It’s been about 10 years now since my awakening. How time flies so fast.
But God paves the way for someone who needs His guidance the most. I did something I never thought I would do, a decision that surprised my family and relatives, and close friends.. but not my kids!
Today, with a smile, I would sometimes mutter, “what took me so long to make that decision? “
More than twenty years was long enough to endure, but I endured it all! I thought it was part of married life, that I, an emotionally-battered wife, should take it all with grace, because that was what the society where I live dictates.
That awakening led to my empowerment!
Not much has changed through the years. I still see educated and financially independent women enduring the pain, for fear of being mocked at by society, for fear of being put into more pain. If these women can be abused, just imagine how it is for those who are helpless, those who have less education, who are financially dependent.. women who do not know what they would do if they decide to get out from their situation...
When will this stop? Until when will these women continue to suffer in silence? Who will help them help themselves?
I always allot a time of my day and a space for myself alone. This is the time when I give myself the pleasure of enjoying the beauty of the words, written by faceless women, women who I would wonder whether I would get the chance to meet in person someday.
Being a writer, I am a voracious reader of blogs and journals. There is always something to learn from them. I admire women who boldly told their stories, perhaps hoping that by expressing their thoughts other women can be awakened. And in one of those ‘reading time’, I bumped on World Pulse.
From that day on, World Pulse has become a part of my life. Reading the journals in World Pulse puts me in awe, and sometimes, disbelief. Oftentimes, they leave me more inspired.
Aside from my work as a journalist and broadcaster, I am a board member of the Network of Educators for Social Transformation (NEST). Our NGO is involved in the empowerment of women, the capacity-building of the youth and the education of children.
I feel that what I do now is not enough. There is so much to do for the education and empowerment of women and children, especially the abused ones. They, too, deserve to be happy, to enjoy life. They, too, have dreams. I want to dream with them, and together, we will walk the path that some are afraid to tread.
As I watch the transformation of women who took the challenge as VOF, women who share my visions for the world, I am inspired to be like them. I have so much to offer... and World Pulse is my guiding star!!!
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