VOF WEEK 2. My Hope, my Vision I got introduced to World Pulse by Bridget Osakwe of WIPNET.Women in Peace Building.It is very interesting reading stories on women issues written by women themselves…..no one can tell our stories better.He who wears the shoes knows where it pinches. As the producer of Voices of Women Radio,Plateau Radio and Television Corporation, it was a resource base for me.I drew from the rich stories to develop the content of the Voices of Women Radio programme which is broadcast in the local language. Having access to World Pulse website has empowered me to speak on women issues with so much data, making communities reflect on their needs with a view to solving them. One of my treasured programme is the transformation of social associations to income generation. Hitherto, women met to lament over their challenges .But like the rocking chair that takes one nowhere, they did nothing to improve their lot. Reading stories on world Pulse has also empowered me to encourage victims of vesico vagina fistula to speak out…tell their stories of man’s inhumanity to man, that others may learn and not fall prey…that they may know they have reproductive rights . I have been inspired by the strong voices of women on Voices of the future yearning to be heard and calling for actions. The web 2.0 as a tool for development has also inspired me…the interaction, the feedback mechanism and the number of people that can hear ones story is just great. To really get the benefit to the grassroot,I am setting up a friendship centre where women and girls can learn the computer and know the world about the outside that of the village. Meanwhile, with the enriched content of the Voices of Women radio I am forming listening groups and using the focus group discussion method to ensure understanding of programme content.

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Hi! I just went through your journal and I must say that you're really moving towards achieving your goals. Go for it! And it's great that you found World Pulse to even broaden your network. It's true that the words and actions of others can be such an inspiration for us and drive us to work harder to reach our goals. I wish you the best in your endeavor. Great job.

Lylin

Thanks Lylin There is no doubt that World Pulse has broadened my horizon.Women in my community are better informed about the challenges women face globally.Its not about race or colour.The stories give them hope....they can also come of it.

Together our future is bright

Hi,

You are doing great work. Both sharing stories of women from WorldPulse platform to raise awareness and setting up a center for connecting girls to the rest of the world. I would have loved to read a bit more detail about a specific issue that you targeted to do awareness raising, and how it helped the women who were listening to your radio programs.

Keep up the good work.

Kind regards.

Iffat Gill

The greatest challenges facing women in my community is our culture that makes the woman feel less than a human being.She is just there for what she can contribute to the family irrespective of her well being.My message has always been that of building self esteem within the confines of the culture and tradition of our community.I am not calling for a domestic war for the woman to assert her authority.I want the woman to first identify her capacity and capability and how she can use it to empower her self; for her good and that of her household without 'tampering with the warps nest' .being the first teacher to her children,she needs to be strong and to see herself beyond being a 'baby factory'.She has the duty to shape her children's worldview....generation next.

Together our future is bright

The greatest challenges facing women in my community is our culture that makes the woman feel less than a human being.She is just there for what she can contribute to the family irrespective of her well being.My message has always been that of building self esteem within the confines of the culture and tradition of our community.I am not calling for a domestic war for the woman to assert her authority.I want the woman to first identify her capacity and capability and how she can use it to empower her self; for her good and that of her household without 'tampering with the warps nest' .being the first teacher to her children,she needs to be strong and to see herself beyond being a 'baby factory'.She has the duty to shape her children's worldview....generation next. One of the themes that have dominated our radio programming is the effective participation of women in politics.We encourage women to stand election instead of just being voters.Many have indicated interest to contest in 2015.

Together our future is bright

The greatest challenges facing women in my community is our culture that makes the woman feel less than a human being.She is just there for what she can contribute to the family irrespective of her well being.My message has always been that of building self esteem within the confines of the culture and tradition of our community.I am not calling for a domestic war for the woman to assert her authority.I want the woman to first identify her capacity and capability and how she can use it to empower her self; for her good and that of her household without 'tampering with the warps nest' .being the first teacher to her children,she needs to be strong and to see herself beyond being a 'baby factory'.She has the duty to shape her children's worldview....generation next. One of the themes that have dominated our radio programming is the effective participation of women in politics.We encourage women to stand election instead of just being voters.Many have indicated interest to contest in 2015.

Together our future is bright

The greatest challenges facing women in my community is our culture that makes the woman feel less than a human being.She is just there for what she can contribute to the family irrespective of her well being.My message has always been that of building self esteem within the confines of the culture and tradition of our community.I am not calling for a domestic war for the woman to assert her authority.I want the woman to first identify her capacity and capability and how she can use it to empower her self; for her good and that of her household without 'tampering with the warps nest' .being the first teacher to her children,she needs to be strong and to see herself beyond being a 'baby factory'.She has the duty to shape her children's worldview....generation next. One of the themes that have dominated our radio programming is the effective participation of women in politics.We encourage women to stand election instead of just being voters.Many have indicated interest to contest in 2015.

Together our future is bright

I really enjoyed reading your piece and the varied use of metaphors to illustrate your story. I am so proud of your media achievements! You clearly see the magnitude of the power of the World Pulse community and that of the internet/digital media. and have used them to empower others in your community by forming listening and focus groups for women to rise above their tormentors and shine.

Best, Julie

~ Julie Thompson

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