MY AFRICAN DREAM UNFOLDING.....

Sheroo
Posted August 12, 2020 from Zimbabwe

MY AFRICAN DREAM UNFOLDING………

Dreaming was never a thing of the girls

African girls were only taught to dream of a husband

And to be the best you can be for your husband

That’s all you could dream of, marriage, a good husband to please and bear children for

Today we have reclaimed our position in society

We don’t have to shrink to make others shine

We are dancing with power, we are the politicians we want, the ministers we dreamt of

We have seats in parliament and a say in the constitution making process

We now go to primary and secondary school, even universities

We are the lawyers, doctors, engineers and scientists we admired

Who thought we could break the silence?

Who thought we could re-write our destiny?

Who thought we could challenge the very institutions that made us African “women”?

Culture, Religion, Politics

Sisters in the struggle, tainted uncultured every day for challenging the status quo

targeting the things that make us less of humans, whilst being conscious not to destroy our cultural heritage and identity

We remain vigilant until all our sisters see the light, until we free them all, until we make the world see us as good too

That we can do the things that our brothers do, or even be better than them

Until we level the ground, until it is safer for the girl child too, until unnecessary obstacles are no more, until we navigate gender norms and gender roles

So far, we are doing very well, the future is female

We are halfway through our journey, for us its half-full and not half-empty

We have fought many injustices, from Gender Based Violence, female genital mutilation, rape, abuse, unequal treatment at work and unfair representation in “institutions”, domestic violence, to public goods misappropriation in favor of men

More women are taking up active citizenship, women coalitions are sprouting

The rise in numbers of girls in school is growing, more resources are being diverted to women’s’ cause

Our revolution is bearing fruits and the fruits are sweet and too good not to celebrate

In the same spirit, we keep going, we keep bringing the change we want

We work for the Africa we want for women, to achieve gender equality and to one day reach equity

Daring to dream has brought us this far, let’s keep dreaming

So yes 25 years after Beijing we are a success story in the making

 

Poem by Sharon Stella Musonza (24 year old Zimbabwean)

Gender activist-poet and writer

 

 

 

 

This story was submitted in response to From Poetry to Paintings .

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Hello, Sharon,

Welcome to World Pulse, and congratulations on your first post!

Wow! What a powerful piece. I love the build up in every verse. For me, it's like listening to a mellow music then slowly intensifies, blending with the beating of drums.

This resonates with me, "We don’t have to shrink to make others shine." Oh, how I spend decades of shrinking, living small so others shine; how I try to hide my skills so others will not feel threatened; how I walked in eggshells so I won't offend anyone.

Thank you for this! How liberating!

Please continue writing, dear sister! Keep those words coming. Let your words through art be heard!

Sheroo
Aug 13
Aug 13

Thank you so much Karen for welcoming and making me feel warm around here
I'm glad you think the piece is that good, you have no idea how much it means to me

You're welcome, dear sister. Yes, please keep writing so you will inspire more women.

Andrace
Aug 13
Aug 13

Wow! This is fantastic. Welcome to the sisterhood, Sharon. Please, keep the words flowing. Great to have you here.

Like you rightly observed, we are not there yet, but we are not where we were initially. While celebrating our little victories, we'll keep working at total emancipation.

Yes... "we are a success story in the making":)

Sheroo
Aug 13
Aug 13

Thank you my sister its so good to be here. Lets do this!!

valem
Aug 13
Aug 13

thanks so much for sharing how women and girls from Africa are from those value and norm humiliation.

Sheroo
Aug 13
Aug 13

Thank you dear

lemonadelemon
Aug 13
Aug 13

Good one, “Lets make the world see us..women”

Mariama Kallon
Aug 13
Aug 13

Hello sheroo
I feel touched by your peom.
This is a concept of being a woman in Africa back then but not today.
Now we take up top offices and do what best for our nation's.
I hope you continue writing this poems because it really tells the story of where we find ourselves.
Thanks for sharing you are a good writer.

Sheroo
Aug 13
Aug 13

Mariama thank you so much, i wish to continue. I have been writing but not sure where and when to post them. I am glad you found this one touching

ARREY- ECHI
Aug 13
Aug 13

Hello Sharon,
Welcome to World Pulse and thank you for an engaging first post.
This is a beautiful piece narrating the struggles and triumphs of the woman.
The future indeed is female and for the African woman, there is a need to embrace that future without lossing themselves. That's why I find this line resonating.
"targeting the things that make us less of humans, whilst being conscious not to destroy our cultural heritage and identity".
So true on that and that is what I thrive to do. Thank you.
Keep writing.
Love from Cameroon.

Sheroo
Aug 13
Aug 13

Thank you my sister...I believe we should also be proud to be African
I will be sure to keep writing

esther atosha
Aug 13
Aug 13

hello sheroo
i like your poem about african women. thank you for sharing .welcom to the family dear.

