Hello to members of the Gender-based Violence Group

libudsuroy
Posted August 17, 2015 from Philippines

I am Lina Sagaral Reyes, an independent journalist, poet, researcher and mental-health advocate based in Cagayan de Oro City, Mindanao, The Philippines. Iam one of the three Community Champions for this Gender-based Violence group in the next six months till January 2016.

On World Pulse, I am known as libudsuroy, a term in the Cebuano language that is made up of two verbs, libud that literally translates in English as “to go around (as in a procession, as in peddling and hawking), and suroy, meaning, "to traipse, meander, leisurely walk". Translation dictionaries often saythe local neologism means “vagabond, tramp” in English. I use the noun to describe my numinous state of being in order to re-claim the noun, to mean, “wandering wonderer”.

As I have noted in a post for the recent #ThePath/Full Participation call to action, I have been acquainted with GBV’s many guises and disguises as a journalist and as a person of lived experience of mental health issues. Through those experiences, I also bore witness to the solutions-oriented responses and celebratory resistance to all forms of violence.

I see my role as Community Champion here assupportive ofthe inclusion and highlighting of the many and diverse voices around the world that has converged in this wonderful virtual community that is our very own World Pulse.

I welcome everyone who has come to the threshhold of this group. Together with my fellow champions,Nakinti and Olotusin, I will strive tohear you, andwill continue tolisten and honorevery storyin this safe space as we attend to and engage with each other. Together, I know, we will be Uproarious.

Comments 9

Log in or register to post comments
Nakinti
Aug 18, 2015
Aug 18, 2015

Dear Lina,

You are a square peg in a square hole. I can't wait to embark on this journey with you. Lets hold hands together, talk the talk and walk the walk for a better future for women.

With love.

Nakinti

Aug 25, 2015
Aug 25, 2015
This comment has been removed by the commenter or a moderator.
libudsuroy
Aug 25, 2015
Aug 25, 2015

Dear Nakinti, Walking the talk on ending violence against women with you and Olutosin is always a worthwhile Expedition. I trust that together we can inspire and mobilize our sisters in World Pulse to confront GBV and highlight the strategies of combatting them ensuring a safer worldd for all of us.

In sisterhood,

Lisa Anderson
Aug 19, 2015
Aug 19, 2015

 Dear Lina,

This is a lovely introduction! It was fascinating to learn how you chose the name libudsuroy - what a powerful statement. I especially love your line, "Together, I know, we will be Uproarious." There is no doubt in my mind that you, Nakinti and Olutosin will be a dynamic trio of Community Champions for the Gender-based Violence group. 

Shine on!

Lisa

libudsuroy
Aug 25, 2015
Aug 25, 2015

Dear Lisa,

Thank you for the warm welcome! I appreciate the all-out support for us Community Champions from you and the rest of the World Pulse staff as we embark on this Expedition.

Still, Let's be Uproarious!

Eliza Gilmore
Aug 19, 2015
Aug 19, 2015

Lina,

How wonderful to already witness you sharing your story in this group! I am eager to witness more of your journey here as you work with your team of Commnity Champions to lead the way and bring movement to this very important topic, which many women on World Pulse write about every day. We are thrilled that you've stepped up to the challenge to bring leadership here and support you all the way!

Warm Regards,

Eliza

libudsuroy
Aug 25, 2015
Aug 25, 2015

Eliza!

Your warm wishes and support for the success of our endeavors expand the courage in our hearts! I truly am grateful for this sisterhood.

Olanike
Aug 22, 2015
Aug 22, 2015

Dearest Lina (Libudsuroy),

Your word are always creatively woven together, and it warms my heart to know that you are in the frontlines of building and stirring the GBV movement to great heights; alongside your co-champions: Nakinti and Olutosin. Like Lisa, I am fascinated to know about how you came about the name Libudsuroy. Thank you so much for sharing you with us, your capapility shines through!

I celebrate YOU and your COHORTS!

Your sister and friend,

Olanike

libudsuroy
Aug 25, 2015
Aug 25, 2015

Olanike/greengirl!

Looking up to your leadership and to friendship are two of the foremost reasons why I value my membership here at World Pulse! I celebrate this most fortunate connection in the cybersphere.

In celebration of the enduring Mother Earth, the Muses and a safe world for all,