A Woman, Once a Girl
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A Woman, Once a Girl
Breaking Silence
Published:
1/23/2012
Format:
Perfect Bound Softcover
Pages:
104
Size:
6x9
ISBN:
978-1-46690-689-1
Print Type:
B/W
The time to break silence is right here and now. Womanhood and motherhood is under attack. This book gives a holistic empowerment package to those feeling hopeless, rejected, abused, and undermined in any way. The poems are real-life experiences that you can always derive inspiration from. A mother experienced violence, and her daughter, aged six, stood up and urged her to report. She suppressed her voice and silenced her poetically with a “Shh, we don’t say domestic things in public.” A few years later, the mother died in cold blood after heavy beatings by her husband. It led Betty Makoni to be a mother at age nine, and the book takes readers through a journey of inner pain that is unleashed when she becomes a globally acclaimed activist. The journey Betty Makoni has trod leaves permanent and visible footsteps. Today, her poetry book takes a new approach to self-empowerment by presenting breaking culture of silence—poetic prose verses in short story form. Easy to read and yet very powerful for reflection and evoking you. The stories are personal experiences, and there is a poem for everyone to easily connect to a situation similar to their own experiences. The poetic prose storybook is a forerunner of Betty Makoni’s official much-awaited biography. Her trials and tribulations as she tried to be a woman, a leader, a wife, and a mother and balance all these roles is an open testimony. Transitioning from being a girl to becoming a woman is with hurdles and hardships, and A Woman, Once a Girl: Breaking Silence takes a sigh of relief that mission is accomplished as one overcomes gender inequality and wars being fought by their bodies and breaks vicious cycles of poverty and gender-based violence. Using simple poetic verse, she has shared everyday stories that may be taken for granted and yet can undermine an individual’s abilities. This book is for anyone defending their rights and those of the most vulnerable. It speaks to you to keep positive energy.

A mother experienced violence, and her daughter, aged six, stood up and urged her to report. She suppressed her voice and silenced her poetically with a “Shh, we don’t say domestic things in public.” A few years later, the mother died in cold blood after heavy beatings by her husband. It led Betty Makoni to be a mother at age nine, and the book takes readers through a journey of inner pain that is unleashed when she becomes a globally acclaimed activist.

The journey Betty Makoni has trod leaves permanent and visible footsteps. Today, her poetry book takes a new approach to self-empowerment by presenting breaking culture of silence—poetic prose verses in short story form. Easy to read and yet very powerful for reflection and evoking you. The stories are personal experiences, and there is a poem for everyone to easily connect to a situation similar to their own experiences.

The poetic prose storybook is a forerunner of Betty Makoni’s official much-awaited biography. Her trials and tribulations as she tried to be a woman, a leader, a wife, and a mother and balance all these roles is an open testimony. Transitioning from being a girl to becoming a woman is with hurdles and hardships, and A Woman, Once a Girl: Breaking Silence takes a sigh of relief that mission is accomplished as one overcomes gender inequality and wars being fought against their bodies and breaks vicious cycles of poverty and gender-based violence.

Using simple poetic verse, she has shared everyday stories that may be taken for granted and yet can undermine an individual’s abilities. This book is for anyone defending their rights and those of the most vulnerable. It speaks to you to keep positive energy.

Betty Makoni, Founder and Director of Girl Child Network (GCN) Zimbabwe is also Chief Executive Officer of Girl Child Network World Wide Girl Child Network Worldwide is an organization that champions the rights of the girl child globally and has been profiled in the 2011 University of Essex Journal and many books and documentary films as a Best Practice for replication. She is Director and consultant of Muzvare Betty Makoni Empowerment Initiative which is the first of its kind to be set up in UK and many parts of Africa to give support to women and girls who want to set up similar initiatives. This is an enterprise where she churns out leaders using her personal experience starting the organization from the classroom to reaching its height at global level. Since 1999 Betty has mobilized over 300 000 girls in Zimbabwe to be empowered so that they reach their full potential. The Girl Child Empowerment Model she came up with has since been replicated in many parts of the world and it is spreading like veld fire. Betty has mobilized financial resources to build four Girls Empowerment Villages, a unique model that provides safe shelter and healing for sexually abused girls. Today, over 70 000 sexually abused girls have been empowered and rehabilitated through family, school and in the community. A survivor of rape at age six and orphaned at nine, Betty fought for her education and continues to do the same for girls in similar circumstances, being the consistent voice reminding policy makers and leaders to change attitudes and laws that are detrimental to the growth and development of the girl child. A passionate speaker with worldwide acclaim, Betty is also a mentor, coach and trainer on gender equality, girls’ rights and an inspiration to young women, influencing and empowering thousands. Betty is a global renowned is a renowned indigenous Rape Therapy program designer. She is renowned for her innovative, proactive and preventative girl child empowerment programs. From just one Girls’ Club at Zengeza 1 High School, Zimbabwe, GCN now has 700 clubs in ten provinces of Zimbabwe and has eight countries that have replicated the model globally. Betty has implemented innovative strategies directly eliminating gender-based violence and the harmful cultural practices that fuel the spread of HIV and AIDS among girls . Betty is the founder of Ray of Hope–Network and Zimbabwe Rape Survivors network, organizations for rape and domestic violence survivors. She has voluntarily helped build capacities of many grassroots organizations in Zimbabwe offering training and coaching in fundraising and setting up effective management systems. Betty Makoni is featured in the bestselling book, Women Who Light the Dark, by Paola Gianturco. Her work is featured in the award winning documentary Tapestries of Hope that educates the world on Virgin Myth and HIV and AIDS. She has received twenty six national and global awards, including the CNN 2009 Heroes award for protection of the powerless, the Decade Global Child Rights award alongside Nelson Mandela and Graca Machel, the coveted United Nations Red Ribbon award, Ginetta Segan – Amnesty International award, Zimbabwe National Contribution award and two Global Children`s awards. Betty Makoni is an Ashoka fellow from Zimbabwe and she is recognized as one of the global change makers whose work has inspired many. Newsweek named her as one of the 150 women who shake the world alongside Hillary Clinton and many women world leaders. In her tribe Betty Makoni has been officially bestowed with Royal title Muzvare –Her Royal Highness and she is given the responsibility to manage a sacred place for Princesses in her tribe in rural Manicaland in Rusape. Betty Makoni was recently selected to be a Trustee of RESTORED UK, a network of Christian organizations fighting gender based violence in churches. She is a member of UNAIDS round table and has served on many international boards like Oxfam Novib round table. Currently she is one of global Ambassadors of UK based African Achievers Awards. Betty Makoni`s interests include hosting a Sunday internet radio on Zimonline Radio that highlights the work of women and girls and shares best practices with a global audience. She is also a poet and loves dance, acting , face booking and blogging. Betty is married to Engineer Irvine Nyamapfene and she has 3 sons.
Amazing woman and a great writer
Anita Koroma 
 
 


 

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