I’m from a place where gender-based violence is a daily practice
I’m from a land where perpetrators are protected and where actual victims are ignored
I’m from a nation which is respected by many nations, but which is failing to respect its female citizens
I’m from a country called South Africa
A country where women are crying a red sea.
I am from a place where the justice system favours men
Where too much injustice is being done to women
I’m from a land with broken laws
Where women are dictated too even by lawmakers
I’m from a country where women are screaming loudly with sad voices for justice, protection and dignity, but no one is hearing their call.
I’m from a nation where women are murdered, raped and abused but no one is held accountable for their suffering.
I’m from a place where women are still oppressed by their male counterparts
I’m from a nation where women are still perceived as mere child givers and deminished to mere housekeepers.
I am from a land that is failing to recognize the role of women
Where a male child is filled with anger and violence against women
I’m from a country where women are living in fear, fearing their own spouse.
Where an uncle can never be trusted with a girl child.
I’m from a place where hunger and poverty prevail
A place where a girl child suffers the most.
I am from a country where women and children are begging for food on the streets
A place that forces a girls child to sell her own body for survival.
I’m from a land where young women are found sleeping on the streets
I am from a place that is called the rainbow nation
A rainbow with colours not bright enough to shine for its women.