By Gotlhaloganyamang Phaladi

I am a woman of yesterday, today and tomorrow.
I am an active agent of change.
I represent hope where there is none or little.
I am a Pillar of Strength, Courage and Wisdom.
I am not simply a woman because of my gender,
but rather because of my innate ability to cope
and keep my head up in a time of adversity,
my exceptional ability to love and be loved,
a selfless community builder and leader and…
the cradle of the whole nation.

Look at me and acknowledge my presence.
Do not define me by what I have or who I know,
for before all that, I am and will continue to be a woman.
Respect me and do not belittle my dignity,
for I will return the gesture fairly.
I am neither the weakest nor the smallest.
But the toughest and the longest lasting.
I am not the most popularly known but I am the most reliable.
I am not the richest but the most self-sustained.
I am not a threat,
I am a catalyst and an active agent of change.
I will not be silenced, I will exercise my equal rights and freedoms.
I will challenge the status-quo.
I will be the change I want to see.
I am no longer to be the missing face.
I am no longer on the periphery.



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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