#IAmMother - Stories of Motherhood

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Most of the people in our community, they say “girls who have a child in an early age they’re loose” like we don’t love ourselves, we love boys, that’s why we just throw ourselves at boys.

Actually it’s not true because we love ourselves and we do take care of it but the thing is, we don’t have much access in clinics to [get] prevention. In our clinics, the nurses are not [very] friendly, they’re too likely to judge too much and privacy actually – we don’t have that privacy.

So most of the time they’ll say “you’re loose and you don’t know what you want for your life.” They’re too judgemental actually. They say things like if you like, as I do sports… so most of the time my friends are boys. I do hang out with girls if we feel like – because most of the time I play rugby so go to gym with boys and they’re like “this child is always with boys so they like to be surrounded by boys all the time” and all that so… yeah that’s the thing.

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Ashleigh Wegener

Photography, to me, is an art form that aptly depicts a moment in a person’s life to characterize and immortalize a glimpse into the essence of that beautiful individual or moment. As a South African we seem to have developed a strength, a drive and I have the honour and privilege of being able to use my camera as a tool to help tell the story, to evoke memory, and emotion, to teach that we are stronger than we think, to remind women of their unique beauty and ever enduring strength.
You are woman, let them hear your Roar!


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