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She Is An Army: Tawanda Madondo (Vote4Me-#EssayContest)

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A writer once wrote and I qoute’That which does not kill you, surely makes you stronger’.Thats the quote every African Woman leans on all the days of her life with a hope of a brighter day as endures al the hardships whilst fighting her silent battles. She is a one man army.

Each and every morning she gets ready for a new war after another of yesterday.She wakes up covering her wounds, making everything look as perfect as it can be after she was beaten by her own husband last night,a common incidence to her life since she got married.She dresses up her husband,her victimiser,the same man who has been inflicting pain on her each and every night of her wretched marriage.What can she do? Society has labelled her as inferior thus she has to give in to everything even victimisation.

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Society has given all the rights of her life into the hands of a man who supposedly believes he bought her.Highly educated yet she has been labelled as only a housewife, when het husband says no its a no even on her personal dreams.She has been deemed as a person who isn’t supposed to dream except drivr other peoples dreams.Yet all the setbacks,she never backs down because she’s the army general in her children’s lives.She can’t give up because of her dreams and het inner desire to see her children succeed in life.

She fights a war fought without ammunition, determination and desire are her only weapons.She thrives to see her children become better women and men than she has known . Although living in a society were is undermined and recognized as the inferior gender in society, she does all she can to live above that status.

She finally stands up for her rights just like any top general would do.She says enough is enough and when she says that she is now determined to escape the undermined level of those who accept to live undermined by society.Just like any other nation under the rule of oppression she stands up with that same urge of displeasure to her oppressers.She rises with that very same hunger for freedom.

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Society has left her with no othet option rather than to declare warfare on her oppressors.She is now the liberation war hero of her own life and all the other young women that follow.She gathers her army, the army soldiers being her own confidence.She imports all the firepower for fighting the war with, the firepower being her own attitude.She then embarks onng military training , being acquiring and possessing a perfect character.

After several months of training and exposure just like any other guerilla would do she breaks out and faces her adversaries.She stands up and says No! to gender inequality. She breaks out and goes to for the right job she is qualified for and desires because she is now in her prime to go for what she deserves.She now stands up for her right and opportunity just like any other Army general would do.

Now she is a one woman wrecking army.Marking her territory like any other equipped and educated lady does.Wherever she reaches she spreads her area of influence just like any army would do when they reach an area.Surely nothing can conquer a woman equipped with the knowledge on her rights.

She can’t be abused now nor victimized.Whenever her husband tries to raise his hand on her,she knows what to do.Gender based violence does not exist in her home anymore,all cases of abuse are reported.She is now broken out of the shell of silence,any form of abuse she now possess the confidence to speak out.

Her army has now opened doors of opportunities for herself and sll the other women around.She has now become the pinnacle of modern revolution and evolution where women and men are all equal in society,economical field and the political arena.

Gender equality is now a thing of the past in her life.She has faced and conquered all the adversaries that can befall her.Her army has swept away all segregation, inequality , racial injustices and gender exploitation in society.

Her children and family now feel safe and privileged to be under the protection of an overwhelming mighty army of hers. She has now become economically independent, she can now fend for herself and her family.She is now a breadwinner due to her ability to escape the shell where society has labelled women as only bread eaters rather than breadwinners.She now has the knowledge and assurance that it certainly takes a lot of pressure to create a diamond.She is now on a journey to defy all the odds.

Surely she is an army.

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She Is An Army: SEKAI IMBAYARWO-CHIKOSI (Vote4Me-#EssayContest)

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Yes, to the normal eye she is nothing out of the ordinary. Just another middle-aged woman, struggling to bolster her waning sanity in a vicious world while grappling to strike a balance between being a good mother and devoted wife. In my eyes, and in the eyes of those who have had the
privilege to come across such a phenomenal woman, calling her ordinary would be nothing short of an insult.

She is an army. When I see my mother, I see an army. Not because she is muscular, sports ripped arms and a toned sixpack and brandishes ammunition and firearms. Neither is it because she is your typical Supergirl on a rush to save the world. Instead, it is because my mother is a fighter; ready for the war. She is all the superheroes ever created combined and more. Aged 49, my mother has successfully made it in the commercial world, emerging as one of the managers of a top-notch retail furniture shop. For a sector dominated by males, she has constantly fallen prey to chauvinistic behaviour. Instead of succumbing to the negativity, my mother has always picked herself up, trampling over her obstacles on the battlefield on her rise to the top like the fighter she is. She started from the bottom, and now she is there, at the top.

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My mother is an army, wearing her pain and experiences as her armour. Each and every scar, both emotional and physical forms part of her network of trophies, creating a record of all the battles she has ever fought and won. Having been married at a relatively young age by today’s standards, she had to shape up because she could no longer ship out. Her father’s death, the person she had been closest to in her family was another heavy blow that threatened to send her wallowing in the pits of depression. Being the optimistic and bubbly woman, she did not allow these to be setbacks in her life, she was more than geared up to get it back on track.

