I Stand with Her

lizzymark
Posted November 12, 2019 from Nigeria

I am one who is always looked down on,I am one who is called weak,I am one who carries my  burden and that of others

I am the pillar of any firm wall I am the reason the world still get its increase,I am the picture of a stable and peaceable world

Yet I am the object of shame,pain,mockery,insults and disgrace, what an irony

Its a disgrace when I come out to greet my neighbors with a battered face isn't it a shame when I can't walk with my head up high on the streets of my community isn't it a mockery of who I am when am used as an object for sex and a machine for child bearing instead of a partner and companion

Am beaten and asked not to cry am abused and asked not to speak when I carry a swollen face I tell people it was an accident

When will it all stop when will my abuser learn that am not a punching bag when will it be told that I also have a right to life and happiness

Am tired I need someone to listen you have always heard but never listened am dying am loosing me can you hear my cry can you notice am right beside, behind and before you.

In a world of violence and abuse she is alone,we must intentionally and consciously take note of her and the pain she goes through each day, She is the woman abused by him,he tells her you can't tell no one,you are my property,I own you,you are worth nothing you are only good at what I say you are.

This is not true:I am beautiful,strong,priceless,a rear gem,able,capable, industrious and I can be anybody and anything I choose to be. I have the mind,the courage, the grace,the ability and I choose to run the SHOW!!

STOP THE VIOLENCE AND ABUSE ON WOMEN,FOR HEAR AND NOW I STAND WITH HER. AND TOGETHER WE ARE #POSSIBLE

 

This story was submitted in response to #IStandWithHer.

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Lisbeth
Nov 12
Nov 12

Dear Lizzy,
Thanks for sharing your story with us on I stand with her. It's indeed an irony to be mistaken for who you are.
I hope you have a nice day.
Regards

lizzymark
Nov 12
Nov 12

Thanks dear.

Jill Langhus
Nov 13
Nov 13

Hello Dear Lizzy,

Is this story about you? Are you still being abused, dear? I hope not:-( And, yes, abuse needs to stop. I stand with every abused woman, dear. It's intolerable:-( We are here for you, if you are going through this. Let us know how we can help.

XX

lizzymark
Nov 13
Nov 13

Thanks Jill,but its out of other women's experience around me its not mine.

Jill Langhus
Nov 15
Nov 15

You're welcome. Oh, okay. Thanks for clarifying.

Poor thing:-(

maeann
Nov 13
Nov 13

Hi Lizzy,

Yes, you are what you believe and I stand for you!

lizzymark
Nov 13
Nov 13

Thanks Maeann.

Hello, Lizzy,

Thank you for raising your voice against gender-based violence. This is such a powerful statement," This is not true:I am beautiful,strong,priceless,a rear gem,able,capable, industrious and I can be anybody and anything I choose to be. I have the mind,the courage, the grace,the ability and I choose to run the SHOW!!"

I love it! Keep writing, dear! Have a great day.

lizzymark
Nov 15
Nov 15

Thank you Karen.

You're welcome, dear.

Anita Shrestha
Nov 14
Nov 14

good work

lizzymark
Nov 15
Nov 15

Thanks

kabahenda
Nov 21
Nov 21

Very well articulated!
I encourage you to continue speaking out through your beautiful poetry.

Yes, women need to stand with other women, but we need to do more.

I encourage you to spread your message to the powers that be: chiefs, community, Church leaders and men and women elders.
They have female children, sisters, aunts and they would not want them to come to harm.

Perhaps we women have been talking to ourselves and now we need to engage men who sympathise with your cause.

Perhaps they will listen, perhaps they willl join the cause, and together we may begin to see small changes.

Keep up the good fight. "We shall overcome some day."