Monthly Archives: December 2011

POEM FROM BEIJING +5 PREPCOM III ON BATTERED WOMEN

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I got flowers today.

It wasn’t my birthday or any other special day.

We had our first argument last night and he said a lot of cruel things that really hurt me.

I know he is sorry and didn’t mean the things he said because he sent me flowers today.

 

 

I got flowers today.

It wasn’t our anniversary or any other special day.

Last night, he threw me into the wall and started to choke me.

It seemed like a nightmare. I couldn’t believe it was real.

I woke up this morning sore and bruised all over.

I know he must be sorry because he sent me flowers today.

 

I got flowers today.

And it wasn’t mother’s day or any other special day.

Last night, he beat me up again and it was much worse than all the other times.

If i leave him, what will i do? I’m afraid of him and scared to leave.

But i know he must be sorry because he sent me flowers today.

 

I got flowers today.

Today was a very special day.

It was the day of my funeral.

Last night, he finally killed me. He beat me to death.

If only i had gathered enough courage and strength to leave him.

I would not have gotten flowers today.

Reproduced by:

Women Against Rape, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Exploitation            (WARSHE)

Obafemi Awolowo University,

               Ile-Ife

 

 

Photo Credits:

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/breaking-news/ukandireland/seek-help-battered-women-urged-14881614.html

BECAUSE WE’RE WOMEN

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BECAUSE WOMAN’S WORK IS NEVER DONE AND IS UNDERPAID OR UNPAID OR BORING OR REPETITIOUS

AND

WE’RE THE FIRST TO GET THE SACK AND WHAT WE LOOK LIKE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN WHAT WE DO

AND

IF WE GET RAPED, IT’S OUR FAULT AND IF WE GET BASHED, WE MUST HAVE PROVOKED IT

AND

IF WE RAISED OUR VOICES, WE’RE NAGGING BITCHES

AND

IF WE ENJOY SEX, WE’RE NYMPHOS AND IF WE DON’T, WE’RE FRIGID

AND

IF WE LOVE WOMEN, IT’S BECAUSE WE CAN’T GET A ”REAL” MAN

AND

IF WE ASK OUR DOCTOR TOO MANY QUESTIONS, WE’RE NEUROTIC AND/OR PUSHY

AND

IF WE EXPECT COMMUNITY CARE FOR CHILDREN, WE’RE SELFISH

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IF WE STAND UP FOR OUR RIGHTS, WE’RE AGGRESSIVE AND UNFEMININE

AND

IF WE DON’T, WE’RE TYPICAL WEAK FEMALES

AND

IF WE WANT TO GET MARRIED, WE’RE OUT TO TRAP A MAN

AND

IF WE DON’T, WE’RE UNNATURAL

AND

BECAUSE WE STILL CAN’T GET AN ADEQUATE SAFE CONTRACEPTION BUT MEN CAN WALK

ON THE MOON

AND

IF WE CAN’T COPE OR DON’T WANT A PREGNANCY, WE’RE MADE TO FEEL GUILTY ABOUT ABORTION

AND

FOR LOTS AND LOTS OF OTHER REASONS, WE ARE PART OF THE WOMEN’S LIBERATION MOVEMENTS

 

Reproduced by:

Women Against Rape, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Exploitation (WARSHE)

Obafemi Awolowo University,

               Ile-Ife

               11th September, 2000

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The Maple is known as the luckiest of trees. It embodies a happy spirit because it represents very desirable qualities, such as success, wealth, and general prosperity. This is a very positive and constructive sign. It is only natural, then, that Maple people are always pleasant to be around because they are cheerful, joyful, and active. These dynamic people are quite adventurous and always seek out excitement.  Even when a Maple Tree person isn’t the most gorgeous one in the room, he or she can easily compensate for it with an outrageous, interesting, and outstanding personality.

Maples are known to be offbeat, extravagant, and even a bit bizarre. They are always aware of all the new trends, social customs, and the most recent discoveries in the world around them. On any given day they are involved or considering any number of interesting and exciting projects. However, they rarely implement any of their daring ideas. Maples prefer to watch others achieve their goals.

Maple people have irrepressible energy; they are simply restless! They are interested in too many things at once. Sometimes Maples feel that if they stop even for a moment, they will miss out on something very important.  Despite their daring personalities, Maple people are not extremely courageous. The only reason they decides to take a risk is because Maples have a very low sense of danger.

Maples are social butterflies; every day they make new connections.  Because of their warm and inviting nature, people trust them with all their secrets. They know that no matter what, this sign will never reproach them or disapprove of them.

Even though Maples love to be the center of attention, they don’t care what kind of impression they make on people or what kind of attention they garner.  They don’t follow the rules, and they actually enjoy provoking others.

Although a logical mind helps them to find solutions to the most difficult problems, Maples’ path in life is never easy. They rarely achieve great success.

Maple people don’t need love to be happy. If they don’t ever find a “partner in crime” they manage just fine on their own. This sign will never complain about an ill-fated life or shattered dreams. Maples have a way of learning to be content with what they already have.

Maples can be quite cynical. They will notice someone’s flaws, but never hold anything against that person. Maples have a many-sided personality; they are full of surprises, both good and unpleasant.

THE MAPLE