I am a woman now: Jennifer Dafwat

Yesterday I played among the boys and girls
I took off my wrapper and held out my chest
I invited one of my mates
to see the colour of my dirty panties.
Today mother says I can’t do the same
Her and  me are under the same attack
Today’s stigma came with a flow
A stench lingering long after
the boys have gone to rest.

Mama said I’m a woman now
I must learn to cover my treasures
She said she was sorry
The used cloth is all she can afford
To help me drain this blood
Flowing incessantly from my opening
As for father he can’t tell me much
because he lays 6ft to rest
Along with all the other men from our clan.

Written by Jennifer Dafwat (COAL Ambassador and TV presenter)

 

Be a part of COAL-CAPRECON SANITARY OUTREACH.

By donating to get more pads, relief and school materials to the women, girls and children.
-By volunteering your time to join the COAL and Caprecon team on this outreach programme.
-By writing a poem, short story or essay depicting ‘the woman’ which will be published on coalng.com and caprecon.net.(Submission Deadline is 7th March 2017)
-By volunteering your medical experience as a nurse or social worker to this programme.

“Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.”
―Horace Mann

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