Who is Arraweelo?

Arraweelo

Arraweelo

Who is Arraweelo?

I am Arraweelo and she is me
Arraweelo is a woman so fierce her gaze cut glass
Her words brought men to their knees and women to their feet
She was a queen who demanded respect
Her spirit lives on in the strength and boldness of the woman who dare to do it differently
She is in the women who refuse to let their children go hungry and go to bed worried about tomorrow
She is in girls who go to school even though they are told not to
She is in the little girl who lost a part of herself today and doesn’t know why
She is the girl who carefully arranges her hijab and wears it around her head like a crown fit for a queen
She is in the girls who lose their families because they were born the wrong gender
She is in the girl who has to stay home from school because she is on her period and can’t afford pads
She is in the girl who wakes before dawn, tends to her family, and walks miles through the heat so she can get to school
She is in the girl who dreams about what it’s going to be like when she doesn’t think “maybe” and instead of “I will”
She is in the heart of every woman who sacrifices her life for her family
She is every girl who has ever said “no”
She is the girl who decided to think of herself because no one else will
I am Arraweelo and she is me.

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