What does Amandla Awethu mean?

Amandla Awethu is a Xhosa and Zulu phrase that translates to “Power to us”. This phrase was used in South Africa during the internal liberation struggle against Apartheid.  Political icons such as Oliver Tambo, Walter Sisulu, Robert Sobukwe, Albert Luthuli, Nelson Mandela, Chris Hani, Winnie Mandela, Albertina Sisulu, Anton Lembede, Steve Biko, amongst others, used this phrase to energise the crowds during political rallies.[1]

I chose to name my blog Amandla Awethu because I want my site to embody the fighting spirit of these incredible people. These icons fought against all odds to ensure their vision of a free and all inclusive South African came to pass.  I also chose this name because I want tap into the collective power that we as a society have, in regards to fighting against social and political injustices.

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIxhrDf8Iv0

What is the purpose of this website?

Amandla Awethu aims to create a safe space to discuss, educate, spread awareness, and formulate long term solutions to the rape, sexual assault, and sexual violence epidemic that is plaguing our communities.  This website is divided into six categories, all of which can be found under the blog tab.

As the author of this website and a rape survivor, I know firsthand the psychological effects that rape has on its victims. I therefore dedicate Memoirs of a Rape Victim, Rape Culture, and Your Space must fall to rape, sexual assault, and sexual abuse victims worldwide. I also dedicate these sections to loved ones and friends of victims of these heinous crimes.  You may not have experienced the physical trauma and violations yourselves but you have or are experiencing the psychological trauma with your loved ones and, or friends.

What else do i offer?

Raising awareness about rape and sexual assault is the main reason I began this blog. However I am also passionate about political discourse. I especially care about the development of Africa, reduction of corruption and the increase of civil education. For this reason, I write about political discourse in my own right, under the political discourse tab. My goal is to discuss important political issues in a mature and respectable way.



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