How Dare! By Soneni Gwizi
How dare you call them appliances, aids, sticks & tools?
We call them crutches, wheelchairs & calipers
They are feet, ears & hands that provide mobility
These are limbs that make a person function well
Words like sticks and tool take away dignity
How dare you undermine her and judge her ability
You make a decision that she should & must have a hysterectomy!
Be sterilized & have an abortion without her consent
Do you not know that it is her right to make that choice to have a child?
A choice based on her rights as a human…
Could it be that her dream is to have children?
Now you are taking away that dream
You have made the decisions because she is a women with a disability?
Shame on you society!
You value your culture better than you respect a life of a person and her rights!
You cannot stand, having a woman with a disability with a child from your son
Is she not your daughter or your sister!
Where is your conscious?
Where is your belief in the right of a woman to freedom of life & choice?
To marry, have children, right to access family planning.
Right to sexual choice, education & to be herself!
Look beyond her disability & see a women
A women of value & purpose
Gwizi Soneni is an award-winning radio and TV presenter, disability adovate & proudly able TEDx Speaker. Follow her on twitter @GwiziSoneni