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Our Voices Booklet

A note from the editor Katswe Sisterhood –

Dear Reader,

Thank you for supporting the our voices project and taking the time to read this publication. Within it you will find chapters that feature submissions from artists in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Some of these women tell stories we have continually heard over the years and others bring topics not previously identified under the 12 critical areas of the Beijing declaration and POA.

You will find women telling stories inspired by personal truths and women using art to arouse deep conversation and feeling.

I really hope you enjoy it as I have enjoyed editing it.

Many thanks once again to our partners at OSISA, Urgent Action Fund Africa, Ford Foundation and Katswe Sistahood: without your support we would not have been able to breathe life into this idea and provide a platform where young women’s voice and art are celebrated. We hope to receive your continued support and that it allows this to become the first of many similar projects.

Download below:

katswesistahood.net/wp-content/uploads/Downloadable/Sept_2020/Our-Voices-2020_sml.pdf

aesthetically pleasing

Look

You see something about me that you like. 

It could be the eyes, the hair, the body, the colour or the legs 

You fixate on that, because what worthy person doesn’t have a perfect this or that, right? 

Well, her character is “slightly” off but maybe I can mould her into the wife or partner I want. 

Stop

If you take a moment and try to get to know me, you would know I cannot and will not be molded 

I am a complete person. 

Unfortunately, despite everyone’s best efforts I have accepted and love myself for who I am.  

Listen 

I will not accept those that fantasize about what I could be, should be and will never be;

All the while never valuing what I actually am 

Understood?