WOMEN, THEY TOO HAVE THEIR STORY: RE-IMAGINING THE FEMALE VOICE AND BODY
AbstractAs women seek self-sufficiency, they must still deal with their hurtful past and look for ways to heal as they strive for alternative means to survive and provide better opportunities for their families. Throughout history, women have been rendered invisible and silenced, with very minimal space for their voices to be heard. Many have over a long period of time been denied the platform to self-represent and have their experiences acknowledged and valued. Oppressive structures continue to be perpetuated because control and power do not seem to be shifting. Many feminist scholars have argued on the importance of acknowledging women’s voices and agency. This article looks at ways in which women have been silenced, and actively participated in various ways of reclaiming their voices and power. I examine possible challenges of ‘speaking for’, the importance of acknowledging the inter-sectionality of women’s experiences, the link between motherhood and nationhood, and the role the church plays in women’s everyday life experiences.
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