Zimbabwe’s mbira maestro Chiwoniso sings to the story of a woman freedom fighter in her country’s war of liberation and the realities of so many women who fought for Africa to be free– of being sidelined, undermined, not celebrated like the fighters they were! Rebel woman……
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That year, her grades dropped. It wasn’t a gentle decline. She went from always being one of the three top performers across all her subjects to hedging with failure. Because she didn’t loose her unbending cheer, or fall off her sports teams, the teachers misread her. Report cards would go home with the words “bad set of friends” scrawled all over them, or “teenage tantrums” in the case of teachers who thought they should have had a prestigious career in the world of Psychology, rather than rub chalk off their fingers with damp cloths at the end of a 45 minute class period.
From her debut poetry chapbook Speaking in Tongues, Jessica Horn’s solidarity poem for women facing sexual violence.
Sista, why do you run?
(dedicated to those women who have not survived sexual violence)
been a long time
in these bruised bones
long time in my rituals
of burnt eyes
and painted smile.