Hello lovely people!
Last week, we celebrated International Women’s Day, and in honour of that, I dedicated the entire week to women by covering 5 incredible women from all walks of life.
The five phenomenal women I covered were:
- Patricia Bright
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Adelle Onyango
- Scola Dondo
- Atiewin Mbillah-Lawson
These women have changed the world in their own ways and have impacted the lives of many.
The reason I chose to cover women, specifically African women, was to change the narrative. In many areas across this beautiful continent, women have often been put down and belittled simply because of their gender. Many have been denied opportunities to go to school, work and basically live their lives. Life has basically been set out for them and there’s little chance of escaping.
“African women in general need to know that it’s OK for them to be the way they are – to see the way they are as a strength, and to be liberated from fear and from silence.”Wangari Maathai
Writing these stories show that the women of this continent can rise up against the barriers set against them. We can all draw inspiration from them as we all face difficulties on a daily as women…
It’s important to create a balanced story and not just stick to the one of the oppressed female. Writing about and seeing strong women not only creates a balanced story, but shows that we can break down the walls, one block at a time. As I said/wrote before, revealing the good makes the bad, good and revealing the bad makes the good, better.
“I write about African women, that’s really my topic. I have no shame or qualm in it because it’s a very underrepresented topic, which is part of the reason I started to write.”Danai Gurira
For the men reading this, you can also draw inspiration from these women. We’re all human, after all. There’s a lot to take from these stories, as they reveal the lives and struggles women face day after day after day.
You can make the world a better place by fighting with and for women, for their rights. You’ve seen the power of an educated woman this week. You’ve seen the power of an enlightened woman this week. You’ve seen the power of an empowered woman this week. If such women can change the world in their own ways, imagine if more girls were educated, enlightened and empowered just as they were, if not more. The world would be much greater than it is today! Africa would be much greater than it is today! Isn’t that amazing? Food for thought…
“Investing in women is smart economics, and investing in girls, catching them upstream, is even smarter economics.“Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
I appeal to all readers to encourage every girl child you come across. Encourage her to be independent, educated, empowered and enlightened among many other positive qualities. One girl/woman can change the world.
Here’s to the inspiring women and the little girls who will become inspiring women!
When I went back home, I was constantly being reminded, I’m an African woman, and so there are certain things I shouldn’t do, certain ambitions that I should not entertain. That was a problem for me because I had never thought of myself as an African woman, never thought of myself as a woman to begin with. For me the limit was my capacity, my capability.Wangari Maathai
Thank you for reading and I hope the various stories this week have impacted you, as they have me.
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Have a beautiful week ahead of you!
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