I feel stronger; I feel happier. It’s my health it is my life. Many women have come along all wanting to know what it takes to say no and take control over their bodies. The answer is simple: be ready to die for what you believe in. Women’s rights are human rights. Together lets fight.

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sallysmithr's picture

Wow

Your story was amazing and you truly are a very strong and independant woman. I wish you the very best and thank you so much for sharing your story!!!

Sally Smith

Jane Frances Mufua's picture

Thank you for your words of

Thank you for your words of encouragement

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Beverly Rose's picture

Your courage is a true

Your courage is a true inspiration for me (and I'm sure others). What an amazing story! I am grateful that you and Samoh came through that experience safely. I never cease to be amazed at the strength and courage and determination of women. Thank you for sharing your story and for being willing to take control of your body, your life, your destiny. I join you in fight for women's rights, which are human rights.

aloha,
Beverlyt

Jane Frances Mufua's picture

Thank you

I know and I believe that all women have strength. All we need is to move beyond beliefs that continue to discriminate and look upon women as second class citizens. My community has continued to look upon women as a man's 'pleasure thing'. I am personally reaching out to many women to empower them to speak out on what is wrong. I believe we will do it. Thank you Beverlyt for encouraging me.

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Frances Faulkner's picture

Leader

Jane Frances --

Wonderful! You are leader for others, because you act out of strength, not out of weakness. I love your voice, conviction, and your follow through. Keep it up!

Frances

Jane Frances Mufua's picture

We deserve repect

Thank you for your complements Frances. Its all about our passion to see things change. We deserve respect as human beings and as women. We didn't choose to be born as women so why should we suffer because of our gender. Lets continue to speak out.

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valerinhamb's picture

Congratulations, Jane!!

Hi, Jane! Thank you for share your story! You are so brave! Your example will help other women to be free of this kind of abuse and loneliness! Without women the rights are not human!!

Thanks Valeria it was great being with you at Equitas.

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Cordelia Andze's picture

So Touchy Yet Inspiring!

Thanks Jane Frances for sharing and empowering.
You are a true inspiration to many of your sisters. We need more of your kind to change the way the society perceives women. Empowerment is the key!

Cordelia Andze
Cameroon
Email: candze@yahoo.com

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