passion - to excel in the fight against violation of women and girls rights in particular, Gender Based Violence, and women's right to health Rebecca Tendai Chirenga Educationist, high school teacher and college lecturer by profession, mother to 3 girls and 2 boys, grandmother to six adorable children, friend, mentor and Women’s Rights activist - … Continue reading Vision, wisdom and perseverance Rebecca’s winning formula
A subdued red glow breaks over the distant horizon on the chilly January winter morning. It is the time when life slows down to a gentle crawl. Men huddle around makeshift bonfires sipping sweetened tea till late in the morning. Women serve hot snacks and make more tea for the men as they mind their … Continue reading Reflections
Having lived outside India for years, I am used to adjusting my brain and body clock often. Day light savings, summertime, wintertime, I am always adjusting to the time dictated to me However, more recently, I am only tuned into one thing – the India time zone. Daily, I become wide awake in the middle … Continue reading The deafening sound of silence…
We are two strangersIn a new land Putting on our smilesAnd best hairdos We connect on screenTwice a week Hello Teacher, she saysHello there, I wave Tell me about the weatherTell me about your home How many rooms do you have?Do you have couches, cushions, curtains? Red is my favourite colour I say. I like … Continue reading Immigrant Messenger
It has been over five months since I blogged. Was it the virus, or the winter or just my self-induced lethargy that pushed me into inaction - not sure. All of us have had our moments this year - of frustration, anger, sadness and confusion. Many of us managed through a process of patience and … Continue reading Blue Maqm
The indomitable spirit of Harriet and Miriam had long ago been been indelibly cross-stitched into the present-day reality of race and colour. Their brave and unstoppable efforts made sure that ‘Black Lives Did Matter’ for all generations to come.
We live life seeking the familiar and the comfortable. We want to be at home with known people, food, locations, and opinions. We want to be accepted and validated, and to have routines and habits that are comforting. But we do not recognise and accept that our lives are in constant transition. Distractions and disruptions shape … Continue reading Transition is a constant in our lives
Snow White’s stepmother, the wicked queen, asks the magic mirror, “Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of all?” The mirror confirms that she is the fairest of all. One day the answer is different. The mirror replies, “ There is a maiden fairer than you. Her name is Snow White.” Corona Virus … Continue reading The Magic Mirror
"In the world of science, any discrimination or bias has no role to play, and I hope women, as well as men, will be allowed to live by the same rules."
The cutting began with the eldest girl and on went the list. Known to be timid, I was the last among the six. I shivered and shook all over; butterflies beat madly in my stomach. I wanted to vomit, the waiting was long, the expectation of pain too sharp, but I had to wait my turn. My heart pounded, my ears blocked; the only sound I understood was the wails from the girls, for that was my destiny as well.