Even when their voices are silenced,
their lives oppressed,
their bodies beaten,
still, women's spirits
half the sky*.
Kenia's challenge at Real Toads today is to take inspiration from the landai - short collective oral poetry shared and passed on from woman to woman in the oppressive-to-women culture of Afghanistan. As girls and women are prohibited from schooling, it is inspiring that this tradition of oral poetry continues. Women can be oppressed, yet our spirits are strong - they will always rise. Check out Real Toads for further information and links about women and poetry in Afghanistan.
(*Taken from a Chinese proverb: Women hold up half the sky.)