Worldpulse sisters again was fully represented at the Imagine Global Conference in India. This is because in every global voices and network, you can be sure that worldpulse sisters will be represented.
We are voices that are everywhere and every part of the world. Since Worldpulse founded my voice in 2009, my voice keep vibrating louder and louder home and abroad. I won the award scholarship to receive empowerment training at the Empowerment Institute who founded Imagine Initiative to empower women in the developing countries.
I became connected with Imagine Initiative and was made the Imagine program manager in Nigeria in 2010.
This year Imagine celebrated five years of working in several developing countries and at the conference, eight countries was represented. There and there, I met my worldpulse sister Leah from Kenya life and direct. We have been connected online for the past six years and this January 2015 we met physically for the first time at Imagine global conference. She won the award scholarship of imagine in 2014.
Leah and I clicked immediately we saw each other because we were always bonded in our worldpulse community. Jensine the great dreamer has brought together thousands of dreamers round the world and our dreams are now realities. Like another worldpulse sister has rightly said, just by a click in our computer, you became connected to the whole world through worldpulse.
The ripples effect of our voices touching everywhere. The world is feeling our pulses more and more and it is becoming more and more difficult to ignore the voices of women. We are moving higher!!
At the Imagine global summit, women from eight countries of the world were able to share best practices and how we can continue to move Imagine forward in our respective countries.
Imagine Initiative is working to make empowerment of women and girls total by introducing the human agency workshop into the empowerment of women.
According to Gail Straub, the co- founder of Empowerment Institute, the missing piece in the empowerment equation is the personal agency.
In the Empowerment Workshop women are taught to be responsible to their own thoughts, they take their destiny back into their own hands. As they learn to trust their own voices and discern their own beliefs, they are no longer dependent on outer authority—political, cultural, or religious—to either direct or impart meaning to their lives. Women in the developing world—indeed all women—need a fully developed sense of self to sustain the courage and resilience required in resisting such powerful forces. Revolution has always taken place just as much inside the psyche as outside on the streets. Every aspect of the four-day Imagine empowerment workshop teaches a woman to rely on her own interiority in order to determine the unique direction of her life. Because listening to and trusting one’s own voice is so central to gaining agency, the role of the facilitator is distinctly non hierarchical; rather than answering as an expert, the facilitator frequently returns the questions back to the women. Imagine trainers that is all of us working in our different countries were trained to teach by example.
We use our own life stories, complete with our ups and downs, challenges, and triumphs to teach our participants to help them look inward too as we deliver the workshops. As the leader, the facilitator is eminently human, and during the four days, she, like the participants, continues on her journey of learning and growing.
My first workshop in 2010 when I got back to Nigeria included my husband and two daughter and they are all fully involved with the work in Nigeria. When it became a reality that we had to include the husbands in the empowerment workshops to make it work Nigerian women because of the patriachy culture, my husband, Makanjuola became involved in the work to organize the workshop for the men (husbands) first before we then deliver the workshop to the women (wives). He was also invited to share the best practice on including the men in the empowerment workshop at the global summit. In African culture patriachy is still a major issue and for the Empowerment workshops to benefit women immersely, their husbands need to be carried along and have the knowledge of the workshop.
I will forever be grateful to Jensine and worldpulse that founded my voice, brought me to the limelight to be part of this wonderful global human and personal agency empowerment.