Who are we to be so safe? We sit in our safe, warm rooms, writing, and we think nothing of it. Women fought and died for our rights, to speak as the men speak, freely and without fear. We gather, we protest, we write.
Do not forget those who do not have these same freedoms, who hide their writing, and their voices. Remember those who live in fear, whose still small voices are all they have.
“In Afghanistan, poetry is the women’s movement from the inside.” Safia Siddiqi
“They’re behind high walls, under the strong control of men.” Ogai Amail
When women listen to each other’s stories and share their own, growth happens and confidence grows. As harmless as such an endeavour may seem to women who like the idea, this may be a threat to the established order. Men in authority worry about women talking freely to each other.
Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D. in Urgent Message from Mother: Gather the Women, Save the World