|With this piece my objective was truly to be outspoken about our challenges, achievements, and all that comes with being us - the new generation of women.|
I talk to you now, standing on the shoulders
of my feminine grandparents.
Their souls keep me drifting away and rising above
the daily insults of the everyday life on mother earth.
My woman ability to give birth stands not
as an exclusive form of fulfilment,
but as a symbol of my creative perseverance.
My children are heirs of the female line of descent,
and it is in this sense that I have always believed
that there are no illegitimate children.
Don't start now to marvel and fall in love with
what I am saying to you,
For these words have been preached silently
by those on whose shoulders I stand.
On the other side, I do comprehend your sudden
growing passion within you as I go on.
Many decades ago, my grandmother
could never stand here like I am
To concientise female souls
about the currently publicly showcased
and continuously secretly felt joys of womanhood.
You my sister, my friend, my mother, myself
are the lucky feminine souls
For these shoulders beneath my feet
have instilled courage in me
To stand here and say what they went
as far as dreaming to verbalise.
As I say this to you now, others are saying:
"Poor her. She is bitter from the past relationship.
Not admired by the stronger sex. Is she gay?
Was she divorced?"
My only strength is the knowledge that
their souls constantly whispers:
That is Her, the Feminist, the Woman"
Personally, I feel (without taking anything from achievements of women before us) that the challenges we face are much more that those of the past generation. Today, because of development in the world, women have to be mothers, sisters, friends, and partners and still be efficient workers. Apart from the logistical challenges, we are challenged daily for the sake of it, by males within our work and home environment.
My submission is a poem I wrote in 2003 called "Me, the Feminist, the Woman". I feel it answers the question of how women today need to acknowledge that they are where they are because women who came before us had to sacrifices a lot and get us the freedom we have today. With this piece my objective was truly to be outspoken about our challenges, achievements, and all that comes with being us - the new generation of women. The world I wanted to create is a safe space to be able to express yourself as a woman, especially us the young generation. For us to be educated (and I am not referring to academic education), of about our being, our aspirations and to offer genuine support for each other.
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