Thirty years later, my mother has not only levelled up to be one of the strongest women I know but has reached such a standard of greatness, a
far cry from the timid girl she was when her journey as a mother began.
Just like an army, my mother has been a shield, reminiscent of a mother hen on a bid to protect her hatchlings from the wolves in sheep’s clothing ravaging the society. In a world where girl children are most vulnerable to exploitation and manipulation, my mother has made it her top priority to keep us safe. Never a day has passed without her going out of a way to ensure not only the security but comfortability of my two sisters and I. Bluntly put across, she is the word overprotective redefined. Although we feel that she invades our privacy at times, her intentions are good and I really would not want that to change somehow.

At the end of it all, my mother is a Queen fit for royalty, a role model I adore beyond words and the epitome of love, protection, strength. Without her, my life would be a war, hectic! Although life has dealt several blows to her as a way of throwing her off-track, I can proudly say my mother has conquered. Donning a crown over her head, wearing her pain like stilettos and clad in the armour of experiences learnt throughout her life, she is an army.

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The Beauty In Me: VIMBAINASHE MUSWERA (Vote4Me-#EssayContest)

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First of all l want to try and define the word beauty .Beauty
can be defined by the character or physical appearance
of an individual. Some people think that beauty is how one
looks on the outside. However to others inner beauty is more
important than outer appearance .lt is difficult to explain the word
‘BEAUTY’ because everyone has their own opinion and views about
beauty.
I am a proud and beautiful African girl. l am fifteen years old
and l learn at Harare Girls High. l have long brown natural hair,
a pair of dark -brown eyes and smooth silky skin. l am a good friend,
good student, a good child to my parents and a kind human being .l am tall
and brown in complexion.


I am a dedicated and hard working young girl .Once l start something
I do it whole heartedly and l ought to finish it .l set goals in my life for
example l want to work hard in school and all that l do , pass and make
my family very proud .l believe God and family come first so l always
Keep the values ,culture and norms l was taught in mind .l am the kind of
Person who fulfils her promises. Whenever someone trusts me with
something l always deliver with no failure maybe that’s why l was given my
name “Vimbai”.

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I am a very competitive person,l have faith in my abilities and there
is no second place in my book but if l do not succeed l never give
Up and l tackle my difficulties .l love my family and friends. l love helping
people because l believe that its better to give than to receive and that
If one gives away with all their heart God rewards accordingly so l am
beautiful in all aspects.
In a nutshell beauty is to overcome your bias against your body ,learn to
appreciate and love what you’re naturally created with!!!

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I Have Something To Tell You: DARYL CHIBANGE (Vote4Me-#EssayContest)

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Your strength is compressed inside you. You fail to express it because someone is physically stronger, criticizing you, doubts your capability or you think you are too weak. The secret is, their strength is nothing compared to your capacity to withstand great force and pressure. You are a female lion and it’s time to unleash the greatness inside of you and let your roar be head. Strength is not only achieved by talking rather by ignoring the discrimination and walking towards your goal. The deepest fear is not that you are inadequate, rather it is that we are powerful beyond measure. The difference between a pessimist and an optimist is that a pessimist sees the difficult in every opportunity while an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficult. Argue for your limitations and sure enough they are yours. Patrol the towns with your head soaring above like an eagle and don’t let the enemy pull you down. Obstacles are what make challenges interesting therefore when an enemy lands on your back trying to pull you down, fly higher, and there will be too much oxygen for them to handle. The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. Let your silence speak for you. Too often people under estimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring, all which have the potential to turn a life around. Unfortunately for them, and rather fortunately for you who possesses most of these attributes, you have the capability to prove them wrong. The world might be male dominated but you are there to provide the foundation of hope, justice, wisdom, grace, power and creativity. Life shrinks and expands in proportion to one’s courage. Proud, rich and handsome. Impossible features of a men without a woman. Your motherly impact is enough to build a thousand rich man. Your will to live as a woman is enough to prove your capacity. Where there’s a will there is a way. To find your way out of a dark cave, you look for the smallest ray of sunshine. Similarly look for the smallest ray of hope and you will light a thousand more for one candle is enough to spread light. How long will you suppress your talents and keep your dreams a secret? It is time to shout out to the whole world and show your presence. When the world throws challenges at you, don’t say why me, rather try me and hear me roar.


It is time to make the women independent in all aspects of live, be it mind, thoughts or decision making. It is time to bring equality in the social circle. It is quintessential to empower women so that our country can be a better place. Women giving birth to the babies meaning they shape the future of our country and child development. Instead of being treated as victims of male chauvinism, women need to be treated equally to men. The growing conscience is to accept women as individuals with the capability to make rational, educated and important decisions in families, societies and at large, the nation. Over the years women have shown and proven their ability to bring a new twist to the society and economy. They have proven and shown their greatness in many different ways. Why are we still trying to hold them back? Food for thought. Women empowerment should not only end with giving them opportunities to speak and share ideas, rather they should be taught some martial art skills for protecting themselves in cases such as domestic violence.

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It is time to bring an interesting plot twist to the story of the world. Instead of a male dominated world, we bring in the concept of gender equality. It is time for women to live their dreams. As a women, you have what it takes. Don’t dream it, be it!

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