English translation provided by community member irenelucia
The women of the Maman Shujaa Center like freedom of expression because if a woman speaks, she speaks reasonable words that can save all of humanity. Here in the Congo, women don’t have the right to talk during the remittance of their daughters’ dowries. When a girl gets married, her mother stays outside while the men discuss the dowry in the house, and at night, she is given a cloth to cover herself, a blanket, a big pan, and a goat without talking about what had happened in the house. All of the rest of the dowry goes to the girl’s father, who says that he is the person in charge of her and has the right to eat the contents of the dowry. But otherwise, if the girl was impregnated without the payment of the dowry, the father says that she belongs to her mother, that it’s the mother who hadn’t educated her daughter well. And the mother cannot argue about this. But today, the women of the Maman Shujaa Center continue to raise awareness that women are as free to express themselves as men. Thank you.