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Ms. Nsiyona; a student from Nabisunsa Girls School who recited the poem

A truly strong woman’s is like a force so very dynamic
Her strength comes naturally and is somewhat majestic
It is an innate inclination, impulse and drive
She loves and accepts herself completely
Knows she is not perfect but still she strives
Strong women need strong men
And strong men feel its strong women they are made for
I am a strong woman and I will not apologise for it!

Some women need a woman weaker than they
So that they can partake in a staged save the day
There is no courage, no strength or valor in that
If you asked me I would say that’s pretty was!
Real women need a real man who will stand by they and say
“I am attracted to your strength; it’s a challenge to me, a chance for you and I to show us both how strong I can be”
I am a strong woman and I will not apologise for it!

Some men gain superficial strength in seeing a woman’s sorrow
Like a childhood bully playing elementary school game
He gives false self esteem in himself in seeing a woman’s pain
As if her inability to move were an indication of his strength
A man’s strength is not defined by his ability to control
Nor his ability to dictate, write or moderate a show
As an individual’s strength is defined the same way across gender lines
The strength for one to hold another
I am a strong woman and I will not apologise for it!

A strong woman can bear all strife in the world
She is merely choosy for she knows the complete value of herself
She is not foolish, unintelligent, unreasonable, shortsighted or vain
She recognizes clear fault lines indicating inability to bear substantial strain
If giving into her emotions and feelings proves more painful of than not
All that she is ; a strong woman
I am a strong woman and I will not apologise for it!

A strong woman is not bitter, not angry or scorned
She yields to her wisdom as if she has been warned
She does not blame anyone as is grateful for the love she shared
She is comfortable on her own and does not need to be paired
She knows that she wants, needs, desires and deserves
Knows she will get what she desires and will someday
I am a strong woman and I will not apologise for it!

A poem recited by Ms. Nsiyona; a student from Nabisunsa Girls School during the Women’s Mentoring Walk in Kampala in commemoration of the International Women’s Day on 8th March, 2014. This activity was organized by CEDA Internatonal and Vital Voices Leadership Programme

Flagging Off the Women Mentoring walk in Kampala


I love all that you had to say in your poem. I think more women should feel the same way. Too many think they have to be hard and mean to be strong. They don't really know how to be strong and still help others to do the same.
I also agree that a strong woman needs a strong man, because if she gets a weak one he is intimidated by her and usually tries to control her and that never works.
You have a wonderful way with words and expressing yourself. I hope you continue to do so.
Thank you so much for sharing with all of us. :)


kirthijay's picture

Very beautiful!

Very beautifully written poem, my friend. You have done such a great service in bringing a cause the attention it deserved through such beautiful poetry.
Lots of love,

trucker1's picture


very nice!!!

Tam's picture


Thank you for such a powerful poem. The title stands so strongly and completely alone, but is also followed by so many well stated ways that we must not apologize for ourselves. Wonderful to know that Ms. Nsiona walks so tall.

With love,


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