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EXCERPT | When Secrets Become Stories: Women Speak Out, edited by Sue Nyathi

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Protesters gather to hand-over a memorandum of grievances during gender-based violence. (Photo by Ziyaad Douglas/Gallo Images via Getty Images )
Protesters gather to hand-over a memorandum of grievances during gender-based violence. (Photo by Ziyaad Douglas/Gallo Images via Getty Images )

In sharing their experiences from girlhood to the workplace, women from different walks of life show how chillingly common patriarchal violence is.  With contributions by Lorraine Sithole, Desiree-Anne Martin, UCT vice-chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng, Shafinaaz Hassim, Cathy Park Kelly and Olivia Jasriel, the collection of essays spans far and wide.  

The following essay is by Bongi Mdluli*.  

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