In a world where I can be anything, I choose to be myself

Catherine Djiemo
Posted September 22, 2021 from Sweden

In a world that it's ;

- Easy to reflect what others expect of us,

- Easy to exist in another persons shadow,

- Easy to exist instead of living

- Easy to be whatever and whoever,

I could be anything but I Choose to be me. 

My ride has been exciting and challeging at thesame time, but I have been loving every turn .

In the midst of Stereotypes on teenage pregnancy, I have learnt to strive, 

In the mist of racism and colourism, I have become the voice to many migrant women in Sweden .

In a country where prejudice looms every migrant woman as uneducated, a refugee, I have come to affirm that migrant women are smart, professional and can raise their voice when they feel marginalised.

In a country where the competence of my kids is minimised, I have questioned the laws, lawmakers and tendered my petition. 

My stand on equality is clear "Everyone is worth it". 

My stand on equality gave me an opportunty to be representative for migrants rights on the need for equality in salaries for every migrant, equality to level up on the working standards for migrant woment with the same academic ladder as Swedes. 

With all this, I have also endured a fair share of critics and through it one thing stick with me " never back down when your human right is marginalised " .

Like I always say 

I am Catherine,

I am a girl,

I am a mom,

I am a woman,

I am black ,

I am smart,

I am here to stay ,

And my rights to equality matters .

Take it, or move.

This story was submitted in response to The Real Me.

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rebecca.tang
Sep 23
Sep 23

Thank you for sharing. People may have bias and stereotypes on others. However, it does not matter. We have to perform well and be ourselves. Everyone of us is unique. How others view us is not really matter.
Be strong! Stay Safe!
May Almighty God bless you and your family!

Catherine Djiemo
Sep 24
Sep 24

Hej Rebecca,
Thanks för those Words of encouragement. I absolutely agree with you that the World is filled with so many societal bias and its so easy for us all to get drained out by these sterotypes; Always trying to live up to them,impress on others or attach our sense of social identities to these biases . Am Glad to be here, to have found worldpulse. I needed this and it's a beautifull sensation .
Hugs

Starshine
Sep 24
Sep 24

I am so glad you have first decided who you are. I love "Take it, or move." I also love you open your heart to the needs of others in the journey of becoming and growing.

Catherine Djiemo
Sep 24
Sep 24

Hej Starshine,
Thanks . " The journey of becoming and growing" that there could be a book tittle . I bear with me these Words ypurs and look forward to what it maybe transform into.
Hugs

megsmueller
Sep 24
Sep 24

Well said sister and how are you? Thank you for your voice. You know, it amazes me how certain individuals will live in someone else's past. It's as if they will not rest until your past determines who you are? I hope I'm making sense right now? Nevertheless, let us be the best "us" we can be. It's real, it's genuine and stress free.

Much love to you sister.

Catherine Djiemo
Sep 24
Sep 24

Thanks Meg,
I believe everyday is a new beging but history turn to tie us to our past and from that it make hypothesis. But interestinly it just a hypothesis, so its for us as individuals first and as a group to rewrite our narratives , see value in ourselves.
Hugs

Phinnie
Sep 24
Sep 24

Catherine--What a gift you are to your migrant sisters and an inspiration to women everywhere!

Catherine Djiemo
Sep 24
Sep 24

Hej Phinnie,
Thanks on such kind words. To empower someone else is to be self-empowered. So many women have inspired me in this journey together and keep inspiring me. Our stories have ignited our voices together and i believe that together we are strive in getting across the message on equality.
Hugs

Phinnie
Sep 24
Sep 24

I, too, believe in the ripple effect of being inspired by others which leads to us inspiring and empowering others which in turn, leads to
self-empowerment! Thank-you for sharing this message!

juliefun
Sep 24
Sep 24

I felt so moved by this, in the world right now I feel like the best thing that we can do is be ourselves and know that we are supported!

Catherine Djiemo
Sep 24
Sep 24

Hej Juliefun,
Absolutely, it's so much raseri when we are authentic with ourselves, our feeling, our experiences. All these are what defines us and our narratives. Never neglect to be someone we are not.
Hugs

Adriana Leigh G.
Sep 26
Sep 26

Dear Catherine,

Woo hoo - "take it or move", this is POWER!

