Stories of Girls’ Resistance
Khensani, Mozambique

Khensani

“I feel like liberation is just not being afraid of not knowing… because we’re so afraid of actually not knowing. Like when we free ourselves from this idea, it’s OK for not having a definition of what’s a woman. Or what’s a man. It’s OK. A woman can be anything and a man can be anything. It’s a scary place to be… I feel like liberation is the exact opposite of that. It’s you embracing that we actually never know and things can take different shapes, things can be different things and we as people, we are that. Yeah, our existence is that.”

Khensani’s Artifact

My artifact is a smart phone. From my experience, I feel like people find young people’s addiction, as they like to call it, to smartphones a bad thing. You know, it doesn’t matter what you are doing, if you’re on the phone you are so rude, you’re so… Yeah, smartphones are just really negatively seen in my context. Part of being so woke has to do with everything that I do on my phone. So there is really not much of me growing and of me strengthening my ideals and of being really sharp in who I am and what I want to be that doesn’t involve my phone. From the connections I have, like I’m part of so many networks, so many groups. Yes, I’m just connected to so many people that I have never met. Really, I have never met but we do so much amazing work together… And I feel like to some extent, it really filled my journey in the sense that it doesn’t limit me to boundaries, to where I am, I can only act here. I feel like I can still be active in so many different places even if I’m not there physically. All thanks to my phone. So yeah, when I started thinking of the artefact, yeah, I’d be like really just faking it if I tried to go to something that is traditional or something that’s, I don’t even know, but that would not be me. My journey is me really deeply connected to my phone.