My Epiphanies: My Awakening

Josefina Navarro
Posted April 14, 2013 from Philippines
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My journey with women empowerment could be dated back since I was born. In our family, our personal empowerment is as important as respect for elders. As children, we needed to work hard in school and finish our education as our parents have planned for us. We were educated in an all-girls school and gender competition or feeling inferior was unheard of. We lived in a society where women involvement was very normal.

My parents were generous. They were both very active and involved in our community. If some families went to picnics during Sundays, ours would go to medical-dental missions. The missions were always fun for us children since we enjoyed meeting different people. This experience exposed me and awakened me to where I want my life to go.

Fortunately, after college, I got a job in an educational institution for girls. There I worked with the nuns who emphasized empowerment and social transformation for the students, teachers and community. Once again, I was exposed in helping others. I taught students livelihood education. I trained and educated girls for both their future life as mothers and career women. I also brought them for mission-exposure trips to depressed communities. I found myself very involved in my work that one day I had to choose between my successful career and my home life. I chose the latter.

As I was putting my life back together I remembered what my father told me before he passed away that in any way, “we never let any one, let alone a man, undermine us or make us feel inferior. We were given good education so we have to use it as our tool.” Decades after, I didn’t know his advice would come in handy. With fire in my heart and the willingness to start over, I took my son and saved both our sanity.

Then one day, Ruth Bech included me in her newly formed group called World Wide Women. I volunteered as a researcher. This experience opened me to see the conditions of women from different places all over the world. I was given an administrative position in the online community and there I found my direction.

In this community, I found my voice. With professional work ethics, we served news, shared blogs, wrote our opinions and posted our posters. This gave me “the” epiphany of my all epiphanies. I realized, I can be a voice for other women and educate the world of their conditions. This led me to apply to the “Voice of our Future.”

Here, through the global network of the “Voice of our Future,” I can actualize my personal goal in helping other women uplift their lives. With the far reaching power of digital technology, women transformation is at hand. The world is smaller every minute and women communities are merging. More women would be led to their own “epiphanies.” More women would be heard, helped and most of all, empowered.

Girls Transform the World 2013

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Apr 14, 2013
Apr 14, 2013

Your voice is such that it could be heard everywhere! It is good to have you here, and other places we have bonded. Thank you for sharing this, much love - Ruth

Josefina Navarro
Apr 14, 2013
Apr 14, 2013

Thank you for appreciating my work. Your encouraging words are very inspiring. Yes, it is really good to be working with you too here and in other places we are together. You are most welcome!

Much love, Jeanne

sorrows.sister
Apr 14, 2013
Apr 14, 2013

This is awesome, you have an excellent voice, pace, and rhythm. Love it!

Josefina Navarro
Apr 14, 2013
Apr 14, 2013

Thanks so much for your encouraging words! Love to see you here sister!

Caryn Dudarevitch
Apr 16, 2013
Apr 16, 2013

Your story is beautiful and so very important! Much love! - Caryn

mikabo
Apr 19, 2013
Apr 19, 2013

Jeanne, how wonderful that your parents instilled you with such courageous values! You are definitely in the right place! Here your encouraging words of support will make a huge difference to women who feel isolated and alone. I am so very happy to read of your experience and dedication to your mission. You are a true leader and I will recognize you as a "connector", someone who sees the commonality in different people and can serve as a bridge to unite them.

Your life experience is vast and your skills are appropriate for doing the work of a modern day warrior for peace. I was particularly inspired by the story of your father, who gave you so much encouragement. A truly great man! Both of your parents have served you well and I am certain you will be a great advocate for many women around the world.

Thank you for sharing your story. It was so nice to read it and think of you out there working for our sovereignty.

Warmly, Mia

CMedansky
Apr 20, 2013
Apr 20, 2013

Thank you for sharing your powerful voice and beautiful epiphany! I love that you made the connection between education and technology. I totally agree that education and connection via digital technology is empowering women as active participants and advocates for change. I look forward to reading more of your uplifting articles.

Kind regards,

Jone Bosworth
Apr 27, 2013
Apr 27, 2013

Dear Jeanne, Thank you so much for sharing this piece! It truly embodies this project -- how with technology, we can lift voices, move from epiphanies to action. A very well-written piece, I'm left curious about the transition you experienced. With incredible parents, amazing work and then "putting my life back together." What happened?

I hope you continue to write! Bravo, excellent piece!

My best, Jone

weaverheart
May 03, 2013
May 03, 2013

Hi Jeanne,

I enjoyed reading about your story and also wondered about the part when you chose "family" over career. Sounds like a very important time in your life and a chrysalis/catalyst to your shift into who you have become. Thank you for being here. We need strong and determined spirits like you around! Keep up the good work!

All the best, Laura

kimmlarson
May 12, 2013
May 12, 2013

Hi Jeanne,

Your work and your voice is an inspiration. You are assisting in other woman finding their own epiphanies. Just like your father has (and family have) helped you, you're helping others find their own path and fire. I wonder how many women and men say the same about you, that your words were an inspiration... I bet a lot!

Keep writing, voicing your experiences, inspiring woman and following your own voice. Kim