Friday, March 24, 2017

“Women, Wine & Words” – The Launch of SWAG

On Friday, March 10, 2017, the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) hosted the fourth women’s empowerment session, titled “Women, Wine & Words”, in celebration of International Women’s Day and to officially launch the SASOD Women’s Arm at its 203 Duncan Street, Lamaha Gardens location.

The women’s empowerment series was birthed as a collaboration between SASOD and the Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association (GRPA). The intention of the series is to educate and empower lesbian, bisexual (LB) women and women allies about issues related to their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Previous sessions have focused on the basics of SRHR, self-care, wellness, body image, gender-based violence and rape culture.The women empowerment sessions are intended to create a safe space for women to ventilate pertinent women and gender issues and to share their own lived-experiences or observations. The sessions also serve to give women the information needed to make informed decisions about their own sexual and reproductive health and their own rights.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Run, Hide, Fight

They coming for me!
I got to run I got to hide I got to—
I got to— I got—
No. I don't got nothing but me two bare hand.
I got what inside me and I can't change that.

They coming for me?
They life so perfect they coming to fix how I live?
How I love? Who I love?
I gon learn to walk straight if you shoot me?
I gon learn to pray great if you prey on me?

They coming for me. Ha.
To take me where? To do me what?
You can't erase me, I always been here.
I gon always be standing here, fighting
here, and you can't change that.

- Anonymous

N.B: "Run, Hide, Fight' is the shorthand American school children are taught for what to do if there's an active shooter. i.e. Try to run away. If you can't run, find a hiding place. If you can't hide, fight back with whatever you have.