Love love love this. You are here to stay. We are beside you in solidarity.
Hugs hugs from Canada,
Adriana

Catherine Djiemo
Oct 01
Oct 01

Hej Adriana ,
Thanks for such encouragement., it warms my heart with joy. Happy to get intouch with you in sisterhood.
Mvh
Catherine

Corine Milano
Oct 01
Oct 01

Catherine, I love this post - thank you for speaking up! Excited to share that World Pulse has featured this in the email digest that goes out today — congrats for being highlighted!

Catherine Djiemo
Oct 01
Oct 01

Hej Corine,
I appreciate that you love my reality , its a rollercoastal most of the times but its worth it.
Am quite new on world pulse and that implies i do not yet understand alot of the communication here. What is an email digest and why does someones story get featured in it ?
Hugs
Catherine

Olanike Adesanya
Oct 01
Oct 01

Oh Really?
Let me first Congratulate you that your Story featured.
My right to equality matters, even as a Refugee?
This is interesting.
Thanks for educating me.

Hunmm... I hope I got you right, Catherine.
I have always thought you can only exercise your right (or claim bone) in the territory wher you're first citizen, (a freeborn). Not where you've sought assylum or a refuge.
Wow!

Catherine Djiemo
Oct 02
Oct 02

Hej Olanike,
Its very interesting the missconceptions surrounding the word "refugee".
This is what makes my work so interesting. Am not a refugee myself but am a Black woman who have been called a refugee many time because i am Black.
I recently Published a study on the pyschosocial health of refugee migrant in Sweden. And trust me i was shock to realise the sterotypes on refugees and how these affected them.
But to answer your questions,refugees have rights just like any other person in the country they seek assylum. They may not enjoy certain social benefit while their case is being processed but they have active human rights in that country.

Olanike Adesanya
Oct 03
Oct 03

I just have to another big thanks for this job of yours.
Like I always say it, and I will always do, information is vital. It may be the only thing we require to get a broblem solved.
Thanks Catherine for this piece. I have learned a lot from it, and do you know I am already spreading this news of rights, in Refugee. People were like WOW! That I sought and was granted assylum does not make me an object of ridicule.
This is a plus to World Pulse Sisters stories from me.

Catherine Djiemo
Oct 03
Oct 03

Am humbled and thankfull to the platform that world pulse is giving us to share and empower each other . Thanks and lots of hugs
Mvh
Catherine Djiemo

Jefiter
Oct 01
Oct 01

. Of course, no backing down!
Way to go. I love your courage.

Catherine Djiemo
Oct 02
Oct 02

Thanks Jefiter

SIMON MUREU
Oct 01
Oct 01

This is a good read.Thank you for it

Catherine Djiemo
Oct 02
Oct 02

Thanks Simon för reading

Reena Saxena
Oct 02
Oct 02

What a beautiful story, Catherine! I've shared it on my site Fiery Females . Link here
https://sacredcircleforwomen.wordpress.com/2021/10/02/i-choose-to-be-mys...

Catherine Djiemo
Oct 02
Oct 02

Thanks Reena for such an honor. Am humbled by your gesture.
Hugs

Cgbidi
Oct 02
Oct 02

Thanks for standing up to speak Catherine

Catherine Djiemo
Oct 02
Oct 02

Thanks for Reading
Hugs

Queen Sheba D Cisse
Oct 05
Oct 05

Hello Catherine,
what a way to GO! Yes in this world of racism, discrimination on wealth status, health status and just being a basic human being status is a fight of everyday life.
I so to agree that people and women of course are so talented and amazing. Unfortunately people of color when migrated to other countries especially in Europe is often viewed as a threat and burden. If given the chance for residence status, a career in these countries many have so much to contribute to the societies in the country they find themselves in.
Keep being "worth It"! Because you are and inspire other women of color to do the same.
The world belongs to GOD and NOT man, black or white but to the whole human race!
Thanks for sharing your story and being YOU!
All the best success in your mission in Sweden,
sincerely,
Mama Queen