I dream of a world where socioeconomic status will not negate the success of women. As western cities continue to host more immigrants from war torn countries, I hope host nations will be able to accommodate, develop and cater for the needs of migrant women devoid of the view of ‘otherness’. I envision a Sierra Leone free of sexual abuse, teenage pregnancy, child marriage and a society where women are respected and considered as partners in development. I hope to help bring these dreams to reality through continued media advocacy.
It is these issues that inspired me to become a writer. As a writer and journalist, my core skills have centred on my journalistic work. I have used my pen to advocate for women, to condemn acts of sexual and domestic abuse against women and other issues gender related. Through my membership of organizations such as Women in the Media Sierra Leone, I advocated for equal representation of women in positions of authority in Sierra Leone, backed by journalistic article I also advocated for the 30% quota of women MPs in Sierra Leone. In the UK, I have written articles about some of the major issues affecting migrant women including issues on domestic violence. This has helped a lot of women with the resources they need to take charge of their affairs. I feel very pleased to have impacted other women’s lives by way of my journalistic advocacy.
In the course of life I have realized that I have the ability to advise and encourage other people, I have used these skills to help push other women to pursue academic and career dreams both in friendly and colleague capacities. I am also endowed with the skill of helping others. I am naturally empathetic of people’s plights and it is because of this I have been involved in charity work as a contributor and a volunteer.
I love helping people because I have benefitted from help throughout my life, I rely on the support of my family and friends for advice and support whether it’s about my education or other issues in my life. When things get really tough for me I always turn to God for his unflinching support and that has worked really well for me too.
I often visit friends either to relax when things are going well with me or sometimes just ease off stress from the ups and downs of life. I have also benefitted from friendly chats online whether on Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook et al. I feel privileged to have friends and family who really care about me and see a lot of good in me, sometimes abilities I don’t even realize have been identified by friends. I rely heavily on their support to aspire for greater things in life. In the homes and chat rooms of these friends I feel safe.
I intend to use these abilities to continue the fight for gender equality. I hope to do this blending journalism and research to identify and address the most pressing needs of women in Sierra Leone and African migrants women in the UK.