Joana Ukali: Girl Child – Poem

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Dreams Your Dreams Little One
We Are Standing All Around You
Your Fears And Trials Will Also Be Ours
You Will Walk With The Courage Of Woman Worldwide

We Will Speak When You Cannot
We Will Gather When You Are Still
We Are Here To Serve You Girl Child
You Will Grow Into A Woman
Girl Child Dream Your Dreams
We Will Carry Them With Our Song And Dance And Voice
You Are A Girl Child And We Surround You With Love

Whether We Are Seen Or Heard Or By Your Side,
We Are Here
The Circle Surrounds You Girl Child
Stand Tall
When You Fall, We Will Wait
When You Falter We Will Prod
You Are Supported By Millions
Always Know This, Always Remember
You Are A Girl Child, In The Time That Is Now
This Is A Blessing
Take This Into Your Heart

Girl Child, Stand Tall
Be Not Afraid Of Being Pretty, Smart, Powerful or Plain
You Are An Earthly Goddess
So Hard It Has Been For So Many
Let Us Walk Together

We Shall Tell Our Stories
You Will Hear Our Plight And Learn
Now Girl Child Go Forward
You Are Released From The Terrors Of The Night

Yours Is A Life Of Brightness
The Darkness Has Turned To Dawn
The Dreams You Hold Within Your Heart
Allow Them To Come Forward
They Have Been Nourished With The Water Of Life

Girl Child
Let Go And Know,
Your Elegant Spirit Is So Bright And Strong
Let Go And Know
Let Go And Know

Copyright Joana Ukali 2007 All Rights Reserved

http://www.joanaukali.com/

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About FEMNET

FEMNET (The African Women's Development and Communication Network) is a pan African, feminist organisation working to advance the rights of women and girls in Africa. FEMNET has carved a niche in Informing and mobilizing African women in order for them to participate and influence policies and processes that affect their lives. FEMNET has hundreds of members in over 40 countries in Africa as well as in the diaspora. It has played a critical role in building the women's movement in Africa since inception in 1988.

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