Show Me Your Real Face,Donot Hide anymore

Basudha Modak
Posted November 25, 2020 from South Africa
Let our true Face Shine ,Not what Society wants us to show

Attending the WP summit and getting to listen to the amazing speakers and women ,I realized I have been going all wrong ..

My support group and all my community bonding comes to nothing in these Covid times .

I am limited in mobility and how much I can go out ...I have working tirelessly checking up ,speaking ,attending webinars all over Johannesburg and globally too .

In reality ,I have actually contributed very little .When the girls and women are in danger ,Our support group has mobilized ..

But,in the complex I stay in ,Do I actually know every single woman and what she is going through ? 

The one who smiles at me ,is she depressed ,financially or emotionally abused ? 

Am I able to see her mental scars ?

We women are very clever on upholding our honor and our responsibilities,even at the cost of our lives ...

I am going to visit or invite every single neighbour next 16 days for just a cup of coffee or tea .I am taking the initiative to offer them a place to take a break and try to recognize what is really behind that smile ..

It doesn't matter if I am feeling broken too ,with all the responsibilities ..I am not going to stop looking for the signs ..

My way of kicking these  16 days of activism is not what I will be doing only next few days,but finding out what is needed to be done.

And I have all my WP sisters for advice ,when I donot have the right tools at my disposal ..

 

This story was submitted in response to Sharing Solutions: Ending GBV.

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Karen QuiƱones-Axalan
Nov 26, 2020
Nov 26, 2020

Hello, dear sis Basudha,

Listening to you during Thriving Thursdays as an MC or a trainer, I know you've done a lot for women and girls already. I understand the need to do more. You are enough. You have enough. You do enough.

I love your idea of visiting your neighbors for 16 days and listen to them over a cup of coffee. What a lovely idea. I hope you can share photos with us soon. Thank you for providing solutions to end GBV!

Basudha Modak
Nov 26, 2020
Nov 26, 2020

Yes,I will be making a collage and sharing soon .

maeann
Nov 26, 2020
Nov 26, 2020

Hi Basudha, thank you for a cup of coffee or tea. I like the smell of coffee and sweetness taste of tea with milk :) looking forward to how went well time with your neighbor. Give my regards to them :) and tell them we are listening, they are not alone!

Basudha Modak
Nov 26, 2020
Nov 26, 2020

Thank u so much Maeann .Just having someone caring is sometimes more than enough .

Sujit
Nov 27, 2020
Nov 27, 2020

Hi Basudha

Thank you for sharing - great reflection, which helps me. You bring to ground the importance of taking a step back - getting caught up in big picture at times makes you bulldoze past the important change you can bring at your doorstep.

Thank you for nudging me to take a step back!

Basudha Modak
Nov 27, 2020
Nov 27, 2020

Thank u so.much for understanding ..We forget the near in rectifying the far ones .