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Walkout for Women


Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Safiyyah Acosta and I walked out for women on Monday 8th March, International Women's Day.

I grew up and lived most of my life in San Juan, pronounced, “Sah Woh”, not “San One”. When you’re from Sah Woh, you say, “Sah Woh”. When you’re from anywhere else you pronounce it “properly”.

I come from a huge family. I have 13 siblings, myself making 14, cousins, uncles, aunts, always in a big family setting. I have a family of my own: my sisters I organise with. My Womantra warriors [organisers of today’s march] and other women I’ve worked with in the US. And then I have my blood relatives who I live with.

“Family” is always growing, for me. And, eventually, I’ll create more family in the future. But I don’t have any children of my own at this time. I have a puppy named Passion, aka, “Miss Passion”. She’s a fierce little something, tiny but mighty.

My whole life I’ve been called a lamppost or a gaulin [long-legged egret] or “Tallest”. In primary school, I was a head taller than everyone else. You always feel like you’re not in the right class. I always had a little dip in the shoulder. [To take attention away from myself.]

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Walkout for Women


Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Safiyyah Acosta and I walked out for women on Monday 8th March, International Women's Day.

I grew up and lived most of my life in San Juan, pronounced, “Sah Woh”, not “San One”. When you’re from Sah Woh, you say, “Sah Woh”. When you’re from anywhere else you pronounce it “properly”.

I come from a huge family. I have 13 siblings, myself making 14, cousins, uncles, aunts, always in a big family setting. I have a family of my own: my sisters I organise with. My Womantra warriors [organisers of today’s march] and other women I’ve worked with in the US. And then I have my blood relatives who I live with.

“Family” is always growing, for me. And, eventually, I’ll create more family in the future. But I don’t have any children of my own at this time. I have a puppy named Passion, aka, “Miss Passion”. She’s a fierce little something, tiny but mighty.

My whole life I’ve been called a lamppost or a gaulin [long-legged egret] or “Tallest”. In primary school, I was a head taller than everyone else. You always feel like you’re not in the right class. I always had a little dip in the shoulder. [To take attention away from myself.]

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