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F*E*A*R

/fiә/

noun 

  1. A very unpleasant or disturbing emotion caused by the presence or imminence of danger, pain or harm.photoPhoto taken from SA People News.

It is 2016 and it has only gotten worse and grown hightened. Every thought is based on it. What route do I walk? Can I skip the run today? Is this dress asking for attention? Does this top reveal too much? Does anyone know where I am going? Is this place too quiet? Should I stop at this red robot? Can you go with me so that I am not alone?

The fear I feel is echoed by my sister, my mother, my friends and my sisterhood. We know it, we act brave but it gets the best of us. We hear it like the whispers of your comments as we pass by.

We know our rights, we know what we deserve, we know the dangers we face just by baring the body we have. We are aware of them sitting on the corner, shouting things, watching us, trying to own us or intimidate us or instil the fear we already acknowledge.

It is 2016 and you still haven’t changed.

Today and Tonight, like every night and every day; we shall walk, sing, cry, beg, share and pray. For change, for acknowledgment and for respect.

We; women need you; men to listen and to talk to your fellow brothers, fathers, sons, cousins, colleagues and friends and create change. We don’t need to remind us women of our fears we share or of our rights. We need to tell the men to change, to unite with us, to help, to speak out and to respect us.

It is 2016, it is time to listen, to acknowledge and change.

To all our fallen angels; young girls, womyn, mothers, sisters and lovers. Your death matters. We hear it.

Walk with! Walk for every girl in every community! Walk for change! In Khayelitsha at 12pm today!  http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/2016/03/12/March-planned-for-murdered-Khayelitsha-woman-Sinoxolo-Mafevuka

In Tokai Forest at 6pm this evening. https://www.facebook.com/events/538211859694069/

 

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WHY I STAND?

Mahlala
Malala Yousafzai

I have always been an angry worded beggar for change; in the world and in everyone I know. I sometimes feel that I stand for too many things, I want to see change in EVERYTHING and get de-motivated by the lack of progressiveness in our modern society. After fighting many social media battles, sharing post after post to try share the love for all; races, animals, genders, sexualities, equality and empowerment for people of colour and for women. The fight seems to land on deafened ears and shut eyes. But I have slowly started to see all the change many people I know across the creative industry begin to use their privilege and platform to speak out, to create change, to help those that need it most and to support those trying. I want to share and support companies, individuals and groups that are creating platforms, hustling for change and helping towards a progressive modern day story telling of our own people and own land. This is all about South Africa; the youth, the potential, the defying of social structures in all things from fashion, film, NGO’s, entrepreneurs, media and major platforms. I wish to share with the world what we have to offer and what everyone should support. To bring attention to tough things we need to discuss. I hope to inspire change and pro-gress.

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful”. Malala Yousafzai.