Surfing through the tides

Hawwah
Posted June 4, 2020 from Nigeria

The past few weeks have been the most difficult and traumatic period for everyone, especially those from the societies most affected by the current wave of chaos. The Facebook live broadcast is getting more popular and acceptable, as it makes it easier to get information and messages across in a short time frame, I embraced it a few months ago. And so, I did a live broadcast on Tuesday 2nd June to lend my voice to the escalating surge of rape in Nigeria, it opened a floodgate of inboxed messages from women seeking support, solace in sharing their stories in confidence and crying together. It was one of the most difficult and overwhelming 2 days. Drawing from my own personal experience and listening to these women's stories, awakened me to the upcoming responsibility that we are not yet talking about; providing them support and justice. It is not just enough to ask rape and encourage victims to break the silence, share their stories or seek for justice, but we must ensure that they get not just support to heal from trauma, but also justice. For me, this story is the most unjust, traumatic, and dehumanizing of them, due to the fact that it involves a woman. Realizing that women are still playing oppressors to women in this age and time has broken my heart all over again.  And I am sharing it with the world, to remind us, women, that we can do better, and we must do better.

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Jill Langhus
Jun 05
Jun 05

Hi Hawwah,

Oh, wow! This is amazing that you did this, and offered support to all those poor women. Go you! I can imagine that was very hard, though. Have you been able to practice self care since then to recoup yourself, I hope? Thanks so much for sharing, dear.

Hawwah
Jul 13
Jul 13

Welcome, Jill.
Thank you so much for all you guys at world pulse.
Women like me have found a place where we can vent, scream, be crazy, normal and cry our hearts out without being judged, condemned or criticised.
This is priceless.
Wo I should thank YOU.

Hawwah.

Jill Langhus
Jul 15
Jul 15

You're very welcome:-)

Ha. Too true!

XX

Busayo Obisakin
Jun 06
Jun 06

Thank you Sis for this! The struggles continue, victory is certain

Hawwah
Jul 13
Jul 13

Absolutely sis, the struggle continues
No going back.
Sign the petition

Catherine De Freitas

Hello Sis, I hear the cry of your heart and I understand it. Your voice is needed in support of our sisters and we stand with you. Continue to share as change must come. Please be safe. You are in my prayers. Blessings.

Hawwah
Jul 13
Jul 13

Dear Catherine,

Thank you for your kinds words and encouragement dearest sister.
It is highly needed and appreciated.

Thelma obani 2020
Jun 07
Jun 07

Thanks for all you do.

Chi8629
Jun 07
Jun 07

Thank you for sharing.

Hawwah
Jul 13
Jul 13

Thank you for your comment Chi8629.
Please sign the petition.
We must not relent.

Anita Shrestha
Jun 09
Jun 09

Thank you for sharing

Hawwah
Jul 13
Jul 13

Thank you for your kindness, Anita.
We must not relent.

Beth Lacey
Jun 11
Jun 11

I agree- surfacing the stories of these horrible inhumanities is the first step. Gathering these stories in a way to present to people who can actually change the situation is the next

leila Kigha
Jun 11
Jun 11

thank you for sharing sis!

Hawwah
Jul 13
Jul 13

Dear Leila,

Thank you for your kindness,

We must continue to push through and break through the barriers to equality and justice for women.

In love and sisterhood,
Hawwah

Kabahenda
Jun 16
Jun 16

My dear Hawwah,

First of all, I am very sorry about the ordeal that you and your sister has gone through in the last few weeks. My heart goes out to you both!

You have a painted the scenario so eloquently, that there is nothing more to add except to agree with everything you have said.

It is very unfortunately that epidemic of rape continues unabated in Nigeria as in some other parts of Africa.
I really applaud your courage in your encounter with the police that only did not hear your pain, but you have started a fire and I encourage you to speak to women leaders in the community.

The rape with impunity must stop and I believe that it is women who are going to stop this scourge. Kindly in-box me in my personal email so that we can brainstorm more about this.

Keep speaking up. This battle will be worn some day. All the best to you.

Hawwah
Jun 16
Jun 16

Dear Kabahenda,
Thank you very much for your kind words and encouragement.
I shall message you inbox.
In love and sisterhood,

Adanna
Jul 07
Jul 07

Dear Hawwah,

Thank you for sharing and offering to lend your voice to an important issue.

I pray more women are encouraged to speak out and seek justice.

Love,
Adanna

Hawwah
Jul 13
Jul 13

dear Adannan,

Thank you for your comment.
I pray so too. It looks like we are breaking the ice.
The culture of silence is over.
We must continue to breakthrough.

In love and sisterhood,
Hawwah.