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Debunking the myth of female weakness

Edinah
Posted May 21, 2017 from Zimbabwe

When they tell you women are weak just remember this story: to debunk that myth about female weakness, I spoke toJestina Mukoko, who was put through unimaginable torture by the Zimbabwean government but did not quit her work as a human rights defender. She refuses to be pushed out of her country of birthright and says 'they broke my body but not my spirit'.

Jestina Mukoko’s name reverberated around the world when she was abducted on December 3 in 2008. A broadcaster turned human rights activist, Mukoko was abducted in the thick of dawn by Mugabe’s henchmen and held incommunicado for 21 days. After that, she was sent to maximum prison for 68 days on trumped-up charges meant to derail her work with the Zimbabwe Peace Project. Her book, TheAbductionand Trial of Jestina Mukoko, is a reflection and curation of her horrible experience at the hands of the Zimbabwean state agents. On March 10, 2010, she received the International Women of Courage Award from the US Department of State in Washington D.C. She was presented this award by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama.

"(...)I was threatened with extinction. Those were the actual words of this man. He said, you can go extinct and we will bury you around this building and no one will ever know, and I had no doubt that could happen to me and then the next day I hear people digging outside the building and what crosses my mind is, I think that must be my grave."

Read more on this link: https://wefsa.org/featured-women/allwomenarerolemodels/courageous-jestin...

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Sally maforchi Mboumien
May 21, 2017
May 21, 2017

Edinah dear I like your slogan to break down stereotypes "All women are role models", It is now clear to me the truth about who women are. Just like Jestina many women going through hell in different circles. We really need to debunk the myths about women. Nice article you shared

Francisca Robles
May 24, 2017
May 24, 2017

Hello Edinah.

Thank you for sharing this article. It is nice to read the hastag "All women are role models".

I really wish that no one should suffer torture and fear anymore. There are so many women that have been killed and have been told that nobody will never notice. On contrary, I know that everyone of these women will always be remembered and their love will guide us to find their bodies and their stories. 

"All my love is here and has remained: stuck to the rocks to the sea and the mountains.

Stuck, stuck to the rocks to the sea and mountains ... "

Raúl Zurita, Song to his disappeared Love (Chile, 1985)

Edinah
Jun 06, 2017
Jun 06, 2017

Many thanks everyone!

Tamarack Verrall
Oct 29, 2017
Oct 29, 2017

Dear Edinah,

I love that you are debunking the myth of female weakness. I am reminded constantly of the courage and strength of women through the stories coming into World Pulse. Thank you so much for sending  Jestina Mukoko's story as a supreme example. I am so glad to know about her, that she survived, and that she was rewarded by these two strong and devoted women leaders.

In sisterhood,

Tam

Beth Lacey
May 02, 2018
May 02, 2018

Thank you for sharing.

Beth

otahelp
May 03, 2018
May 03, 2018

we should not be afraid that can kill the body but not the soul or the spirit. it is really inspiring seeing more women working the dangerous grounds to make a difference in our world. we must not be pushed to stop instead we push to re-vibrate.

Bim Adegbite
May 04, 2018
May 04, 2018

I had not heard of her till now.  Indeed "all women are role models" & I just found a new one.  Thanks for sharing.