My Propeller

Leonida Odongo
Posted September 6, 2020 from Kenya

I joined World Pulse in 2008, at first , I was just navigating the site , reading stories but never commenting and of course I wasn’t writing much partly because I did not have the confidence and also kept asking myself , if I write , who is going to read?. I started writing more when an article I wrote for Pambazuka News , got reposted in Black Agenda Report[1]- a leftist US online  magazine and at the same time another article I had written on Climate Change and the relevance of international solidarity also got reposted on a Third World Network[2] African Agenda magazine.

It was a very exciting moment for me .It was my Aha Moment!. The realisation that yes, I can write and yes people not only in my motherland  read what I write but I have audience across continents .That was the fuel that made me start taking article writing seriously. I told myself , I can share with the world the stories of what I see every day when I engage communities , the struggles and the triumphs when communities succeed in what they want .Armed with a pen and paper , I started laying out stories. I had bundles of foolscaps to write rough drafts before doing the typing. Sometimes the stories would flow , other times , I would have to start all over again. My greatest supply of stories were the everyday interactions I had and continue to have with community members .Writing has made me to be keener on what people say , what their perspectives are and why they behave the way they do.

Publishing on World Pulse is often a humbling moment , through this I have gotten to interact with sisters from different continents .Through World Pulse connections , I successfully organised a zoom dialogue to discuss Movement Building[3],  with Tamarack Verrall a World Pulse member from Canada and continue to learn new things daily as well as connect .Through World Pulse I get an opportunity to raise my voice on issues happening in my country and in the African continent. I also give fellow sisters an opportunity to get to understand Africa and issues  as they unravel. I get a lot of encouragement from World Pulse sisters’ comments on the articles I write , this gives me more energy to write more stories.

World Pulse has increasingly put me on the world map, I have been featured on World Pulse page talking about Navigating the Digital Divide , an article I wrote and posted on Widows  and Landlessness  has been featured on Women’s UN Report Network[4] (WURN) thanks to World Pulse, additionally an article I wrote on Menstruation  will be featured on a report to be shared with the UN thanks to Mohinder  from Action on Child , Early and Forced Marriage. The article on menstruation challenges had a lot of comments, this enhanced visibility for what I do in Kenya. .Through World Pulse , I have earned the title of  Vocal contributor and Encourager. It feels great reading and commenting on fellow sister’s articles, it gives them the assurance that they are on the right path and they are in the right place. Being part of world Pulse is the best decision I ever made.

                             Long Live World Pulse! Long Live Sisterhood! Globalise the Struggle! Globalise Hope

References 

[1] https://blackagendareport.com/climate_change_and_human_rights

[2] http://www.twnafrica.org/africanagenda/Agenda%2019.5.pdf

[3] https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=10222893849482949&set=pob.1478840883

[4] https://wunrn.com/2020/05/kenya-widows-landlessness/

This story was submitted in response to #OurImpact.

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Regina Afanwi Young
Sep 06
Sep 06

Hello sister Leonida, how are you doing?Am so glad to hear World pulse has helped you built your confidence in story writing and has also increased visibility in your work in Kenya. Thanks for always reading and encouraging other sisters. Together women are stronger.
Would love to read more from you.
Stay safe dear.
Hugs

Leonida Odongo
Sep 08
Sep 08

Dear Regina,

Thank you for the comments.The World Pulse journey has been amazing.

Jensine Larsen
Sep 06
Sep 06

Wow! You are a legend! One of the original first voices of World Pulse!!!!!! What an inspiration and role model you are to this community, Leonida. We honor you and we are fortunate to be gifted by your presence and energy a decade on. Just the beginning of your global voice and leadership my love! Propeller ON!!

Leonida Odongo
Sep 08
Sep 08

Dear Jensine,

Thank you very much for the comments and thank you for nurturing the World Pulse idea and connecting women world wide.

Tamarack Verrall
Sep 06
Sep 06

Dear Leonida,
I loved reading about your progressive deepening of your involvement here within World Pulse, and also am amazed at the work you have accomplished. I am highlighting a little of what is behind your links hoping it will encourage others reading to click on them, too. [1] “Why is it predetermined that dumpsites should be located in Eastlands part of Nairobi where the poor live?” [2] Challlenging why current trade policies continue to impoverish hose doing the actual work [3] Great photos of strong women in a Trade Movement Building Conversation [4} "To indigenous communities land means life", and "The loss of land is also often orchestrated by male relatives under the guise of “a widowed woman must be inherited”. Big congratulations on all you have been doing.
Deep sisterhood,
Tam

Leonida Odongo
Sep 08
Sep 08

Dear Tam,

Thank you for the comments.We have to speak out and let the world know.

Nini Mappo
Sep 06
Sep 06

Hello Leonida (again:) ),
It is lovely to trace your journey in World Pulse, to see your milestones and how much this space has amplified your impact and got your voice heard in places you would have otherwise have had no access to. It is indeed a decade of growth and possibilities for you!
Thank you for sharing your power journey, it is encouraging.

Leonida Odongo
Sep 08
Sep 08

Thank you for the comments sister Nini. More energy .

Chidimma
Sep 07
Sep 07

Wow... Lovely Dear Leonida. It's nice to know how Worldpulse have impacted on you and your writing skills. We are always here to read your stories. Keep sharing and kudos to your work.
Love.
Chidimma

Leonida Odongo
Sep 08
Sep 08

Dear Chidimma,

Thank you for the comments .Keep reading , I will keep writing.

Hello, sister-Professor Leonida,

Congratulations on being a Vocal Contributor and an Encourager. The posts you write are valuable information. I learn a lot from your well-prepared compositions with corresponding references. I encourage you to apply as a World Pulse Ambassador, dear sister. Please keep yourself posted on announcements. You'll be a great Ambassador. I can't wait to listen to what you can share during Thriving Thursdays! Keep up the great work! We appreciate your contribution to this sisterhood.

Leonida Odongo
Sep 10
Sep 10

Dear Sister Karen,

Thank you for the comments .I will apply for the World Pulse Ambassador and see how it goes . Salamat you for believing in me.