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2013 VOF Poetry

Shamiso's picture

'Give me"

Give me a voice I will echo it across the continent Give me a hammer I will smash patriarchy Give me a platform I will stand and rise for my rights Give me a fire … Read More»

Therese kasindi's picture


Oh my lovely mother, if you were there I would be perhaps better than I am today! You leaved me early, at my eight age, I didn't share many words with you, … Read More»

Hideko N.'s picture

Poem, Oh my Love, Nigeria

Oh, my Love, Nigeria Oh, my love, Nigeria Wish women and children Live without fear Stay secure and fair If violence, witch-craft lies and stories Gives you no peace … Read More»

Olive Makhela's picture


HIV was always just a word yet now it bears your name; But it has not changed how I feel I love you just the same. We should never judge another with thoughtless words or deeds; … Read More»

pelamutunzi's picture

mama and papa, you made me

everyone was startled and stood up we all ran into the hall mama!mama! he screamed you made me into what i am! mama you let me beat my sisters to show i was a man … Read More»

Gabisflanis's picture


Long time ago. Sitting by the window; looking through the glass, at my sixth grade class. SHE came to me, unnoticed, sliding through desks and chairs, … Read More»

FatimaDamulak's picture

A Need to Unveil You

January to December I long for something new For days where my strength be renewed Out of the depths of my heart is the pain Of which the wealth in the world has no gain … Read More»

Sangita Thapa's picture

Hymn to an Ordinary Girl

Here is a hymn to an ordinary girl To one that every day you see She may not look good and she may not be blessed But she is a woman who loves the world She makes your every dream come true … Read More»

Hannah Ojo's picture


MY femininity is my dignity, I guide it with jealousy. MY femininity is my special privilege, I don’t take it for granted. MY femininity is my right, It shall not be trampled on. … Read More»

louise.toohey's picture

Street lights

Street light, blinkers and flash on the street corner, where I sit. Blackened sky, crying baby on my lap, all I could think of is my next hit. … Read More»

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