Tanaka Munyenyiwa, O’Level Hilbright Science College —
SHE steps on the streets with lips like a strand of scarlet. She is destined, or is it doomed to always be pleading for safety, security and a sense of worth. She builds a nation, yet the echo of her cry keeps rising on the horizon. At some corners of the earth she is regardedas being less than an animal, yet she is the one who gives life. Is there hope for her, or hope died millions of births and deaths ago before she could even consume oxygen?
Is the word ‘girl’ synonymous to ‘victim’? Were we born to flood teardrops on our cheeks? Were we not born to keep that daily smile and giggle? This is just a drop in the ocean as we dig deep whilst celebrating the recently commemorated International Day of The Girl Child. I recently caught up with a couple of ladies to discuss ‘The Girl Child’ generally.
Her Excellency, The Child President of the Republic of Zimbabwe –The Head of State and The Commander In Chief of The Defence Forces, Miss Tinaye Mbavari said; “Men should not look down upon women unless they are admiring our stilettos.”
This is quite profound and she further on states that girls should not be afraid to explore, shine, be risk-takers, challenging the men and respect themselves in order for men to respect them. Maud Chifamba, the youngest UZ graduate, aired out her views by saying; “This is the best time to be a girl. I mean –there is women empowerment and everyone is talking about the girl. It is the best time to speak and be heard because everyone is listening.”
In the words of Nyaradzo Mashayamombe from Tag a Life, she says, “It makes political and economic sense to invest in girls and young women. It is a very smart decision because girls are half the youth population and are a resource to the world. It ensures the progress of Sustainable Development Goals. It is a morally correct thing to do.”
Looking into the factors pertaining to girls and abuse was Tariro Kambasha. She said, “I believe that when a girl is abused, she must not be afraid of exposing the one who abuses her. She should not be concerned about that person being sent to prison. When she exposes that person, she is not only doing justice for herself but she is also protecting other girls who could be victims.”
By hook or by crook, I hope this message reaches as many girls as possible. Why is this so? Because I believe that the word GIRL is an abbreviation for Great, Invincible, Relentless and Lovely. These are the roots of every girl.
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