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.
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.
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.