For every woman, freedom must be lived and felt
I am a young woman
I have heard, seen and read about women like me,
Old women and young women, women from all walks of life;
Abused, beaten, killed, cursed, murdered.
What do you call this?
My country is the country of freedom!
But I have my fears of living my freedom
As a young woman in this free country
How can I walk freely around my neighbourhood, my community, my town and my city?
Because if I am not being beaten, killed or murdered,
I get harassed, raped or verbally abused.
Should I get blamed?
For my lack of judgment?
Of being at the wrong place at the wrong time?
For the clothes I worn are not appropriate?
For being a beautiful woman
With my slender built or my curvy built?
A pleasant sight or a tempting sight with every stride I take?
When every man thinks they are free to say anything they feel about me!
Isn’t this domestic violence?
For being just me?