Until - In answer to the question "Why do you need a Women's Movement?"

Tamarack Verrall
Posted May 27, 2017 from Canada
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Until girls are not killed at birth for being girls

Until we are welcomed for the gifts that we are

Until every girl goes to school

No more attacks from uncles, brothers, cousins, fathers, grandfathers,


No more keeping us indoors.

Until forced marriages end,

No more selling,

No more indentured labor,

No telling us what to wear.

Until there is no more violence, no more beating up, no more rape,

Until there is no more acid thrown in faces,

No more honour killing,

No more cutting, no more girls screaming in pain,

Until no more hot rocks are pushed against budding breasts,

No more breast ironing

By mothers, out of fear for their daughters becoming women,

Until we are cherished, respected, safe from the fear

That some man will rape us, will rape her,

Without fear

That I will, that she will, that they will

Disappear tomorrow and be discovered dead in a river,

In a barn, in a brothel somewhere far away from home,

Or in her home.

Until womanhood is held sacred,

And every girl has what she needs when she bleeds,

Until untouchable is a word of the past,

And seclusion is chosen, never forced,

And until old women are free of forced mourning in mourning huts,

Until no woman loses her home and land when a husband dies,

Until no woman is forced to marry his brother or lead a secluded life,

Or a life on the street,

Or pushed into a ditch to die in fire, labelled a witch.

Until women live freely and safely with dignity,

Until there is no more

Ridiculing of young single mothers,

Scathing rebukes for loving without knowledge,

For birthing without health care,

For mothering without community,

Until girls do not disappear into slavery,

Until there is no more pornography,

No more taunting words and grabbing and threats

For being alone on a walk, for being alone on the way to school,

On the way to work, on the way to friends,

On the way to meet a lover, on the way to read a book in the park,

On the way to drive a car,

On the way to do whatever we want with our days, our evenings, our nights.

Until we have the time and space and liberty to write and speak and meet,

Until all women speakers and journalists in jails are freed,

Until we are not held captive and tortured

For speaking the same words as these,

Until our words are free and heard.

Until this world built on violence and corruption,

Selfishness and squandering,

Money hoarded offshore is

Brought back to the communities it is stolen from,

Distributed to the people who mined those mines,

The farmers who fed theircommunities,

To the schools, the hospitals,

Until poverty is ended, medicine available

Until people and animals are not dying from

Chemicals in our water and land,

And endless wars over wealth,

While we witness the ruination of our magnificent earth.

Until the truth of what women have done and do is known,

Until our wisdom and beauty is understood,

Until women emerge from these lives, imprisoned and controlled,

This containing of our spirits, the forced silence of our graves,

Until every girl grows up strong and free, her opinions heard,

Until we have the time and space and liberty to write and speak and meet,

Until we formnew leadership for this world,

Until the brilliance of our leadership soars,

Our writing of history,

The truth of the past,

The truth of now,

The emergence of visionary ideas,

Connected with each other globally,

Celebrating each step forward,

Until every woman lives free.

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Jill Langhus
May 28, 2017
May 28, 2017

Amen, Tam:) Thanks for sharing...

Tamarack Verrall
Jun 13, 2017
Jun 13, 2017

Thanks Jlanghus,

Your support always means a lot.

In sisterhood,


Jill Langhus
Jun 14, 2017
Jun 14, 2017

You're very welcome:)

Francisca Robles
Jun 02, 2017
Jun 02, 2017

Beautiful post! I don´t know if there is gonna be a day were everything is going to be ok for ever. But I am really sure that every day is better for being a woman in this world. That is happening thanks to each one of us, talking and sharing our stories. A big hug for you!

Tamarack Verrall
Jun 13, 2017
Jun 13, 2017

Hi Fran,

Thanks so much for your comment, and for the hug. I agree, we have a huge job ahead and at the same time, I have never been so hopeful as now finding our WorldPulse connections with each other, and knowing how much is being done everywhere.

In sisterhood,


Jun 05, 2017
Jun 05, 2017

Hello Tamarack,

This is lovely. I am inspired. of course "Until every woman lives freely"

Keep up the good work.



Jun 11, 2017
Jun 11, 2017


What a wonderful piece!

"Until every woman lives free, until our opinions are heard,until we are not held captive and tortured," we have to keep talking, writing,speaking out and possibly shouting until we are truly free.

Thank you for sharing.



Tamarack Verrall
Jun 13, 2017
Jun 13, 2017

Thank you Adanna,

I am so glad you liked this piece. I love that we are all within World Pulse speaking out wherever we are. I agree, sometimes we must be loud, despite the accusations that we are too loud. There is no "too loud" given what we know and the urgency that we face in creating change. I feel you there.

With love in sisterhood,


Tebi Honourine
Jun 18, 2017
Jun 18, 2017

Until young single mothers are not rediculed.

This caught my attention as a concerned. I hope to see every young single mother bridge that gap with action and commitment. Change mind sets with community work and empowerment.

Single mothers can do much greater things towards creating a change for development.

Thank you Tam for this excellent poem of Until girls........?

Keep connected.

Tamarack Verrall
Jun 18, 2017
Jun 18, 2017

Thanks Tebi, What you are doing is so important.

Jun 13, 2017
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Kika Katchunga
Jun 22, 2017
Jun 22, 2017

Que sa soit ainsi dans le nom de jésus christ Amen. Merci pour le partage