Let's promote women's education

Emmanuella BURHAMA
Posted April 5, 2020 from Democratic Republic of the Congo

When I was nine,my parents split up.This is how I was raised by my mother since my early childhood.She was devoid of anything but the love she had for her children,her main source of motivation. She had no help and could not receive any help to properly provide for our growth and schooling,me and my brothers.Without any job,without any other source of income,we led a hard life.We had no place to stay for the night.Even when we did have a roof over our heads;the house was not equipped.There was no bed,no chair,not even utensils to cook for us when we had the grace to find something to eat. The only guarantee she had to get was,even to this day,a strong faith in her God. But also her education. Yes,she is an educated woman,who was able to get her degree in education. These were her only weapons to get us out of the precarious situation in which we lived. I would have liked to help her during this difficult period of crossing the desert,but I was only 9 years old. All I could Offer him was obedience and discipline. Thanks to her degree,courage,pugnacity and determination,she was able to find a job.A job that didn't bring her much in the beginning,a job that couldn't pay me even one term of schooling. But at least she had a start. It was the beginning of hope for us to get out of it. As strong as she is,we had been able to study under good conditions. She knew the secret of education. Years later lost her job.I was a senior at the university. This situation no longer weighed too heavily on us. She was able to build her own house and equipped it to her taste. Her savings ensured that my brothers and I had a good education.

This story in my family taught me a lot and boosted me even more to take my studies seriously. The empowerment of women has been what has inspired me the most. I can only imagine what we would have become after this separation if my mother was not an educated and empowered woman. As a study has shown,if all women in the world learned to read,write and had the right to study,to work and to have a profession,and if all these women knew their rights,the social,economic and political development of their countries and of the world would be accelerated. Hence the importance of the education of the girl child. The girls of today are the future of the women of tomorrow. But also the future of entire nations. That is why it is essential that they receive a good education and learn to enforce their rights.

The phenomenon of early marriage,which is still prevalent in some societies in the world,is a consequence of the lack of education for women but also of the level of poverty in many families. Marriage is taken for some as a refuge,some even enter into marriage because of poverty,forgetting that they are capable of fighting it by themselves. Because an educated woman can take control of her life,raise awareness of the importance of education and ensure that her children have a quality education and thus fight in turn against discrimination against girls such as forced marriage,early pregnancy,...Moreover,an uneducated woman will find it harder to make her voice heard. She will not be able to participate actively in the decision-making process of the society in which she lives. There is also the danger that this situation may be perpetuaded for the next  generation.

Hence the need to educate women,a daily struggle. As they say,to educate women is to educate a whole society.

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Tamarack Verrall
Apr 05
Apr 05

Hello Emmanuela,
A big welcome to World Pulse! What a strong and determined woman your mother is, and what a powerful story showing the absolute importance for women to be able to get an education.
"...if all these women knew their rights, the social, economic and political development of their countries and of the world would be accelerated". You carry from such personal experience the spirit of World Pulse. This is what we are here to do together.
In sisterhood,
Tam

Emmanuella BURHAMA
Apr 06
Apr 06

Hello dear Tamarack
thank you for your warm welcome,thank you four your interest in my story. Together we will fight for the education for women. Stay safe

florence kekong
Apr 05
Apr 05

Dear Emmanuela,
Nice to read your piece. It reminds me of the song by Legendary Reggae Musicians, Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff, "Who feels it knows it all". As women, we go through these ugly times together. I am happy that you are not only determined to make life better, but you are igniting actions and encouraging the education of women. Great way to go, because of a truth, nothing happens without the women. Thank you dear, for sharing.
Love from,
Florence Kekong

Emmanuella BURHAMA
Apr 06
Apr 06

Hello dear Florence
It's a pleasure to read you,thank you for your encouragement,...Oh yes nothing without women,stay blessed and safe. Thank you very much.

rebecca.tang
Apr 05
Apr 05

Thank you for sharing. Your story is very inspirational.

Education is very important. It can change our life and society. We need to work more to ensure all girls/woman have education opportunity.

Emmanuella BURHAMA
Apr 06
Apr 06

Dear Rebecca
Thank you so much,together in this fight we will make it,stay safe and take care of yourself.

Hello, Emmanuella,

Welcome to World Pulse! My youngest son's name is Emanuel. :)

Thank you for sharing your inspiring story and how your mother was a resilient woman. Please continue to write more of your stories. We stand with you on your advocacy on education and empowerment for women.

Welcome again to our growing sisterhood!

Emmanuella BURHAMA
Apr 07
Apr 07

Hello Karen
Thank you for your support and encouragement. Together we will make it happen .
kisses to my namesake Emanuel

Anita Shrestha
Apr 10
Apr 10

Dear Sis
Women education is great for every things. Therefore, go ahead , congratualtion

Emmanuella BURHAMA
Apr 16
Apr 16

Hello dear
Thank you for your comment,Take care