sixteen days of history/ revolution

Basudha Modak
Posted November 26, 2018 from South Africa

i was trying to write my thoughts based on the 16 days of activism that started from today.i am  unable to pen any. what do i write only for 16 days, will any awareness also be created?Will i be capable of speaking out my life in 16 public speeches, the humiliations and crime  of being born a girl child, the utter disregard of me not allowed to speak as the daughterinlaw of the House, being  crossed over for seniority in jobs because i will not be able to give enough time being newly married?

These 16 days  are too less, only thing is we can start new initiatives now, so that no one else is allowed to face what we had faced.But has the discrimination stopped suddenly? Are these 16 days like a ceasefire where all criminal activities against women are stopped. Will all the public speeches, meetings, going to help us, those who have faced or are facing?

is tomorrow going to be a wonderful day where women will be safer on the streets ,workplace or home?

Rather than organizing all these activities, i would ask real women in this group to advice on soul-utions, i would like to quote them daily to other women i know, so that we feel a little less afraid a little more stronger,to solve our own problems rather than having the rest of the world throw  problems  at us.

 

 

 

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Tamarack Verrall
Nov 27, 2018
Nov 27, 2018

Dear Modak,

I can appreciate your questioning what one more call for activities and action does for us, as continually organizing can be exhausting. And as you point out, can speaking out about all we have faced, each of us in our lives, and collectively with so much in common, do anything to change what is happening? I understand your weariness, questioning whether this will bring real change. But here is what I see, even through tired eyes and heart like yours. Gathering my energy to speak out every time I hear the call of my sisters organizing something, somewhere, in whatever way I can add brings strength to her call. I am not personally organizing an event this 16 days, but that there is a call for 16 days of action gives me an opening to speak about women coming together on this and question why the person I am speaking to has not realized that this is a known global crisis. Next we have women's marches in January. And 1 billion rising and dancing in sync globally February 14th. Then International Women's Day. And Take Back the Night...yes, exhausting but we are every time we gather, keeping this crisis in the news, and maybe a woman isolated will find us. Dear Sister, I understand your weariness. But even here your voice calls for us all to get specific with ideas of how we can make this change happen. And that call will bring us more focus, and closer to our goal. I hope you get lots of quotes here. As you can see mine is a bit long! May these waves wash over you with renewed energy, knowing that we are here to do this together.

With love in Sisterhood,
Tam

Jill Langhus
Nov 27, 2018
Nov 27, 2018

Hi Basudha,

Thanks for sharing your inquisitive post. I agree that 16 days may not be enough, but I think it will definitely help build the momentum that has already started, like what Tam is saying. It's just another initiative that seems to get stronger and bolder every year. My daily quote would be to, "always be authentic and true to yourself first." You may not believe in yourself now but you can always be true to yourself and that in itself is exhibiting self love, approval and strength.

Lily Habesha
Nov 28, 2018
Nov 28, 2018

Hi Modak,
Keep doing what you want to do. Forget the other voices that discouraging you, ignore all negative thoughts...you will see the changes later.

Lily

Mauwa Brigitte
Nov 29, 2018
Nov 29, 2018

Hi
Count much more on oneself instead of being discouraged by others. Go ahead with your own ideas you will arrive without fear. The beginning is always difficult by asking questions I'll get there? What will they understand me? And if I failed?
Close your eyes on others, you will succeed, and associate those who have preceeded you in the proffesional experience.
Thank you for exiting!

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls
Dec 03, 2018
Dec 03, 2018

Hi Basudha the her'story of the 16 days Campaign is such an incredibly important demonstration of feminist organising and bringing visibility to the need to keep organising and keep questioning why we still have such a high level of gender based violence across the globe and drive home the need to transform the root causes of violence.

Paulina Nayra
May 05
May 05

Dear Basudha,
Instill in the hearts and minds of people especially women that there's no excuse for violence. Women should be taught to assert their rights to be free from all forms abuses. Quite a long shot but the 16Days of Activism helps to inform everyone about the reality of VAW all around us.

Keep on Writing

Odion Anavhe
Jul 22
Jul 22

Wow!! I honestly wish I had good enough quotes for you. Woman be strong, be you. Don't let anyone silence you. We'll keep moving and advocating for our rights.

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Dear Modak,
Tomorrow is always a brand new day. Always look forward and leave the past behind you. Thank you for sharing and have a lovely day.

Hello, Basudha,

You are very observant and a deep thinker. You are right 16 days is too short. On World Pulse, we can tackle issues girls face 24/7 on each day of the year until girls are safe in every place. :)

ANJ ANA
Aug 29
Aug 29

Dear Basudha,
Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Yes, of course, only a campaign is not sufficient for ending violence and discrimination towards women that have been increasing day by day. I can truly feel your concern, but its an opportunity to raise, focus and start doing something to eliminate all those suffering of women. at least something we can achieve with our these kinds of efforts. So all the efforts for achieving our goal for equality matters. Your query is so valid, so keep your query on and start doing anything small or any initiative from our side too.
in solidarity,
anjana

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