UCHE LIN
Aug 13
Aug 13

Wow! This poem is my driving force for motivation and source of inspiration. Honestly, I'm happy that Women and girls in Africa have taken a giant step for their voice to be heard and to correct the wrong impression of girls and women in Africa.
This is time to speak up and change the bad influence and societal norms, beliefs, Traditions and illicit traditional exploitation of girls and women.
Welcome to the world pulse Sis. You're in the right network and together we can make a huge difference.
I can't wait to read more of this.

Sheroo
Aug 13
Aug 13

Thank you sis
I am so humbled

Nini Mappo
Aug 14
Aug 14

I've learnt a lot from this poem, thank you for sharing. What was Beijing?
"Who thought we could challenge the very institutions that made us African women?"

That is beautiful, and a powerful call to redefine what it is to be an African woman. Because we are no longer only African women. We are global too, and we need to outgrow traditions and customary inhibitions to be African, and global!

Thank you for such a great poem, and welcome to World Pulse :)

Sheroo
Aug 17
Aug 17

so true thank you my sister
check out the resolutions of Beijing Platform for action!!!

Sophia Ngugi
Aug 14
Aug 14

Yes, my sister! Our dreams are valid and we keep dreaming more. I love this. We are a success in the making and we keep on until the last woman and girl is empowered

Sheroo
Aug 17
Aug 17

Lets do this!!

Suzan
Aug 14
Aug 14

An amazing piece with such depth and honesty. Love the power poetry brings. Keep it up sister and a big welcome.

Sheroo
Aug 17
Aug 17

Makes us express the deepest things we feel in our hearts!!

KATEMIRI
Aug 14
Aug 14

Hi Sharon!
Welcome to worldpulse, your story is so true, it reminds me of alot...
Thank you. Hugs

Sheroo
Aug 17
Aug 17

I'm glad it stirs something in you thanks

Tamarack Verrall
Aug 15
Aug 15

Hello Sharon,
This is a beautiful poem, declaration, documentation and inspiration. You are a gifted writer! And leader, in showing what has been accomplished, and what is involved in continuing forward together.
"Who thought we could break the silence? Who thought we could re-write our destiny?" Indeed. This is what we are here to do, together. A big welcome to World Pulse. It is so good to have you here.

Sheroo
Aug 17
Aug 17

Thank you, it is good to be here too

Queen Sheba D Cisse
Aug 15
Aug 15

Bravo dear Sheroo!
Congratulations on your first story. Yes we can be and strive ALL we want to become.
There is no stopping us to realize our full potential if we give ourselves the opportunity to dream and think BIG!
I am delighted to read and meet you here and I encourage you to keep the inspiring mindset of this wonderful writing!
Mama Queen

Sheroo
Aug 17
Aug 17

I was not so sure I could write something that can inspire others and tell my story. I joined World Purse a while ago but was too scared to write

Chidimma
Aug 15
Aug 15

Hello Dear Sharon,
A warm welcome to Worldpulse. Beautiful and we'll written poem. Each lines makes me feel important as a woman. Women are born to be great. Keep sharing.
Love
Chidimma.

Sheroo
Aug 17
Aug 17

we are wonderful creatures!!

MUKABA ZAWADI
Aug 17
Aug 17

Thank you for sharing, it's very interesting for the parity of women

Sheroo
Aug 18
Aug 18

Thank you my sister I'm glad you see it that way

Metiege Noel Eve
Aug 17
Aug 17

Thank GOD for the new dreams of the African woman. Our new realities can now enable us to live fulfilled lives and thank you for sharing

Sheroo
Aug 18
Aug 18

Indeed, together we can do this

Michael Kelly
Aug 17
Aug 17

Hello Sharon,
This was such a good and most powerful read! I commend you for your eye opening stance on the well deserved natural uprising of women's rights and sheer accomplishments. This is not just relevant in Africa, but world wide!

Sheroo
Aug 18
Aug 18

We are all sisters in the struggle....sisterhood knows no boundaries

Catherine De Freitas

Hello sis, welcome :) You have been given a Mantle. Your Pen is powerful. Continue to inspire. A light you are to women everywhere. Love and blessings.

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Elisa Tegha
Aug 18
Aug 18

Waoh sister nice write up.
So inspiring.l love this,women must be safe from every form of cultural bondage.Let's keep the light shining. More Grace dear

Sheroo
Aug 19
Aug 19

Thank you my dear

Carine Fola fomduwir

my dear you are so right. our parent kept limiting us but today we are breaking limits .
thanks for sharing

Justyneema
Aug 20
Aug 20

Ohh dear Sheroo, i really enjoy your poem! welcome and continue to share with us!! I love it

Olutosin
Aug 21
Aug 21

Thank you very much for sharing this beautiful poem. Its out reality.

Tumanjong Miranda
Aug 28
Aug 28

Hello Sharon,
You just hit the nail on the right spot!
Kuddos!
Welcome to world pulse!
Hope keeping safe!?
Much love, Miranda

Isaura Diniz
Sep 02
Sep 02

Sharon, this was truly beautiful and inspirational.
Thank you for sharing, the world needed this.