I want to live in a world where...

Lenina Rassool
Posted January 13, 2020 from South Africa

 

I want to love in a world where women’s voices are acknowledged.

Where they hear us first, before noticing our long hair, sparkling eyes, breasts, shape, smell or femininity.

I want to live in a world the way I see it – neutral. Where I wait to hear your words before I make determinations about your person.

Where it doesn’t matter where I was born or raised, or whether I am wearing Ackermans or Gucci – where the label on my clothes does not determine the level of my intelligence.

I want to live in a world where I don’t have to be afraid of being raped, of being alone with a man in an elevator, or cubicle or taxi. Where ponytails are not a symbol of or tool to subdue or control or kidnap. Where I can ask for music options for my morning run, and responses won’t include warnings about running with earphones because I won’t hear strangers approaching.

I want to live in a world where I can just run.

I want to live in a world where I don’t always have to have my child ‘in line of sight’. Where I don’t panic every time she slips around a corner, worried that depraved men or women will kidnap her and traffic her and do unimaginable things to her which isn’t really unimaginable because it happens every day.

I want to live in a world where those things do not happen every day.

I want to live in a world that I can barely imagine. Where damage is rare. Where children play in the streets, unafraid and not in danger. A world where adults don’t sexualise children, or husbands don’t beat their wives. And girls don’t get raped at parties by people they know. And girls don’t get dragged – out of school or to parties they don’t want to go to or into bushes.

I want to grow up in a world where women don’t feel like they need men: to escape from their own homes or parents or families; or for a lift to a school that is a two hour walk away; or to buy them food or clothes or entertainment; or to save them.

This world already exists, we just don’t know it yet. We don’t see it yet. But as much as I can barely imagine its existence, I strive and work toward this every day.

I believe that women will create this world.

 

Lenina Rassool

Producer: The Womxn Show

Cape Town, South Africa

 

Image by Image by Flash Alexander from Pixabay 

This story was submitted in response to Moments of Hope.

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Anita Shrestha
Jan 14
Jan 14

Thank you for sharing

Lenina Rassool
Jan 14
Jan 14

It's a pleasure. Thank you so much for the acknowledgement Anita

Anita Shrestha
Jan 14
Jan 14

Welcome dear

Hello, Lenina,

Welcome back! How are you? Congratulations on finally writing your first post! Wow, this is such a beautiful imagery of the world you want to live in, and I want to be in that world, too!

I love how you ended it, "I believe women can create this world". Boom! So powerful.

Please keep writing! I would love to read more about your heart and your thoughts. I am looking forward to reading your stories and to be connected with you through your experience in life. I know that our World Pulse sisters can learn a lot from you, too. This is what we are here for, to encourage and support each other with our stories.

I am so glad that you finally wrote your first piece. It is truly a joy that another voice from Cape Town, South Africa is rising up! Keep it up, dear. Thank you for encouraging us today!

Lenina Rassool
Jan 14
Jan 14

Hi Karen, thank you so much for your comments and for connecting. I have been a member for a long time and have always wanted to write, but have been blocked for a long while. It is really nice to have a safe space to publish.
Wonderful to connect with you. :-)

You’re welcome, dear. I’m glad you’re back. You did a great job on your first post. Please keep it up! Have a great day!

Maya Iwata
Jan 14
Jan 14

Lenina,
Thank you so much for sharing your vision for the world. Your words really resonated with me, particularly, "This world already exists, we just don’t know it yet. We don’t see it yet. But as much as I can barely imagine it’s existence, I strive and work toward this every day. I believe that women will create this world." Also interested in learning more about your work on http://capetowntv.org/Shows/The-Womxn-Show.aspx. Look forward to hearing more of your stories and more about your work.

Lenina Rassool
Jan 14
Jan 14

Dear Maya,
Thank you so much for your comment. I am very happy that it touched you. I really do believe that we are on the cusp of a revolution. There's still a long way to go but progress is speeding up.

My show, The Womxn Show, was borne out of my own experience navigating our courts. Our justice system is still so outdated and patriarchal and there are very clear issues globally around how sexual assault is prosecuted - if it even gets to that stage.
So my work takes the focus away from the direct perpetrator and focuses on the justice system and affiliated departments. It's generally referred to as secondary victimisation, but I believe that after reporting, the role of the court process shifts to that of primary abuser.
I am also trying to bridge the gap between grassroots activism and research. I'll do another post later this evening with more information and some links to the shows on Yotube.
Thank you again so much for your comment and interest.

