The new Normal isn't acceptable Either

Basudha Modak
Posted September 21, 2020 from South Africa

With the lockdown now at Level 1 ,and schools and every organization able to open ,we look forward to accepting and accomodating new rules ..

International travel has also relaxed,albeit to countries with very low rate of infection..

In the midst ,women and children are still struggling ,to bring food to the table and stay at home safe ..

Early morning I received a message for a safe home from a so called rich woman ..It pained me to hear her story and what she has been enduring since lockdown  started ..

Physical abuse is visible ,but financial and emotional abuse inflicted when someone is unable to retaliate ,is a worse crime than murdering .

It brings about the same ugly feelings of being bullied and teased,and having noone to turn to ..

We need to come together as women ,and each one should uphold one women,beit financially or emotionally .

So that they dnt break and fall ...

GBVis not always,what you see ,before stigmatising a women for commenting suicide or geingsi depressedtbat she is on medicine and laughing at her ..

Be thankful,you are the lucky one,and go out and help her .

This story was submitted in response to Dispatches from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Nini Mappo
Sep 22
Sep 22

Hello again Basudha,
Good on you for looking out for the women i your community. It is true what you say, that we often lack the back ground story, making empathetic listening and caring all the more important so that women can feel safe and free to share their struggles and fears.
I am glad that you can be that for those around you in need. You bring hope and sunshine to their lives. You remind them that they have worth and they can heal, and live again.
Thank you for encouraging us all to look out for each other. To hold hands and sail to safety together. Unity is vital for surviving our times.
I hope that you are well as you look out for others. Keep safe and sparkly.

Hello, Basudha,

The physical wounds from GBV are easier to see, but the inner wounds from emotional abuse which are more damaging to the soul is difficult to track. Thank you for being a safe space for women, for allowing them to share their stories to you. I hope you can introduce World Pulse to her so we can meet her, too.

Please take care of yourself, dear sister. You are doing an awesome job!