My name is Carolyn Seaman. I am a trained lawyer with experience working on gender and development issues. I would like to direct you to read more about me in my introductory journal on World Pulse at https://www.worldpulse.com/en/community/users/carolyn-seaman/posts/32042. My experience working on women's issues with little or no progress, led me to trace the historical challenge to the lack of education and personal development that characterizes our girls from a tender age and keeps them perpetually marginalized and inaccessible to the opportunities available to their male counterparts. I ask the question, "How can a 13-year old girl who is uneducated and has no self-esteem, no life ambitions and has zero life skills rise up at 28 years or 35 years or 43 years to start up a successful business enterprise or establish a successful career in the corporate world or engage the political sector of her community or nation?" It simply does not follow. Achieving such success requires early investment in formal education or even non-formal education (vocational skills or life skills acquisition) that is able to equip and sustain the success. This gap consistently fuels my passion to engage girls and expose them to platforms that can build them up and equip them to join their male counterparts to be tomorrow's leaders. I am building a Community for girls called Girls Voices and my vision for this Community is to pool girls together to connect and share conversations around issues that affect them. Realizing that inspiration is a huge element that is absent for our girls today, I have already set up social media platforms on Facebook and Twitter to share inspiring stories of girls success in entrepreneurship, entertainment, fashion, science and technology as well as stories of development efforts to make the world better for girls.
World Pulse presents a huge model for my vision for the girls in my Country and I intend to apply the learning from my digital empowerment journey here to strengthen my leadership skills mentoring these girls and establishing an interactive and effective community the girls can engage. Also, I hope to learn a lot from participating in this group so I can further hone my leadership skills to support my mission. I am looking to address the issue of girls finding their voice and exploring spaces to make their voices count. This would help them challenge the perception that 'girls are to be seen and not heard'. I have some media skills and commendable experience producing documentaries and other quality videos and I am working with girls to tell their stories so that their voices can begin to engage within their communities and abroad. However, it's quite demanding solely coordinating all of these activities (managing the social media platforms effectively, creating stories and producing videos, establishing an effective virtual and physical community for the girls). How do I source passionate young women who would join to pursue the mission selflessly from the start? And how do I mobilize funding to support this work to build a safe space for girls to engage and be inspired to make their voices count? I am still very passionate and working hard to achieve this great vision because I believe girls voices count - I just need to mobilize the girls to believe same.