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DRC: To You, My Beloved Daughter

esther atosha
Posted October 6, 2021 from Democratic Republic of the Congo

In a poetic letter to her daughter, Esther imagines a future where technology has helped women eradicate gender injustice. 

“Technology has given us freedom of expression and the chance to be heard worldwide. 
I am writing this letter to you, my beloved daughter, so that you may know —

To you, my beloved daughter:

Now, we are living in a generation of equal opportunities for men and for women.
But know that in my time there was violation of women’s rights.

I am writing this letter to you so that you will know where we come from.


To you, my beloved daughter:

Your mom is of a generation where women were considered less than men. 
Your mom comes from a generation where being born a woman was considered ill luck.
She comes from a generation where women’s futures were sacrificed for the happiness of men,
where women suffered immense violence.

I am writing this letter to you so that you will know where we come from.


To you, my beloved daughter:

Your mom is from the Democratic Republic of Congo, 
a country whose history was marred by violence.
Your mom is of a generation that was defined mostly by poverty, 
poverty that deprived her of the right to attend college.

But I am writing this letter to you, my beloved daughter.

To you, my beloved daughter:

Your mom suffered physical and verbal abuse;
they told her that she would end up like her ancestors, that she was shabby.
Your mom has experienced circumstances where she was forced to exchange her body for certain benefits.
Your mom refused to define herself according to that generation of injustice.

I am writing this letter to you so that you understand where we come from.

To you, my beloved daughter:

Your mom discovered a friend who changed her life.
That friend gave everything to help your mom break free of her comfort zone.
Your mom attended university thanks to that friend’s support;
thanks to that friend, women's lives have changed now forever.

I am writing this letter to you, my beloved daughter.

To you, my beloved daughter:

This friend is called “Technology”.
Women leaders across the world used technology as a strategy to uplift those around them.
Your mom joined in and used technology to transform generations.

I'm writing this letter so that you know where we come from.
 

To you, my beloved daughter:

Do you remember the stories I have told you of the COVID-19 pandemic?
Your mom comes from a generation when humanity was struck by a great pandemic.
Your mom and everyone the world over were forced to stay at home.
Your mom could no longer gather with people or walk outside during that season.
Your mom used technology to have something to feed you.
Your mom used technology and social networks to meet with others and to strategize.

I am writing this letter to you, my beloved daughter.

To you, my beloved daughter:

I would like you to know that technology will always be there to meet many of your needs.
Technology has allowed us to speak out against gender-based violence;
Technology has allowed us to reduce poverty and unemployment;
Technology has given us freedom of expression and the chance to be heard worldwide.
Never shy away from technology—because it will always have an answer!

I am writing this letter to you, my beloved daughter, so that you may know —

 


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megsmueller
Oct 06
Oct 06

Hello Esther
Congratulations to you! Please write more.

All the best and much love to you!

esther atosha
Oct 07
Oct 07

Thank you so much dear .
Indeed i will

Tesleemah
Oct 06
Oct 06

Technology is one of the great gift that has ever happened to human beings most especially women. Through it, we gain the strength and courage to speak up and our voices being heard across the whole world.

Thanks so much.

esther atosha
Oct 07
Oct 07

And because of technology am reading your good comment
Thank you so much dear

Jill Langhus
Oct 07
Oct 07

Hello, Esther, Dear,

Congrats on your story award!! Thanks for sharing your sad, but inspiring poem, dear. XX

esther atosha
Oct 07
Oct 07

Hello Jill, Dear
The world need to know ups and downs that we’ve been in favor of society well being
Thank you so much dear, I appreciate

Jill Langhus
Oct 08
Oct 08

Totally! You're very welcome, dear.

Hope you have a good weekend. XX

ceegrah
Oct 07
Oct 07

Congrats Esther. Sad and inspiring. Technology had indeed helped in bridging some gaps.

Much Love

esther atosha
Oct 12
Oct 12

thank you so much dear
i appreciate

maeann
Oct 07
Oct 07

Hi Esther, congratulations on your featured story.

Your poem is timely for the next generation especially that we are now in the digital age. Keep writing.

esther atosha
Oct 12
Oct 12

hello dear !
thank you so much for your support. i will

Efe Omordia
Oct 08
Oct 08

Beautiful words from the heart and I felt a pang of sadness for women who have to go through indignity

I hope your daughter would grow to meet a world where kindness is the way of life

esther atosha
Oct 12
Oct 12

Dear Efe Am glad that my story touches you!
This realy make me understand that no mattter how bad we feel our strory is. it is designed to couragage and touch hearts .

Shirley Asiedu-Addo
Oct 08
Oct 08

Esther...I feel the liberation... Beautiful letter. Love to you

esther atosha
Oct 12
Oct 12

shirley
thank you soo much.
sending love over there

Joshua Oyedele
Oct 09
Oct 09

Absolutely true, how in a word where we have reduced the vocal expression of every woman to nought. Thanks to technology. Keep spreading your hope to the future.

Tamarack Verrall
Oct 10
Oct 10

Dear Esther,
The beauty of your poem to your daughter, the openness of all you have experienced and the power of having access to technology wrung my heart out as I imagined the good fortune of your daughter to have a mother like you. My mother was in her 50's before she told me of the abuse she had suffered from an uncle. I love how you describe technology as an ally, available to make so much possible for girls.

Phinnie
Oct 11
Oct 11

Esther--
What a powerful letter to your daughter! Thank-you for sharing and congratulations on your well-deserved story award!
Peace to you and your daughter,
Phinnie

Sharon Makunura
Oct 13
Oct 13

Wonderful to read