Being a Gender advocate
Nov 12, 2021
Is not a piece of cake, but I know we all know that.
But I also know that in order for us to continue to motivate ourselves and one another to not bow to challenges that may arise but continue to use our voices to elicit and drive change.
It is the reason why I always say advocacy (of any type) is a calling hence not for the fainthearted, because problems will arise. Challenges will come, sometimes even threats. Because what we seek, is to eliminate old patterns, pull down archaic structures that have sustained for centuries but caused a lot of harm. However, these old patterns and archaic structures benefit some people, and they will fight tooth and nail to protect and preserve it.
Recently, a young lady contacted me seeking for help. The narratives of abuse were unpleasant and upsetting, the saddest thing is her father knows and he keeps sending her back every time. I don’t know what it is about fathers that send their daughters back to their abusive husbands. She needed help, because she did not wish to return to her abuser, so I referred her to WRAPA, but she never went. She is now back with her abuser, who then called to accuse me of wanting to destroy his family.
These are some of the lighter issues gender equality and domestic abuse campaigners face; unexplained hate/threats. But we shall preserve. Women and Girls must be free. I talked about this encounter and serialized it in my vlogs.
Take a listen.