I was only 22 years old when I discovered Worldpulse and decided to become a member, after reading stories from all around the world that deeply resonated with me. At the time, feminism was my foremost ideal and it still is, but Worldpulse empowered me to share my stories, to reveal the subversive nature of culture, that oppresses and silences women. I could relate to the countless stories about sexism and subjugation as I grew up in a highly patriarchal setting and I believed that through storytelling, girls would become better equipped to deal with overt and covert sexism.
I used to share articles on a weekly basis, but something bad happened to me in November of 2017, which actually made everything more real. My fight for equality was bolstered and my resolve strengthened. Sexism in my country was no longer a topic I had only ever been interested in, I was personally affected by sexism and male dominance. I was assaulted by my then boyfriend, disfigured, beaten and I had nowhere to go, no one to confide in, no one who would comfort me. Fortunately, I realized I wasn't alone and I turned to Worldpulse and shared my story with women, who went out of their way to bring me comfort and to empathize with me. They made me feel heard, understood and loved, more than my kin did.
I live in a country where the idea of sexism doesn't seem wrong to many people, where men want to uphold the patriarchy because they know it benefits them. In my country, women who are abused and beaten are seldom helped and men routinely get away with rape and murder. Just recently, I read about a 3 year old who was raped by a man in her neighborhood and, to my horror, I wasn't surprised. Nothing has been done to address this broken culture and activism within my country is usually limited to sex workers' rights and the like, as people are afraid to tackle and question the status quo who are very close to the religious and cultural organizations that still view women as the second, inferior sex.
Even on social media, men are extremely vicious and get away with sexualizing, demeaning and belittling women, but I want to change all that, I know that change takes time, but I'd be a coward to give in. No one should have to live in fear, no one should bear the burden of their gender, and thanks to Worldpulse, I've embraced the power of storytelling.