Femicide– The killing of a woman or a girl, in particular by a man, on account of her gender.
In the year ending March 2020 – 207 women were murdered. This figure was lower than the year before. In 2019 241 were murdered.
This is for anyone who has has feared for their lives because of a man and for those of us who didn’t make it.
I was taught to trust the police.
I was taught to be polite.
Smile, darlin’ it can’t be that bad…
I was taught to smile, even when I didn’t want to.
That’s what girls do.
I was taught to tolerate the whistles, the bum slaps, the breast stares,
the surreptitious rubbing on public transport when there is no escape.
I was taught to tolerate the drunken grabs and aggression,
to not report my abuser.
I was taught not to make a fuss.
To man up. Hah!
I was taught to be silent.
Silence doesn’t make change.
Let’s make a change.