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Empowerment, or lack thereof

cj's picture

Zimbabwecj

Today I cried, not because of any pain of my own, but I cried because I shared a pain beyond belief. I sought and failed to get any words of consolation so I just shared the tears.
A few months ago I wrote an article on sexual abuse in tertiary institutions in Zimbabwe for The WIP http://thewip.net/contributors/2011/05/the_price_of_education_sexual.html and as I was researching it I got to know the young ladies I was writing about. Today one of them called me with a painful story about how her lecturer sexually abused her. She had with her results for an HIV test. This young lady who only wanted to make the best of her life now has to face the greatest challenge of her life. She is pregnant and HIV positive. What do I even say to her? How do we empower these ladies when all efforts at empowerment are met with such spirit defeating challenges?

Ladies, let's raise our voices against these forms of dis-empowerment. We are afterall the voices of the future.

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love2write's picture

Heartbreaking

This post broke my heart - what can we do to insure that women around the globe are treated humanely? I am reminded that in Ancient Sumer women were considered goddesses and men their underlings - what has happened to society?

Ellen Rosner Feig
Assistant Professor, Composition and Literature
Carl Wilkens Fellow, Genocide Intervention Network/Save Darfur

usha kc's picture

dear sister Cj,, this story

dear sister Cj,, this story really touched me!! how sad to hear about that girl. I am so sorry to her. Until when we women/girls should bear such types of abuse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lets make our voice together against anytype of abuse!!
Reading,hearing,seeing, experiencing any abuse against women/girls always do give me a deep pain. I also do cry for .
My tears also follow your tears dear.
please encourage her to live life as normal though it's not easy. empower her to raise her voice to take legal action against him if possible!

lots of love and my love to her too.

adurodija's picture

Its a pity

The lecturer should face the consequences and advise the young girl that all hope is not lost she cant come out of it better..

cj's picture

I will not rest until I see

I will not rest until I see that he is. This is no longer about one young woman. This is now about the future of young girls out there who will go through tertiary education. Its now about creating an environment condusive for their education and giving them a platform to speak out against such atrocities.

Cj

NMEZI SYBIL's picture

Dear CJ

This is a very very sorry situation. Not only for the girl in question but for all girls in Africa. Sexual Abuse has became the order of the day in our higher institutions.What do we do? To keep on and on raising our voices to save our younger generation. My dear CJ keep encouraging the girl to be strong so that she will in future be able to empower others.Connect her to where she can start off her treatment and start taking her drugs so that she will continue to be healthy. Be strong my dear.

Sexual and Reproductive Rights of Women is progress to the Nation

Laura B's picture

I share your pain

Dearest CJ,
I share your pain and I cry with you. This is such an atrocity and injustice word alone can't even describe. You have to be her strength, her voice, her refuge my sister you have to be strong for her and make her understand that life HAS to go on that her abuser will be ashamed when they see her conquer it all. If you are not yet in touch with Auma (just type her name in the search box above this page) please do so she is a wonderful Kenyan Woman living with HIV/AIDS who has done so much for her community and empowered many. She will know best how to help.
Take care
Peace
Laura

Laura B's picture

I share your pain

Dearest CJ,
I share your pain and I cry with you. This is such an atrocity and injustice word alone can't even describe. You have to be her strength, her voice, her refuge my sister you have to be strong for her and make her understand that life HAS to go on that her abuser will be ashamed when they see her conquer it all. If you are not yet in touch with Auma (just type her name in the search box above this page) please do so she is a wonderful Kenyan Woman living with HIV/AIDS who has done so much for her community and empowered many. She will know best how to help.
Take care
Peace
Laura

Monica Clarke's picture

I share your pain

Dear CJ, how sad, very sad. I cry for our continent, for our children, for our young people, for our women. Also for the our men and our cultures and their ignorance. Yes, we must, and we shall, continue to raise our voices as loudly as we can, for as long as we can. I send to you and our sister who is suffering so much all my love and tears and strength. As a woman of Africa I am ashamed of my continent. But I will continue to let my light shine in the dark corners where fear and abuse lurk. Together we shall carry the torch of light for our children to take forward.

Peace and love from Monica

Monica Clarke, Writer & Storyteller, bringing human rights alive.
I wish you 'Nangamso', that is: May you continue to do the good work which you do so well.
(A blessing from my ancestors, the Khoikhoi, the first people of South Africa).

cj's picture

Thank you so much sisters. It

Thank you so much sisters. It is through sites like tthese that we can encourage and strengthen one another. Thank you.

Cj

Hin Kunthea's picture

It really sad to hear

The status of women need to be protect . Thanks CJ

Cj,

I am working on an article for Women's News Network right now. It is about the film - Tapestries of Hope, which focuses on Betty Makoni's work with Girl Child Network in Zimbabwe. I interviewed the director, Michealene Risley and I am now working on putting together an article. I think change may only happen if people become more informed and then take action.

Would you like to talk/email? Let me know.

Thanks,

Laki

Lakshmi Eassey

@Lakitalki

We are reaching out to the strong, empowered women of Zimbabwe to say that you have a global circle of conscious women and men who are with you in support of abused women there. Women Against Violence Everywhere! This is another way to get something and WAVE. If you are in touch with that young student, the first thing is to reassure her that HIV today is not a death sentence and then to find out what is available for her overall health and this has to happen whether or not the perpetrator is brought to justice. Yes RAGE and OUTRAGE too!!!

Fulfilling the law of Ethiopia's Redemption

debravakira1's picture

Voices with action

If we cry silently, we will never be heard. Some things need to be taken to the streets for our voices to be heard. I think victims of sexual abuse should be encouraged to open up and to speak about their unfortunate encounter. It is only when people see the reality of sexual abuse and its effects that they will be sensitive about it. It is so real yet people don't realize that. Our children are perishing because of community's ignorance.

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