My name is Gumato. I was named Gumato since I was born on a Friday. I just tured 21, two days ago. I was born and brought up in a nuclear family with a very humble background. My mum and dad did not go to school. I have three brothers and three sisters. I am the fifth born in a family of seven, with the looks of my dad and the heart of my mother. I love my family so much and today I wanna ask God to protect them for me because we have been through so much together. Fights, arguements, sleeping on empty stomach, disagreements, prayers, shouts and every manner of thing but love always ruled. I am a victim of Female Genital Mutilation. I was not forced, but rather pressured by my peers. I don't like the fact but I accepted it. I wish someone was there to help me realise the dangers of FGM. I regret it with no pains. I know God is gonna forgive me and everyone else.
On the Day of the Girl, I wanna ask every woman to take responsibility of The Girl. The world is so cruel. Last week, I heard the story of the young girl,now late, may the Lord rest her soul in eternal peace, who committed suicide after her teacher, a she, humiliated the 14 years old Jackline for soiling her dress with blood. "The girl reported to have committed suicide after a teacher humiliated her for soiling her dress was buried on Saturday amid calls for free sanitary towels in schools", the story went. I was so devastated by the news on Friday 13th September 2019. I wish I saw Jackline just a second before she did it. She would be here with us writing her stories and impacting lives. These things should stop. I hope they will. Sooner or later. We should save The Girl at whatever cost. On this day (depends on when you reading this) I wanna leave a message for every woman out there.
And here is my message.
I know you have been through a lot. You must have cried and bled several times. But that's just a chapter in the book of life. Things are going to get better sweetheart. You will tell a story some day. I know this seems like a dream to you but trust me, some day, you will tell your story. You just need to be strong and prayerful. Be kind to everyone dear woman. You are a special gift to the word. Did you know that women are moms? And did you know that a mom is a doctor, teacher,friend, partner, a food store, a chemist, a bank and so many things that I can't, mention now? So, just be kind and stand up for yourself and others. They need you. You may be weak but they still need you. Imagine. The wold is cruel but be your good self because it adjusts. Yes, it does. It did and will always do. Have good intentions and respect everyone, even those who don't respect you. Learnt the art of giving and love in the present. Let go of your past. Let go of everything and everyone that weighs you down. Stand tall. If they cannot stand as tall as you wanna stand, let go but keep standing tall. I don't know how many people love you but I know God does. At my husband, an capacity, I also do. I love women and I always pray for them. And for you reading this, I love you. You are strong. You are beautiful. You are special. You are one in the 7 billion humans in the world. You are smart. You are brilliant. You are the best. And you should always assure yourself that you are. On the Day of The Girl, I wish you a change for better and a happy life.
With love from your sister,
That's my message . In case you wanna read the story of Jackline, this is the link