Time to take more than what is given to us.

Eastina Taylor Massaquoi
Posted March 7, 2019 from Sierra Leone
Time to take more than what is given to us.
Time to take more than what is given to us. (1/1)

Growing up in Sierra Leone as a girl I realized that there are no structures provided for women and girl to thrive. All what men do is open up some space that we can manage. I remembered going through my notes few minutes before going to take an exam final year in Secondary School and one of the boys whom I was in the same class with confronted me and told me that I am just wasting time going through all the strain to pass an exam, when I know that women are considered to make little or no decision. I was really pissed by his statement, and from that moment I swear not to play safe, but to make myself prominent in any thing I embark on.

I really hope more women and girls will make a commitment to thrive in midst of all the gender issues we are faced with. Let us don't depend on the empty promises authorities in power give on International Women's Day and every other day. Let’s build the life we want and create a conducive community we want our daughters to live in. A community that is free from underrepresented women in politics, unequal pay, little or no educational opportunities, higher poverty, stereotypes, oversexualizing, rape and domestic violence.

Presently am working a project with a colleague I went to Indiana university with to training girls in Sierra Leone and Nigeria on how to be better spokesperson for their community, how use digital skills to help the courses they are passionate about and a short film to raise awareness on low self-esteem and why girls must speak up. This project is in honor of the struggle I went through and I hope that the impact will make other girl stand up and fight against all the odds. Although we are still challenged with getting funding's to execute all our plans, am still hopeful that we will thrive amidst all the challenges.

There are days I feel like I can't make it to the next day because I am overwhelmed with problems I can't solve and these are the days I lean on other women for support. One thing I have learnt lately is to never give in to the things that constantly weighs me down. My fellow women don't forget that it’s never too late to change what you don't like or to start that new initiative. If no one motivates you, be motivated by yourself.  There will be times when people will question your real value don't be afraid to show them what you stand for and what you are made of. Let’s join our voice together and speak up for the things we believe in. My regards to all women who from dawn to dust makes the world a less dangerous place to live in.

This post was submitted in response to Change starts with a story..

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jlanghus
Mar 07
Mar 07

Hi Eastina,

Thanks for sharing your inspiring post. I'm glad that boy's nasty remark sparked a real fire in you. I'm looking forward to hearing more about your project and seeing the short film, too.

Hope you have a great IWD, and good luck with your story submission, dear!

Kay Link
Mar 07
Mar 07

You're spirit shines through in this post. It is great to see you taking action to help girls speak up and thrive with the skills and resources at their disposal. When we collectively take action and realize our power, we have so much potential to make huge impacts. Thank you for being a leader and encouraging others!

Obisakin Busayo
Mar 07
Mar 07

Yes my sister, we deserves more. Our voices together are unstoppable! thank you for sharing
Warmly
Busayo

Egrex
Mar 07
Mar 07

I feel like this is a message we all need to hear, no matter what age or country. Our experience is the same everywhere and by uniting and encouraging each other, that’s how we succeed. Please don’t ever stop spreading your message. Like (former candidate for governor in the US state of Georgia) said: We need to talk about it, all the time, and so much that it gets irritating, that it gets heard, and that changes start to happen.

Corine Milano
Mar 07
Mar 07

So great to see you posting again - wow, yes! This is powerful. Thank you for your words and for your insights. I am loving seeing all these powerful, bold women motivating each other and cheering each other on. It's what World Pulse is about. Thank you for being such a strong representative!

Leina
Mar 07
Mar 07

Words from a wise and brave woman"There will be times when people will question your real value don't be afraid to show them what you stand for and what you are made of."Thank you my sister!!❤

christinegiles
Mar 08
Mar 08

Sometimes it takes getting good and pissed off to propel us forward . . . how wonderful that you used that energy for your projects to help other women and girls in your home country. I hope you continue to be encouraged and find new opportunities to make a difference where you are. You are not alone, sister.
Christine

Thanks so much sisters for all your likes and comments. Whenever am down i will think about these comments and feel encourage.

Beautiful piece, love what you are doing.