Dr Stella Nyanzi is a Ugandan academician and feminist activist. She is currently jailed at Luzira maximum security prison in Kampala and faces charges of cyber harassment and offensive communication, stemming from her poems shared on Facebook which prosecutors claim “disturbed the peace, quiet or right of privacy of President Museveni.” She is known to deploy radical rudeness to disrupt and challenge power – be it political or social. June 16 is her birthday and today she turns 45. With permission, we share with you this poem written, as part of a 45 Poems for Freedom collection, which she has written from her prison cell, where she has spent the last seven months. We continue to call for her release! #FreeStellaNyanzi
WOMEN SHALL NO LONGER WAIT
Women shall no longer wait for absent men
To drive these poisonous snakes out of houses
We pick up your machetes rusting away
And chop the venomous snakes into many pieces
Women shall no longer wait for castrated men
To carry the coffins of kin killed by the state
We wear your trousers and your kanzus
And lift the caskets to the graves dug by ourselves
Women shall no longer wait for timid men
To fight for the liberation of Uganda
We pack missiles in our own pens and grenades in our mouths
And shoot our truths at the dictatorship
Women shall no longer wait for blinded men
To drive us to the beautiful promised land
We thicken the muscles of our legs
And ride ourselves to freedom on bicycles and cars
Women shall no longer wait for faceless men
To woo, love or pleasure us
We wear dildos dipped in oil
And inseminate ourselves with strongest sperm
– Dr Stella Nyanzi
Women should not wait for fearful men to demand for what is right and fundamental to them, to watch their country perish and to witness the cannibalism of the dictatorship.
Indeed we move away from anything that weighs us down
Celebrating your courage dear Stella Nyanzi. Your courage inspires me.
More power to you!!
I really miss this brave woman Stella Nyanzi,how are her kids surviving yet she a single parents.#freestellanyanzi
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get anything done.