The book that encourages women to rise
The writers tell of how they found the strength to say no to abuse; to assert their worth as human beings. They have had to resist the messages from parents and society that women must submit, obey and sacrifice their own happiness – messages that enable women to become victims of abuse.
Nisaa undertook this project to allow these women to heal through writing. Through this book Nisaa aims to accentuate the voices and experiences of these women, and to inspire other abused women to seek support.
Each writer relates her struggle to get to a place of freedom. The writers relate the wisdom that grew from their wounds. Fikile Krollis wrote: “My bruises, pain, suffering, and disappointment did not discourage me. In fact it gave me the strength to go forward, working hard for the goals I wanted to achieve.”
While each one of these writers found her personal way to freedom from oppression, their stories all cry out for a better world for all women. “Every woman deserves respect and dignity,” said Sedibe in her story. “Women need to be loved and accepted. Women need to be listened to and should not live in threatening situations’.
These writers were brave enough to delve into their painful past, to reflect deeply on their lives and to share this through their stories.
Details of the book launch are as follows:
Date : Tuesday 26 November 2013
Time : 11:00am for 11.15am
Venue: Penthouse, Johannesburg Civic Theatre,
123 Loveday Street,
Cnr Rissik and Hoofd Streets.
To RSVP and for further information contact Nyasha Mukuwane :
Phone: (011) 854 5804/5
The Nisaa Institute for Women’s Development (henceforth referred to as Nisaa) is a non-profit , non- governmental organisation, which focuses on violence prevention and the empowerment of women who have been abused at the hands of their partners. Nisaa has been operational in the field of gender and gender-based violence for the past 19 years.