I dream of a World

Where I am free to express myself

And reach my full potential

Where I don’t have to hide my tears cos Men don’t cry

Or where I am seen as weak cos Women are naturally weak.

 

I dream of a World

Where things happen at my pace

And society doesn’t say this is the age that this should be done.

 

I dream of a World

Where justice is served

And the victim of a Rape isn’t blamed for causing it

Cos he was too Naive to understand or she was too beautiful to be ignored

Or a Crime can’t be reported cos daddy is the criminal and mommy wants to remain married.

 

I dream of a World

Where people see the world as big enough to achieve their dreams

And aren’t intimidated by someone else’s pursuit of happiness.

 

I dream of a World

Where with the requisite credentials, I can get my dream job,

As long as I am decently dressed, my firm doesn’t tell me to dress this way or that

Or I don’t get a job I am qualified for because of my Cover.

 

I dream of a World

Where my future prospects  are not defined by my gender

Where I am not told to be a Teacher cos it’s the easiest for a Mother

What if I want to be a Software programmer and Code, do I need to be a boy for this?

Or that I cannot be a Hairstylist, cos it unbefitting of a responsible Man

Or where I cannot run for a political post, cos I belong “to za oda room”

Or where helping my wife with household chores, means that I have been bewitched.

 

I dream of a World

Where there’s respect for everyone,

Regardless of gender, race, age, skin colour, body type or religion

Where what matters most are the ideas I bring to the table

And not what I look like or people think I look like.

 

I dream of a World

Where people treat Nature like it’s all they have and all they live for

Like without Mother Earth, there would be no Us,

Cos when the Earth is destroyed, there’s “Nowhere to run”.

Mazeedah Hassan
Mazeedah is very passionate about a healthy environment. She believes achieving the SDGs would make the world a safer place. She likes reading, playing checkers, lawn tennis, and adventure. “The World is big enough for EVERYONE to develop their full potentials. There is no need for VIOLENCE and HATRED as it leads us NOWHERE but CHAOS.