The danger of the single story
Chinamanda Adichie is a celebrated Nigerian writer,an Orange prize winner and she recently spoke on TEDTALKS on what she called 'the danger of the single story'.We as women have had our stories told over and over which normally wouldve been a good thing,but for the fact that its been told in a highly stereotypical fashion heavily influenced by the society's view of women marginalization.But thanks to the web 2.0,we now have a platform to begin to tell our different stories,speaking up for ourselves,saying NO to the single story told of us!
Now,we have heard of the story of The maman shujaa who have inspired me so much,we have heard of the story of the breast ironing,the female genital mutilation menace,the virginity testing,vesicovaginal fistula,and so much more and how positive solutions are being proferred and effected!women have begun to speak up and we have started to take a stand for ourselves.
A proverb in my language says"ajeji owo kan o gberu dori"which means a single hand cannot help lift a heavy load for you to carry on your head;web 2.0 is the place where so many hands come to together to lift a burden and make it lighter,it is empowering to know you aren't alone in your fight against issues like ending violence against women!
Women,linked hand in hand,even though we may be miles&time zones apart makes us a force to be reckoned with.The society may ignore the cries of a single woman,but its virtually impossible to ignore when thousands and millions of women lend their voices and cry with her in decibels so deafening!that,is web2.0!
I'm given a platform to speak,share my thoughts on injustices to women,and oh yes,I will keep speaking.my voice is free and ready,to be lent to someone in need,just as I know my sister's voices will be lent to mine too when I need it!