This Women’s month, we’ve asked our scholars to share their views on issues that affect women. They didn’t hesitate and took up the challenge.
Below are letters from SPARK Scholars Chulumanco Khondlo, Boitumelo Makhubo and Lisakhanya Mageduka.
In my opinion, women abuse is a terrible thing. I wake up afraid that this is the world we are living in. I just want us to unite and stop this. I would like to live in a world without abuse. I don’t want to look at a boy and be afraid of the person he will become. That’s why I want a world without gender-based violence.
Lots of people are hurt because of their gender. We should not have to live in fear of a man or a boy. The worst part is young girls and women have experienced this, either by a boy, a stranger or their husband. That is wrong and it has to stop. I don’t want to experience this abuse and no one does. I just want the abuse to stop here and all around the world. That’s all I can ask for on behalf of all the women – to be respected.
Stop violence against women and children.
To begin with, women play an important role in our society. We as women have to stick together as one because we are stronger together.
The role I want women before us to play is to be stronger than before. They must fight for everything they desire in life and fight for their children’s lives.
Do you want your children to grow up in a world where they are threatened with violence on every street corner?
Let’s deal with this together by supporting each other. Always say no to violence. And to men out there, act now and stop the violence against women and children.
I would like them to speak up against gender-based violence. They should empower women of today to take serious steps when it comes to issues of abuse. They should not accept less than their worth. They should show their intelligence, perseverance and success. They should encourage younger women to speak up and not be afraid to express their feelings.
They should tell other women that women’s rights are human rights.
To tell other women that we are equal and no one should be treated bad, because of the colour of their skin. They should empower other women to know that they are stronger than they think they are.