CHANGEMAKING RESOURCES

Sally maforchi Mboumien
Posted March 27, 2017 from Cameroon
The breast is my pride as a woman. Photo courtesy Sally Mboumien

Before I drafted my resource inventory and strategy, I had a very limited idea of what a resource could be. I immediately thought resources were only funds or materials available for meaningful change to take place within a community. Now I realize that my definition of resource was very limiting. Now, I am amazed by the powerful assets I have for the change I want to see.

How could I have possibly ignored the most powerful asset that I have that drives my desire to change my community? My dream of a community where women and girls are empowered psychologically and economically through knowledge of, as well as rights to, their sexual and reproductive health through social clinics, renews my strength daily when I get out of bed. In addition to my clear vision, my willingness to be vulnerable about my own experience is a deep resource that helps me overcome cultural obstacles. When I share my personal crude abortion story and dramatise somewhat “don’t talk about” parts of sexual and reproductive health, I capture my audience’s attention and have a meaningful exchange with my community. These tools help me break down barriers and tension and encourage participation and learning.

Even with these powerful resources, I would have died unnoticed or frustrated out of my vision if not for the social resources I have. Thanks to the wonderful support I have from World Pulse, a place where I share my fears, successes and aspirations with an ever listening and supportive community, I am able to keep making my dream a reality. What an amazing way of getting local and global support. I believe with these assets and many others I am empowered to create meaningful change.

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SALLY MAFORCHI MBOUMIEN

COORDINATOR/FOUNDER COMAGEND CAMEROON

Facebook page: common action for gender development

Website: www.comagend.org

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Jill Minneman
Mar 27, 2017
Mar 27, 2017

Your most powerful asset is your deep well of commitment within you!

Sally maforchi Mboumien
Mar 28, 2017
Mar 28, 2017

Hi Jill thanks for the powerful observation!

Rahmana Karuna
Mar 27, 2017
Mar 27, 2017

OH MY GODDESS Sally, thank you for talking about "down there", my vision is down there becomes "Yoni" again, or another beautiful term. I LOVE THE PICTURE OF YOU holding your breasts, and all the boys holding theirs, and the smiles of everyone in the room, holding their own breasts..........i am posting this to facebook and hope the photo appears...blessings dear one

Sally maforchi Mboumien
Mar 28, 2017
Mar 28, 2017

Thanks sis. you are free to share hope it inspires someone

JulieG
Mar 28, 2017
Mar 28, 2017

Dear Sally,

I can see what a powerful exercise this is.  And it's made even more powerful when you share it with us. We are happy to be here listening and supporting you and so many others and your amazing assets!   

Sally maforchi Mboumien
Mar 28, 2017
Mar 28, 2017

Julie dear i will always share because some people have got my back.

Natasha L
Mar 31, 2017
Mar 31, 2017

Dear sister Sally - Your assets and the way you envision their powerful influence on your dreams for women and girls is a blessing and an inspiration.  Your clear vision and willingness to be vulnerable are vibrant and strong assets indeed.  I love that you capture your audience’s attention and have meaningful exchanges.  This is what fuels change and feeds the fire of progress. Your brave and determined assets encourage participation and learning so that you are a hero-woman for your community. Keep your story alive for all!