Felicitas Wung
Jan 14
Jan 14

Well done

Lenina Rassool
Jan 14
Jan 14

Thank you so much Filicitas.

Felicitas Wung
Jan 14
Jan 14

You are welcome. I hope you are doing fine?
Have a nice time.

Wusufor
Jan 14
Jan 14

Dear Lenina,
Wow 2011 membership, very impressive. You are very old than a lots of us here. Imagine me born 2018 haha. A warm welcome back, I think and agree a lot have missed you.
What you just did is courage. It's not easy at all and you finally mustered up that courage. We are all so proud of you :-).
I hope South Africa is doing great? Looking forward to your subsequent posts.
Warm regards dear
Lizzy

Lenina Rassool
Jan 14
Jan 14

Thank you Lizzy. Hehe - yes, have been a member for a long while. Almost a decade then it seems. How time flies. I've been more of a reader than a contributor so far, but am glad to be more actively involved in the platform.
Thank you for connecting.
Lenina :-)

Wusufor
Jan 15
Jan 15

One year to a decade ;-). Amazing!

Kadi_lokule
Jan 15
Jan 15

This post is captivating and resonates with many women who want the same myself included. I am glad you published it as your first post and it speaks volumes. Already eagerly looking through your work as a producer for the Womxn Show. Cheers and please keep writing looking forward to reading more from you.

Lenina Rassool
Jan 15
Jan 15

Dear Kadi, thank you so much! I am so glad it resonated. Sharing our stories and work is the way to keep going to change the world. When women come together, magic happens. Thank you for comment and I look forward to reading more about your work too. x
Lenina

Lily Habesha
Jan 15
Jan 15

Dear Lenina,
I like what you wrote and happily read it. I copy your link and shared it on my FB page, so that everybody can read it.
This is the world all of us need.

Lily

Lenina Rassool
Jan 15
Jan 15

Dear Lily,
Thank you so much for your kind words and the share. And yes, I truly believe that we are on our way to creating a better and safer world for us to live in. Thank you for the amazing work you are doing as well. Step by step - girl by girl - we are changing the world.
xx
Lenina

lizzymark
Jan 15
Jan 15

Hi Lenin's glad yo have you in the family and writing your first post too. We can achieve such a world as we keep raising those beautiful voices of ours through the stories we shear and our activities in our various communities. A voice raised is a voice heard.thanks for shearing

Lenina Rassool
Jan 15
Jan 15

Dear Lizzy,
Thank you so much for your comment and insight. Our stories have already sparked the revolution and will continue to do so.

Reena Saxena
Jan 15
Jan 15

I fully agree with you. That is an ideal world we have been struggling to achieve for centuries.

Lenina Rassool
Jan 15
Jan 15

Thank you Reena. And yes, indeed we have. But the tide is turning...and speeding up. :-)

Tamarack Verrall
Jan 15
Jan 15

Dear Lenina,
Just Wow! What a beautiful and powerful call for a world we are imagining together.
"I want to live in a world where I can just run...I believe that women will create this world".
Standing with you,
Tam

Lenina Rassool
Jan 15
Jan 15

Dear Tam,
Thank you so much for the feedback and support. Together we are stronger, together we are creating a new world.
❤ Lenina

Tarke Edith
Jan 15
Jan 15

Hi Lenina
Yes dear we all raally want to leave in that world hahaha.
Let's work very hard as women, this world will be a better place to stay in.
Thanks for sharing sister.

efe
Jan 17
Jan 17

That world you speak about is very possible. Women are strong. They just need to know it

Lenina Rassool
Jan 18
Jan 18

Hi Efe. Yes I agree 100%. So many women still so unaware of our power. But together we rise up and support each other. ❤

ARREY- ECHI
Jan 22
Jan 22

Dear Lenina,
Thank you for sharing this beautiful picture of a world we all so desire. I believe such a world is very possible like you and one day soon, it will come to pass. In the meantime, may we all continue to make our small corners safe spaces and havens for all.

Lavina Cardoza
Jan 22
Jan 22

Such a powerful expression of reality Lenina. Your wish resonates with all of us. Thank you for sharing

Ekitah
Jan 27
Jan 27

Hi Lenina!
This is so inspiring. Thank you so so much for sharing with us.

Patience Nyange
Jan 27
Jan 27

Hi Lenina,

I want to live in your world too, 'this world is there, only that we don't see it.' I love it. So good a world. Thank you for inspiring us to dream and work for a better world.