The project on sexual violence was the the hot thing in the market. Hot, mathlab, erm………….uhhhh…………………………new………….and innovative and quite unlike any other intervention in the last several years………….duh!! Whatever…………..
‘What you mean- sexual violence?’
‘Ahhhh ummm, we have our own definition, plus the globalese standard you know. BTW our own definition has been signed off by lawpol………..’
‘LAWPOL??? Sheeeeesh shoosh serious??’
‘Ya, why, why you surprised?’
‘If lawpol cleared it, it only means two things’
‘Two?? I thought it meant one?’
‘No – it either means you have the caste conflagration (baby) or he was drunk’
‘He doesn’t drink’
‘So it’s the caste thing na?’
‘Whatever, I don’t want to engage in this discussion’
‘Its not a discussion’
‘Whatever, I don’t like it’
‘OK Fine whatever’
ZOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMM 20 weeks forward
‘Oh wow finally our project on sexual violence is up and running. Its so cool man,I’m so, so so,excited.’
‘Ya it’s so awesome. We should have a party to celebrate’
Manager (from affirmative action background) – ‘Yes, besh besh, we should have a party. I will make fried fish.’
‘And I will bring the booze’
All together cheer loudly – ‘Here’s to women power. Yayayayayayay !!!’
The plan for the project involves a baseline. One member puts out phone numbers on billboards for people to call and share their sexual violence stories. Of course (duh) women do call and share their sexual violence stories. Some ask for help. Whaaaaaaa?????
This sends the project members into an almighty tizzy. They want to set up a referral service for the poor women callers…………..no, they want to publish the data, no they want lawpol to take a call, or maybe not, or maybe?? This referral service will apparently be up and running in about six months or maybe three, or twelve – one can never say, you know, with these referral services !!!!. In the meantime these women will be referred SOMEWHERE. Referred to where one might ask. One is asked not to ask. Just referred. Are they being referred to a decent place, a reliable place??– it doesn’t really matter as long as they get out of the project because the project can’t deal with them anyway. They just wanted their information,, not to be burdened by their responsibility.
Another member decides to do the fact finding of a gruesome rape and murder. She accompanies a group of women visiting the family and comes back with some selfies and documents. She is cheered on wildly for her successful work.
Her whatsapp is filled with love and appreciation
‘Great job, chops’
‘LOVE you babes’
‘How do you cope with the stress???’
‘I don’t, I drink’
‘Tx babes. Hugs right back.’
‘Awww mucho needed’
‘There for you babes always’
‘I KNOW – that’s why I do what I do’
Which isn’t a lot, but NEVERTHELESS……….
Zoom forward two months
‘I need flight tickets to check out on this other woman who was raped’
‘Tickets are really expensive this time of the year, just so you know’
‘No problem, approved’
‘I haven’t signed for 25 days of the month, I need you to approve my salary’
‘I would like to give money to an organisation that is working for an organisation that is working for a group that works for an agency that works on sexual violence’
Zoom ten years forward…………………