No longer Invisible

Posted March 4, 2010 from Zimbabwe

Therefore i will not keep silent.I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit, i will complain in the bitterness of my soul. (JOB 7 vs 11). As we approach International Women's Day, i find this verse quite inspirational. It conjures into my mind the women who are suffering is silence, the defenseless woman whose bare chest is ripped by bullets in Dafur, the starved and hungry woman in Haiti, the lesbian whose life is threatened by the Bahati Bill in Uganda and the woman who has to toil for survival in Zimbabwe. All these women from different parts of the world, but with one thing in common, their excruciating pain. I am not a sadist and i don't mean to paint a gloomy picture, but yes, they are all victims of circumstances, victims of men's insatiable appetite for power,victims of corrupt systems, victims of patriarchy where men make decisions on behalf of these women under guise of culture.

I feel that on such a day, Women have nothing to celebrate. How can I celebrate when my fellow sister is bound by chains of misery, battered and bruised . When women in Zimbabwe are beaten to the pulp by police armed to teeth when they dare mobilise to raise their concerns as citizens, when the South African lesbian women are exposed to HIV/AIDS through curative rape and the Kenyan Albino woman's life is in peril. Women bear the brunt of social , economic and political woes.Yet, they are often treated with very little or no respect.Where i come from they say where two elephants mate its the grass that suffers. This is true of women who are often at the receiving end where men's hunger for power and love for glory meet, it appears no one else matters. Today because of such rapacity countries are war torn and reeling in poverty, it is women who have to take the toll.

At times i am over whelmed with emotion and i feel i cannot do anything for all these women, then i realize i have a voice. I might be small in stature and not have the muscle to wrestle, but my voice will not fail me, it will continue shouting until women are respected,appreciated and emancipated it will continue shouting.

To all women i say the things that divide us are nothing compared to the power that binds us. Its' no use hating a fellow sister because of race, sexual orientation or past mistakes. Together we can make some noise wherever you are, make use of that voice.

International Women's Day 2010: Women Can Build the Bridges of Social Change

Comments 4

  • Jade Frank
    Mar 04, 2010
    Mar 04, 2010


    I hear you loud and clear and your voice has sent chills down my spine. You are a talented writer and a visionary with a voice for leading. I love this line especially, "I might be small in stature and not have the muscle to wrestle, but my voice will not fail me, it will continue shouting until women are respected,appreciated and emancipated it will continue shouting."

    Keep shouting Milestah, we are listening and wish to shout along with you!

    In friendship, Jade

  • Milestah
    Mar 05, 2010
    Mar 05, 2010

    Hie Jade Thank you so much for your comment and believing in my voice,lets continue making noise one day we shall rejoice. Regards and best wishes Miles

  • gayle kimball
    Mar 09, 2010
    Mar 09, 2010

    Dear Milestah, I am inspired by your concern for women's rights. I think of the slogan "Think globally and act locally." Hello. I’m writing a book about global youth viewpoints and would be very appreciative of your help getting these questions to young people 19 and younger who would like to be part of my book. I have translations of the questions in various languages. Thanks, Gayle

    Greetings from California. I'm writing a book that gives you and other young people around the world an opportunity to say what's on your mind. This is your chance to be heard. Many of you have wonderful suggestions for how to make our world a better to live in, so I'm asking people age 19 and under to respond to 10 questions. I’ll compare your answers by age, gender, and location. See for the questions and photos of schools and students I’ve visited on three continents. Also see (I’ve written other peer-based books for youth, including The Teen Trip: The Complete Resource Guide and How to Survive Your Parents’ Divorce: Kids’ Advice to Kids.) Please also forward to kids and their teachers so they can be part of the global youth book. Thanks, Gayle Kimball, Ph.D.

    1. If you could ask a question of the wisest person in the world, what would you ask her or him about life?
    2. What bothers you in your daily life? What practice best helps you stay calm?
    3. If there was one thing you could change about adults, what would it be?
    4. What would you like to change about yourself?
    5. What do you like to do for fun?
    6. When have you felt most loved by someone else?
    7. Why do you think you’re here on earth; what’s your purpose?
    8. On a scale of 1 to 100, how highly would you grade your school? Why?
      1. What work would you like to do when you're an adult?
      2. If you were the leader of your country, what changes would you make?
    9. Imagine you get to write on a T-shirt going on a trip around the world. What do you want your T-mail to say to people?

    What questions are missing that you’d like to answer? Your email. . . . . . . What first name would you like used in the book to quote you? How old are you? Girl or boy? What city and country do you live in? Gracias! Merci! Danke! Arrigato! Chi chi!

    Previous Books: Essential Energy Tools book and 3 videos. 21st Century Families: Blueprints for Family-Friendly Workplaces, Schools and Governments. (Equality Press) How to Create Your Ideal Workplace (Equality Press) The Teen Trip: The Complete Resource Guide (Equality Press) 50/50 Parenting (Lexington Books) 50/50 Marriage (Beacon Press) ed. Everything You Need to Know to Succeed After College (Equality Press) How to Survive Your Parents' Divorce (Equality Press) ed. Women's Culture (Scarecrow Press) ÿ > > > > Ed. Women's Culture Revisited. (Scarecrow Press, 2005)

  • Milestah
    Mar 10, 2010
    Mar 10, 2010

    Hie Gayle

    Thank you so much for your comment. Yes sure i will get the information you require , will be keeping you updated.

    regards and best wishes.

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