By Amer Mayen Dhieu, Brisbane, Australia
I am a woman, I can’t read and write
I am woman, my parents married me off to educate their boys
I am a woman, I am not allowed to get marry for love but for pleasant.
I am a woman, I got raped and murdered
I am a woman, I can simply die from child birth
I am a woman, my husband chose to marry another woman because I became worthless after having my kids.
I am African woman, I am asking you to BE BOLD FOR CHANGE.
I am a woman, I am not allowed to leave my house without male permission, and an extra male to escort me.
I am a woman, I am not allow to drive my luxury car because that is a male job
I am a woman, I am not allow to own property because I am not entitle for claim ownership of what is not mine
I am a woman, my body belong to man and him alone.
I am a woman, I am filthy and not allow to mix up with people when I am on menstruation period.
I am a woman, I am not allow to pray at the mosque where everyone pray.
I am a woman, I am allow to do all the domestic work.
I am a woman, childbearing is the only job I am summoned to.
I am a woman, I have no say in any family or political affairs.
I am a woman, I have to speak with soft voice and make no eye contact
I am a Saudia’s woman, asking TO BE BOLD FOR CHANGE.
I am a female child, my parents chose to abort me when they find out I am a girl fetus.
I am a woman, I am gang raped and blamed for it
I am a woman, my rapist are free to roam the street freely the next day
I am a woman, I am abandon to be that homeless child on the street because I contribute nothing to the family
I am a woman, I am easy to be given up for adoption to reduce the family burden
I am Indian woman, asking you TO BE BOLD FOR CHANGE.
I am a woman, I can be stoned to death when I have sex outside my marriage.
I am a woman, I got raped and asked never to report for that bring shame to the family.
I am a woman, I can be forcefully married off against my will
I am a woman, I am held hostage to be a sex slave
I am a woman, at a time of war, I got rapes and killed in front of my young children
I am a woman, I have no right over my body
I am Syrian woman, Iraqi woman, Afghani woman asking you TO BE BOLD FOR CHANGE
I am a woman, I get paid less than my male counterpart
I am a woman, when I am highly educated I got fear off.
When I am independent, no one want to associate with me.
I am a woman, I can get cheated on and expect to stay in marriage. When I open up I am left alone to take care of my kids
I am a woman, Presidents thinks I can only be grabbed by the pussy.
I am a woman, I am employ last, in job that are classified female only
I am a woman, my body is use for men pleasure in form of pornography and by modeling agencies.
I am a woman, I can be murdered and buried in shallow grave or thrown into the lake because I had complained of something in the family
I am a woman, I am the 99.9% percent victims of domestic violence
I am a woman, people who once loved me hurt me and leave me to bring my children up all alone
I am the American woman, the Canadian, the Australian, the UK, the New Zealander asking you TO BE BOLD FOR CHANGE.
Amer Mayen Dhieu, the co-founder and executive director for the Twic East Girls Scholarship Program (TEGSP), received her Bachelor of Social Science degree, majoring in Psychology and Human Services from the Christian Heritage College in Brisbane, Queensland, and her Masters of International Relations, majoring in International Security and Human Rights, from Griffith University in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. You can reach her on her Facebook profile.