Updated: Jul 4, 2020
One can ask, “What is womanhood to you?”, I would say womanhood is about being a keeper. Women take on the role of maintaining peace, proclaiming love and sharing gifts.
Like a Maasai woman, who is a housekeeper in the family, she bares children, takes care of them and sometimes works in the field to produce food, while her husband herds for months in the wilderness.
A woman is a keeper, a carer, a lover and a protector. What makes me proud to be a woman, is seeing and reading about all the other African women from history. These women were hard-working. I am proud to be a woman because it gives me the power to consider my life and say "If she could do it, without cars or internet or electricity, let alone running water, I can do it too".
In my two decades of being on this earth, I cannot say I have encountered serious challenges around being a woman, except for stereotypes. These may seem minor, but they affect the mind. Sometimes young women like me lose their self-esteem and self-worth because of these stereotypes. I believe every person is beautiful because beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. So, to all the women out there:
“Since everybody is an individual, nobody can be you. You are unique. No one can tell you how to use your time, it is yours. Your life is your own. You mould it. You make it.” (Eleanor Roosevelt)
By Irene Kambewe