English translation by community member Liz Poulsen

Abused woman

I put you in the world, I taught you to walk and talk

In addition, I sent you to school, despite my poverty

Abused woman

Today, now that you are an adult, you dare to point a finger at me, insult me, and deny me

Abused woman

I remember giving myself over to the hard work of cultivating the earth to be able to pay your school fees, dress you, and feed you

Abused woman

I did not have the chance to study because my father used to say that only men should study and that women were good for motherhood and housework

Abused woman

How will I claim my rights, when I do not know them

I am not educated, I was forced at age twelve to marry a man who was three times as old as me

Abused woman

This stranger whom I was forced to live with has shattered by dreams and has prevented me from making a personal choice to live a life with true love

Abused woman

He is allowed to take a second wife and to sell the property for which I have suffered so much

Today I'm left with nothing

Abused woman

This woman who so coveted my husband left him after taking everything from us

Abused woman

Just before we die, we no longer have anything

I decide, then, to go to a literacy center to at least learn to read and write

Abused woman

Fortunately for me someone taught me to read and write. In addition to that, I receive courses about my rights and duties as a woman

Abused woman

I applied to a job offer and passed my test with flying colors

I was called for the interview and everything went well

But on my first day of work, the boss asks to first have sex with me

Abused woman

Women are sexually abused to obtain points in school or in university

Women are sexually harassed to get a job or a promotion at work

Women are discriminated against regarding family inheritance

Women are discriminated against regarding education

Let us raise our voices with women around the world to claim the protection of women's rights

 

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Dear Mayele,

This is such a powerful and important piece of writing. For one, the structure of the writing creates a very deep and emotional response in me because you make me see that this could be about any woman who is living in an oppressed society -- even me. It is also effective by showing the very hard work women do to make their lives better, but how social structures allow that hard work to be denigrated. Then, you end on such a positive note, of the work that women can do together to make change for women everywhere. This is a wonderful gift of writing that you have! Thank you for sharing this piece here.  Leslie

 

Leslie Stoupas

Thank you, Mayele. This poem is so powerful. Like Leslie, I feel it could be about any woman, and it grieves me that our society is struggling with this still. The poem paints a solemn picture that seems to shift with the "decision" and then is so sad again with "But" toward the end. I hope we can indeed raise our voices together to create another shift.

Warmly,

Kat

Dear Mayele,

As I write this, I still have goosebumps. I want to thank you so much for sharing with us this beautiful and tragic poem. It has really made me stop and reflect on the horrible realities that so many women of the world still face today. Realities which should no longer exist in this day and age. Upon reading your poem, I feel such a sense of powerlessness and such a distance. I wish so badly that I could do more to improve the horrific circumstance of so many "abused women". And then I realize that this is perhaps one of the more important things we could be doing to help. As you plead in your poem, "Let us raise our voices with women around the world to claim the protection of women's rights." There is no better way to make a large-scale change than by banding together and demanding change. I want to thank you again for reminding us of the strength and determination it takes to get by in some places of the world, and ultimately, in the power that we women have to create a better world for all.

Hope to hear more from you soon. I wish you nothing but the best!

Pilar 

Dear Leslie 

Thank you for your comment.What i wrote is the reality of my country,i wonder what is the situation in your.Could you share with me something regarding this issue.

Take care.

Myriam

Mayele , Maman shujaa and World Pulse volunteer

Dear KatJP

I also hope we can indeed raise our voices together to create another shift.I am so grateful that you appreciated my piece.Thanks to Emily we are able to communicate in writing our ideas.

Warm Regards

Myriam

Mayele , Maman shujaa and World Pulse volunteer

Dear Pilar

It is indeed true that women are able to make a brighter day for future generation.

So let make it now because tomorrow is build  now.

Thank you for appreciating my piece.

Myriam

 

Mayele , Maman shujaa and World Pulse volunteer

Dear Mayele,

This peom is hearbreakingly beautiful. You are able to explain yourself and your experience and how it relates to other women. Thank you for this.

Maggie B

Maggie B

Dear Maggie

Thank you very much for your appreciation.

I really like writing,i think that if i had the opportunity of growing up in a developed country i would have been a writer.

But still the moment i have the chance of writing on world pulse it a great favor i got.

I hope to see you soon on line

Thank you

Mayele , Maman shujaa and World Pulse volunteer