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Watch: Hodan Yusuf’s Every Day Is Women’s Day

by in Soul on 27th March, 2018

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Every Day Is Women's Day – A Poem for International Women's Day I wrote the first half of this poem last year for IWD (International Women's Day 2017). This year, I was invited to speak at an event in Parliament on 7th March 2018 held in Thatcher Room Portcullis House. I added to the poem accordingly speaking on things that have happened since including the Grenfell fire, MeToo and TimesUp campaigns…This poem is also available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/a-3lWK5CE9Q[Filmed and Produced by FilmPill]

Posted by Hodan Yusuf on Thursday, March 8, 2018

“Every day is women’s day

Wake up and deal with my woman’s day

Glass ceilings and jeering day

Snatched dreams and leering day.

Every day is women’s day

Going to her rape hearing day

Reliving through it all again day

No-one will believe her day

Hashtags MeToo and TimesUp day.

Every day is women’s day

Her colleague earns more than her day

Expected to raise the kids day

Explain the gaps in her CV day

And put up with setbacks in her career day.

Every day is her woman’s day

Judged for her appearance day

Thighs too fat day

Skin too dark day

Lips too thick day

Hair too kinky day

Voice too “aggressive” day

Fit into that box day

HR wasn’t built for her day.

Every day is women’s day

Fight for her rights day

But take a moment to breathe day

Celebrate with her sisters day

Today is I’m a woman day.

Today is remember we exist day

Remember we have rights day

Remember have voices day

And a reminder we will use them day.

Every day is women’s day

Every day is women’s day

Wake up and deal with my woman’s day.

There is a special place in hell

For women who let other women

burn like in the horrors and fires of Grenfell.

In the richest borough

With the cladding

And the buck passing continuing

But few of those bucks reaching the hands

That lost loved ones and dwellings

Homes and belongings

And the death toll shrinks

As if those who died

Come back

And wipe the ink from the toll

And in the words of

Michael E. Kwadjo Omari O. Jr

“Did you think that we forgot about them as well?”

There is a special place in history

For women who snatch the ladder from under other women

When they have climbed to a place of safety

And the milk from the mouths of their babes

As well.

Every day is women’s day

Every day is women’s day

Wake up and deal with my woman’s day.

A special place in memory

For women who detain other women indefinitely

in Yarl’s Wood and others too many to name.

A special place

For those whose austerity measures messes with other women’s livelihoods

Condemning the marginalised and disabled

To lives of destitution and early graves

If you are that woman draw a short straw and imbibe the canal from whence you came

Every day is women’s day

Every day is women’s day

Wake up and deal with my woman’s day.

So while we can wave our congratulatory flags

And pat ourselves on all our backs

We need to ask

If all other women are also free.

It’s been a whole centenary

Since women won the vote we’re told

Without taking apart who here was meant by “women”

Every day is women’s day

Every day is women’s day

Wake up and deal with my woman’s day

Who here is humanised in that sentence

And whose struggles are honoured

And whose plights are forgotten

And erased?

It is important to remember that

Many of the women

And men

We honour today

Stood on the other side of what society practiced then

The Pankhursts who are honoured fought against an injustice

The Dr King and Mandela who we re-write today

Were considered dangerous men in their times

So

Out here in Intersectional Land

I too

Have a dream

for all women to be treated equal

Because

Every day is women’s day.

Every day is women’s day

Wake up and deal with my woman’s day.”


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