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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/