Say Their Names, Know Their Names

RAPP Women In Strength & Empowerment

 

Peer Leaders from RAPP and buildOn were honored to have attended a performance of the Tony-Award nominated play, “Eclipsed,” on Broadway. Through a generous sponsorship aimed at bringing Ten Thousand Girls to the show, we were able to bring 13 of Truman’s most dedicated leaders to the show.

From the official website, here is a synopsis of the story:

Amid the chaos of the Liberian Civil War, the captive wives of a rebel officer band together to form a fragile community—until the balance of their lives is upset by the arrival of a new girl. Drawing on reserves of wit and compassion, Eclipsed reveals distinct women who must discover their own means of survival in this deeply felt portrait of women finding and testing their own strength in a hostile world of horrors not of their own making.

Each performance was dedicated to the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria, leading to the #BringBackOurGirls movement, and we were reminded of how much struggle still exists for women and girls around the world.

RAPP Peer Leader Heidy shared “I thought it was really sad that Wife #1 couldn’t say her own legal name and kept identifying as the wife of the general. That just sounds really sad to me because we all deserve to be treated as more than a mere title. Our name represents us as individuals and we all deserve to use and accept them because we all matter.”

As RAPP and buildOn leaders continually strive to educate, empower, and support their communities, this story resonated powerfully with them. Bravo to the playwright, Danai Gurira, for bringing this very important narrative to the stage!

ReneNafeesaHeidy

WISE Women

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