In Burundi, Women are the Future

dmuragijimana
Posted April 30, 2013 from United States

Women are the makers of society. If women are empowered, then the society is empowered. Over the last couple of years I have been working with African you and focusing my research and writing on women. It is my vision to continue working with women particularly in post-conflict zones in Africa. Women in these zones face unique challenges where at times, having had to adopt a different lifestyle during the time of war, they return to a society that expects them to assume their former roles that have been relegated to them by society. For instance, during conflict, women are often left behind by their male counterparts who go out to fight or flee. In these instances women have to become the sole breadwinners. The family units are also broken and girls who were abducted and raped have to assimilate to society again and at times have to live among the perpetrators.

My hope for these women, starting with Burundi, is first and foremost give them a voice where their stories can be heard. Most importantly, I would like to establish a medium where research can take place, and women’s issues are given a platform where the state government can act based on researched data. I would also like to create a strong network of peer mentors for women that is economically based. Women training other women on how to start and run businesses in a process where a network of women with diverse backgrounds can lean on each other for support. This program will be just one of the many stepping-stones to achieving my goals. I will have access to a network of women that I will be able to learn from, and glean from their experiences in their diverse communities. I will also be able to have a consistent platform where I can continually explore the meaning of being a citizen journalist, and what that entails. I have consistently asked myself what my responsibilities, as a blogger, were. I think that having this platform will enable me to explore this further, pushing myself to use this time as a growing period and an opportunity to seek out other women who are interested in working on women’s issues in different post-conflict regions in Africa. This vision is not clear at the moment, but I am hoping, working with a mentor will also help me horn in on this.

One thing is for sure, if given the opportunity to participate in this program, I will use it to highlight on women issues in Burundi- particularly since not very many of us have had the opportunity to become actively involved in the digital space.

Voices of Our Future Application: Your Vision

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Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Apr 30, 2013
Apr 30, 2013

Dear Dmuragijimana, women are the future. It is bitter sweet fact that we are the future for the world that we live in. we need to combine efforts and ensure that girls are given a chance to go school so that they can be leaders in their communities and the different countries of this world. For sure digital space campaigns are the way for our voices to be heard and we have to ensure that women are given a chance speak and their voices are heard. Thank you for posting and i encourage you to post as many more stories as you can so that your voice and the voice of the women in your community can be heard. Stay blessed my sister and continue to fight for the women in your communities and country.

Lylinaguas
May 04, 2013
May 04, 2013

Great post! You're definitely moving in the direction of achieving your visions. Burundi is one of the few countries I have read about years back where women created a change of their own to be able to sustain themselves by growing their own farms and successfully making money out of it. They have empowered themselves without helplessly waiting for aid to come from others. By making your vision come true, you will also be also help mould their role in society as the future of Burundi. History has already confirmed that they can and are the future of Burundi. With your support and wider access to media you can be the catalyst for change by making their stories heard. Good luck on your endeavors. I'm sure you'll touch many lives and those you have or will touch, will always remember you as the woman who changed their lives.

weaverheart
May 05, 2013
May 05, 2013

Thank you for posting this. You have raised many good ideas for offering positive support for the women of Burundi (and their families!). It seems that your drive and vision will help you to achieve these and manifest them to fruition. Please keep sharing with others, here and elsewhere. I think you are on to something and it can go far!

All the best to you, Laura

Mila
May 06, 2013
May 06, 2013

Thank you for sharing your writing with us. It is great to read all of your creative, practice and positive suggestions for improving the lives of the women in Burundi. Out of curiosity, what is your connection to Burundi? I wish you all the best as your hard, yet honorable and rewarding work towards making a better world.

Keep on sharing your stories with the world. Best, Mila

Hesychia
May 06, 2013
May 06, 2013

Dear Dmuragijimana ~

You share a complete and steady vision of helping women to grow and make changed in their communities. It's a good vision. Your connection to Burundi feels deep and real. I wish you well in continuing your dream!

Blessings ~ Hesychia