Bloom For Her

For The Rising Woman

The Rising Woman

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My early years of life were a dream. I had a wonderful best friend who was always there for me. He would get me everything I wanted. He bought me gifts, candy, and new shoes almost every week. This man was my dad. I loved him so much, somehow, I believe I still do.

When I was eleven, things took a drastic turn. My father remarried. He left us and fled to live with his other wife, with whom he started a new family. We became shadows in his life. He only came home once in two months, sometimes he wouldn’t show up at all, and when he did, we hated it. My father had changed into something else. He had turned into an abusive person.

From that point on, I witnessed uncountable injustices happen to my mom, and yet I could do nothing because I was just a child. Life was never the same again.

Being a woman is one of the most challenging realities of life. The world subjects women to a number of unjust conditions in life. From home, to work and to places of worship, the injustice is clear. Society wants a woman to be inferior, powerless and weak. This is unacceptable.

Over the years, we have seen an era that has given way to the rise of strong and unchallengeable women from different parts of the world. These women have proven to the entire human race that a woman can be superior and powerful.

Some of such women include: Oprah Winfrey of The Oprah Winfrey Show, Winnie Mandela, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic; former President of Croatia, Winnie Byanyima; Executive Director of UNAIDS and Miuccia Prada; Head designer and current owner of International fashion label Prada, to mention but a few. These women stood their ground and challenged the standards of leadership in their societies, and the world at large.

Several times, I ask myself. What about the woman who has not been given that chance? A woman deep in some village where women don’t eve sit at public meetings. That wife who will never be granted a chance to have a say on how she feels about certain things.

Somewhere, there is a woman who is abused by her husband but never leaves. She stays, loves and takes care of him and his entire household. She praises him in public and holds his honor higher and higher. Elsewhere, there is a girl who is constantly harassed by her uncle or even father. She has no one to talk to, and nowhere to run. Someplace, there is a young lady in secondary school who is not given a fair chance to take part in class activities. She is denied a chance to share her ideas and when she does, they are neglected.

There are countless girls, young ladies and women going through different kinds of oppression each day across the world. Most times, they appear to be weak, but they have strength unmatched. They get hurt but still love. They are abused but still care. They are tortured but still smile.

The oppressed woman survives on the hope that another woman will break the shell of silence, step out of the darkness and send a rope to pull her who remains stuck at the bottom. The oppressed woman is given hope by women like the ones I earlier mentioned, the women who have shown great courage and said No to oppression. To this woman, we all have a duty to keep that hope alive until she finally rises on her own.

As we all try to figure out a fail-safe way to stop oppression against women, Bloom For Her will be an open diary for the rising woman. The one who needs to change how she feels, looks and is treated in society. The woman who is tired of the silence, injustice, and inequality.

This, is for the rising woman!

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Joy Akatukunda

Joy Akatukunda

Hi, I’m Joy Akatukunda. I’m a lover. My main goal in life is to inspire and empower women become better versions of themselves. I use my talents and skills to share love, knowledge, advice and ideas that transform lives. I’m a writer, singer, and occasional dancer. My talents are a gateway for my own experiences and personality to be seen and heard by the world, hoping that a certain woman will be encouraged and fired up to start her own business, hit the studio, work on her body, leave a toxic relationship or do that one thing she’s forever been afraid to do. I have struggled with these and more, hence I understand the need to inspire someone to make that bold move.

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