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I've been there, seen the worst, faced it and as a child i hated being alive after being thrown out from my home .There was no-body to lift me up or hear my voice .

I needed a hand to wipe my tears off, just to tell me every thing will be okey but there was still silence. Coming from a family that was once left in the cold, abused in the name of culture, it pains me most to see a woman and her children suffering.

Domestic violence can make a life hell and kill one's future if not condoned. Those are some of the memories that are still fresh in my mind. A woman suffers most in most communities and it becomes worse when she has children.

There are many people in my community that have suffered from domestic violence, cultural practices and some even lost their lives in the process because most of the times, women in Africa are regarded useless, they can not stand-up for themselves and they can not lead a group. When a woman is in the leadership position, men don't support such women, they always strive to pull her down so that she fails to deliver.

I am a woman who would want to see change in my world, community so that women too have a voice that is respected and can be heard far.

I would love my world to be free from stigma and discrimination, regardless of race or nationality, a world where all men and women work and support each other through thick and thin. I would love to see women being respected their own cultures, no more crying , no more pain , no more sorrow.

I would love to see a world where women are uplifted in into higher positions and bring to an end domestic violence at all cost, laws being put in place to stop violence against women and children, property grabbing perpetrators put to book and severely punished.
My other vision is to have a world, community that understands , support women and the girl child issues in their daily lives and bring solutions too. But this can only be achieved through the VOF where i strongly believe that my voice can go far.

Being on VOF means a lot to me because that's where i can improve my skills and learn a lot from other women on how to overcome obstacles in my world and community. VOF provides a platform that will change my life, community for better. I believe that networking on VOf with other women will help me improve and achieve my vision and grasp new technologies on how to go about my work.

VOF will guide me with necessary tools to get to my destination.


Stella Paul's picture


"I would love my world to be free from stigma and discrimination"

A beautiful, beautiful dream! Its worth working for such a dream, to make it come true. Need I say, you get all my love and best wishes for this?

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

sibongile zgambo's picture

Thanks love

Hey stella, thanks to you. I really lok up to that too, make achange and have apeacefull community around me.
I pray for that to happen one day.
Thanks amillion for taking your time to read my story.
love and take care ,

Adepeju's picture

Hi friend, Are you sure your

Hi friend,

Are you sure your post was correctly tagged? I couldn't find in the the week 4 group write up. I think you should remove the asteriks.


sibongile zgambo's picture


Thanks dear for noticing . I hope now many can find it easily. I guess i tagged it wrongly. Thanks to your time to read my story.

Take good care.

sibongile zgambo's picture

Hey ,

Can you see it clearly now, please advise.

Adepeju's picture

Yes friend, I can see it now

Yes friend, I can see it now and I'm sure everyone can too.

All the best dear...

sibongile zgambo's picture


Thanks Adepeju,
you are such a darling.

MaDube's picture

You can make the difference

You can make the difference that you want to see. I do not know if you have seen this too. It is a call for papers discussing Culture and Human Rights: How Can We challenge Cultural Excuses for Gender Based Violence? As one who has experienced these things I think you would know what recommendations to make because there were points when you wished things were different in your case and that someone would help in a specific way. Give it a shot.

Monica Clarke's picture

Domestic Violence

Hello Sibongile, I, too, would like to encourage you, like MaDube did above, to write an article about Domestic Violence. Your memories are still fresh and you write with passion. I send you lorry loads of encouragement.

With love from Monica in France

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).

sibongile zgambo's picture


Thank you so much Danube for your encouragement, i will definately try to write one and so sure that it will encourage other women who are in such situtaions. Thank you so much mama for taking time to read my stories.

Gooday and hey thanks amillion times for the link too.


sibongile zgambo's picture


Thank you so much mama for the support you are giving me. This will help me indeed and improve women situations who are suffering in different areas. What i kbow am sure might change some-one, some body else to have a good life and a hope for thye better future.

Am gonna write one mama.



Very nice to know that you can now be that person for others!


sibongile zgambo's picture

Hey Joya

The only way i can help out is to be the voice of other people who need some-one to hear them out but also be able to wipe their tears too even though i didn't have any body to do that for me. In christ we trust, keep on doing the good work that will bring healing, happiness to everybody for when you do that, you do it for God.

Thanks dear ,
take good care of yourself and enjoy your day.

Lisa T's picture

Inspiring vision!


You have such an inspiring and positive vision for the world. I hope you continue to share your voice on Pulse Wire!

Best wishes,

sibongile zgambo's picture


I will continue sharing more on Pulse wire. I just want to reach out to as many people as possible. This is the only way my voice can be heard far.

Thanks for taking time to read my story.
Good day.

sibongile zgambo's picture

Thank you

Thank you my dear. I just want to continue sharing my voice so that more women could be inspired more and more with what some ladies in africa are facing. The more i share, the more i learn and teach others at the same time.

Thank you Lisa for taking time to read my story.

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