To highlight
The plight
Of the girl-child
In might
I fight
A legal battle
That strangles
In this wayward hood

I shout from the Kgalagadi
To implore SADC nations
United Nations
To repel concentration-camp-fashion
Global legislations
Imbued with sex discrimination

I rebuke commonwealth
On worthlessness
Of common laws
Non committal
Yet not so common
To peripheral relegation
Of the towered other
Has there ever been common ground?
Since hieroglyphic tablets
I refuse to exist in soap opera style
A piteous live tabloid

I relate the tale of a biddable child
Ripped off their mother’s warm womb
Auctioned wolfishly
To the best bidder
Deprived of letters and sums
Denied a place in the sun
Snatched off school gates
Slumped in to herding goats

Crack dew at dawn’s crack
Before frogs croak
As in the Shank
She sings the lullaby lyrics
The first of such lifetime hysterics

By /Bobana Badisang, Botswana (Published in Mahube Journal of Writers Association of Botswana 2010)

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hey Bobana,

your write strong and beautiful.I like the entire part, words representing the situations, words as powerful as so many other hundred words. I like how you have composed it and how you have put it together.

i Like the entire piece!


Nilima www.nilichari.wordpress.com

Many thanks Nilima, for appreciation of my piece. After I presented it to the launch of Mahube Journal (in which it has been published) on December 4th in the city of my home country, Gaborone, Botswana, I swore that I would not be writing protest poetry anymore...However, 'old habits die hard'. And really, I would be betraying the struggle, if I suddenly stopped writing poetry that unpacks the woman's lot. If you like it, I'm inspired. Thank you so much Nilima. Kind regards, bb.

Bobana Badisang Library: Education Faculty Liaison Unit, 3rd Floor, Office 224/402 University of Botswana Private Bag 00390, Gaborone, Botswana Telephone: 0267-355-2305 Facsimile: 0267-3957291 Telex: 2429 BD Telegraphic Address: University Gaborone


no you shouldn't stop writing. It sounds so strong and so commanding, your voice can encourage someone, inspire someone, can represent some one!! keep on writing for you for others for your beautiful writings! I really like the way how you collect so strong words together!!!

my best wishes are always with ya!


Nilima www.nilichari.wordpress.com

Welcome to World Pulse Bobana! This poem is one that is beautiful and inspiring. I look forward to reading more from you!!

I hope you find many great connections here on PulseWire. Please let me know if you need any assistance navigating the site, making connections, etc.

Again, Welcome!

In Peace and Love,



I know it has been quite awhile since you made this post, but your work in libraries and information science piqued my interest. I'm writing to make sure you know about our World Pulse partner, Beyond Access. Beyond Access is a global movement of people and organizations committed to the idea that modern public libraries help drive economic and social development. Beyond Access encourages dialogue, assembles a community, and facilitates partnerships. They also create and curate resources, and provide services and opportunities for libraries and community organizations, development practitioners, and to donors and all levels of government. You can find out more about them at this url:

In order to be eligible for the opportunity to connect with others who support community development through libraries, you must submit to all three phases of World Pulse’s 2014 Women Weave the Web Campaign. You can find out more information about the campaign here, It would be fabulous to have your voice join others as we think through issues around digital access in all its complexity. And the role libraries play in this question would be a good place to start!

As you may know, there is also a prize that will be awarded to an outstanding grassroots woman and visionary voice using digital tools to effect change and advance her community work. The prize will include the 2014 Lynn Syms Prize title, a $20,000 monetary prize to be paid out over two years to support her community based work, a feature profile on WorldPulse.com, and an all-expense paid trip to speak her message in New York City. You can find more on the website,

The deadline to submit to the first phase is March 31st!

Wishing you peace,