DISCLAIMER. I would like to thank the newspapers that have covered the Walter Masocha story as they have helped raise awareness of abuse happening in some churches which has been going unreported. However, I have not given any national newspapers the right to waiver my anonymity as a victim of Walter Masocha. This is a personal blog and its within my legal rights to express myself here. According to the law my identity is protected in the media. At this stage, I do not wish to be named in any Scottish or English National Papers. Any newspapers that will name me/ or have already done so have done this without my permission or consent. Any newspapers which have published my picture have done so without my consent. I do not wish to have my pictures published in any Scottish or English newspapers. I ask the media , which I greatly respect for their support in this case in covering the story to respect my right to anonymity as a victim and not name me in any newspapers unless I sign a consent form and agree to do so. I am not ready to be named and I want to use the protection I am granted by law at this time. Thank you.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Its International Women's Day!
So the countdown has finally begun! The day is drawing nigh. Its only a few days to our International Women's Day Victim No More event! Jean is excited okay! A little nervous of course, but I feel empowered and ready for this day. When Muzvare Betty Makoni told me about this day last year in October, I was like no way. I was kinda used to false promises you see and I had little faith, and boy I never thought she would actually do an event to support me. Me. Jean Gasho. It sounded too good to be true. But hey its really happening, Muzvare Betty is a woman of her word indeed. She is passionate about her work and I could never ask for a better mentor.
Muzvare Betty Makoni
I have been kinda busy preparing for 1 March, please forgive me for the silence, but I thought my readers the keyboard warriors would like to hear from me. I thank God for the blog secretary Debbie Mackenzie who is now mostly in charge of this blog. She is God sent and I thank God for all her hard work. So back to 1 March, its International Women's Day launch. A day to celebrate women. International women's day has been running since 1911, and each year there is a theme. The theme for 2014 is inspiring change, celebrating social, political and economic achievements of women whilst focusing world attention on areas requiring further change. I feel honored as a woman to play a small part on this special time of the year. If my speaking out about Church abuse saved one little girl or just one woman from going through what I went through in the hands of Pastors and a Church leader, then I feel my purpose was achieved. I want to inspire change. I am going to speak with such a voice on the 1st of March that even a woman in the remotest part of Africa will hear that there is a woman called Jean somewhere in this world who said NO to Church abuse. God will perfect that which He started. This day is not just about me, its for every woman who has suffered in the hands of any so called Man of God. Its time for change!
Okay so I am kinda like a fashion freak. Fashion and style is at the heart of who we are as women. Fashion identifies us with our passions, and I sure wanted to bring this spirit into the 1 March event. When Muzvare Betty asked me what my favourite colour was, I visualised the event. Orange is not just my favorite color, orange is me. It defines me. I don't know why I love this color, but I have always been drawn to it ever since I was a child. Orange is colour of passion, even my living room is orange. I also happen to wear a lot of orange. Muzvare Betty keeps talking about the venue for 1 March being a place of healing and moving on. Orange is actually one of the primary healing colors. Orange is optimistic. With its enthusiasm for life, the color orange relates to adventure, risk taking, inspiring physical confidence, competition and independence. Those inspired by orange are always on the go. Its a color that aids the assimilation of new ideas and frees the spirit of its limitations, giving us the freedom to be ourselves. What am I saying, for me orange is the ultimate fashion accessory. Just wearing this vibrant bold color is stimulating to me both mentally and physically. I am having my dress tailor made for 1 March, I want my designer to bring out the ultimate orange in me! For that reason the theme colors for this event are orange, brown and black. I hope we will all be rocking our orange swagga on 1 March in Essex. Brown is for the strong woman of color, and black is for black beauty and elegance, but the main color remains vibrant orange.
Some ideas on how to rock orange on 1 March...
Orange always looks radiant on brown skin, here is one of my favorite natural icons Lira at the BET awards in tangerine orange...
Some simple yet sophisticated orange designs from Johari Designs
And don't we just love Jennifer Hudson especially in orange...
In Agape I was well known for wearing orange, I guess that was always the fighter in me...
Its International Women's Day, ladies lets wear orange for positive change! Oh and men are very welcome to the event too, they may not wanna wear orange, but black or brown would look good and complement the bright orange! Its an event for empowering women to say no to church abuse but men are also needed as the fear and stigma of spiritual and sexual abuse is instilled in women by men who have no awareness of spiritual related sexual abuse. Its time for change for both men and women!
Its been pretty amazing. I am an author in my own right at last. I will be officially launching and signing my book Napolia on 1 March. Its taken me this long and for this reason this is my empowerment as a woman at its best. Signing my book on International Womens Day Launch. When you realize the sky is the limit and no man can ever take away the gift that is in you, not even a man of God, then you could not be more empowered as a woman. What God has blessed no man can curse. I launched my official website last week www.jeangasho.com and the book is now on Amazon and God is doing amazing things indeed.
So Muzvare Betty Makoni interviewed a number of women in preparation for 1 March and I happened to be one of them. The interview is now available on Nehanda Radio please listen t it and be inspired. I couldn't believe it when I listened to the interview myself, some really mind boggling truths about the severity of church abuse in Agape.
So dear readers, keyboard warriors, this is how far we have come, I hope to see you all on 1 March, its going to be a day like no other, come and be inspired. My family is also going to be there, and my dearest friends who have stood by me through these trying times will be supporting me. I am Jean, and I am a VICTIM NO MORE, till I see you on 1 March! Be blessed.