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Kadidia Doumbia
Posted December 21, 2016 from United States
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My back is against the wall. It is a serious decision I need to take and both my life and my son’s life depend on the option I will choose for our future.

I am going to Paris where my mother is from.

I left the Ivory Coast as a dance teacher and the women's coordinator for the campaign on Violence Against Women for Amnesty International in the country.

In France, in less than four years I was an executive bilingual assistant for one of the 5 most important Industrial Property Law firms in Europe, a guest choreographer for the National Ballet of Mali and a member of the executive committee of the International Dance Council-UNESCO.

Today, I live in the USA where I taught French for many years, in a private preparatory school in northern Georgia. I had a directorship position at one of the prestigious language institutions of the country. I am a co-writer of an award winning book. My son just graduated from College.

During my journey, I lost my best friend. My father passed away in 2005. You don't know how much you love somebody until you lose this person. I am still mourning him but I know NOW how much he loved me.

My vision and my battle have not changed: the acknowledgement and the respect of women’s civil rights in West Africa.

In November 2016, I earned a National Certification as a Domestic Violence Advocate. I learned a lot, I learned also about my own journey.

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Jill Langhus
Dec 22, 2016
Dec 22, 2016

Hi Kadidia, Thanks for sharing your story. I believe if you follow your heart, you will never be steered wrong:) Good luck in your decision, and go boldly and confidently in the direction you truly want to go and you won't regret it:-)

Kadidia Doumbia
Oct 13, 2017
Oct 13, 2017

Thank you.

Jill Langhus
Oct 14, 2017
Oct 14, 2017

You're welcome:) Have a great day!

WorldCare
Dec 31, 2016
Dec 31, 2016

Dear Kadidia, you are fortunate to have so much education and credentials! I admire your strong interest in helping women in West Africa regain/retain their civil rights. This is of utmost importance. In Paris will you continue your training? Do you plan to go back to West Africa to help directly, or start an organization which would work for this? Thanks for writing this biographical information. I wish you the very best in your serious endeavors!

Kadidia Doumbia
Oct 13, 2017
Oct 13, 2017

Thank you.

Yes I hope to be able to help women in West Africa.

Natasha L
Feb 23, 2017
Feb 23, 2017

Dear Kadidia - Wow, your educational, career, training, advocacy and dance skills and successes are impressive.  Your journey has no doubt been full of adversity as well as achievement. I can tell that you have worked very hard and been dedicated to learning and working for human rights.  And you love dance!!!!  The world needs your passions, Kadidia.  Keep writing so we can hear about the progress of your plans and dreams for your life and for humanity.

Kadidia Doumbia
Oct 13, 2017
Oct 13, 2017

Thank you for the support Natasha.