What’s ‘Freedom’ to you?
Freedom to me is having control over my mind & my body. To be able to make decisions for myself. What I wear, who I become, where I go.
Freedom to me is the ability to walk down the streets of my city without being visually raped by every second man that looks at me.
Freedom to me is to not have a man brush his hand up my legs while I’m in an auto stuck in traffic on a crowded road.
Freedom to me is leaving the house at whatever hour I please, without being accompanied by a man.
Freedom to me is being able to attend a party with a friend without being kidnapped & gangraped in a lodge for 10 days.
Freedom to me is getting on to a bus after watching a movie with a friend at 8pm, & NOT be ‘asking for it’... to still be an alive daughter of this country.
Freedom to me is being safe on my own streets, without being tied to a bridge in public & being raped repeatedly.
Freedom to me is when the government of my country doesn’t try to shut down wine shops or get rid of skirts in school uniforms or increase the curfews on a woman’s time out - but instead addresses the issue for what it IS - the man’s fault. Not the western culture, not the life style, not the girl.
Freedom to me is having the option to reject a man without having him throw acid on me.
Freedom to me is having the right to fall in love with whom I want to, without being shamed & killed for it.
Freedom to me is the right to the same education as my brothers.
Freedom to me is the ability to make my own decisions, even after marriage. Instead of him or his parents ‘allowing’ me to work.
Freedom to me is when a man is equally answerable for a leaked sex video as is a woman. Instead of society destroying every little piece left of her character.
Freedom to me is being able to express myself how I wish to - without being called a slut.
Freedom to me is not having every male friend offer to drop me home at 2am for my own safety & protection - that isn’t a solution to this problem. That is denying me of my individual freedom in the name of safety. Because there are still thousands of women on the street tonight for whom its not safe, & tomorrow; one of them is going to be me.