My Personal Assets Map

Mkandeh
Posted September 28, 2015 from United Kingdom

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.

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Surya Simon
Sep 28, 2015
Sep 28, 2015

Dear Mkandeh,

Firstly, I have to say that the first paragraph send chills down my spine. I felt inspired by the "i hope" sentences. I am pretty sure you have good persuasive skills. You should write more to inspire. Poetry and speeches would fit your style really well. Sometimes, words are mightier than actions: The pen is mightier than the sword. I have always wanted to be a journalist but my family wouldnt let me be one. They told me that I am too spirited and would surely end up in trouble. They didnt let me be a lawyer either. But, they are supportive of me now. And that support has made all the difference. So, I am glad that your family is supportive. 

We are all there!

Regards,

Surya

Mkandeh
Sep 29, 2015
Sep 29, 2015

Thanks a million Surya for your comments. I feel humbled by you identifying persuasive skills in me. Thanks a lot for that and I feel inspired by your suggestion.

All of us need the support of the people we trust especially family. I am happy that your family have been supportive to you too. Inded, their support can make a huge difference in the way we apply ourselves in doing the work we are passionate about.

Many thanks for your support.

Blessings

Afymab
Sep 30, 2015
Sep 30, 2015

Hi Mkandeh,

I feel like I could fly high reading your post.

What I am doing here is not so different from what you wrote. I think we keep in contact, if you want, in order to share more, regarding our various experiences.

Looking forward to talk to you.

Afy

Mkandeh
Sep 30, 2015
Sep 30, 2015

Hi Afy,

Nicee meeting you here. Everyday I look forward to meeting inspiring women like you who work tooth and nail to make that DIFFERENCE. I will surely keep in touch as I believe we have loads to share and learn from each other.

My pleasure

Me

Claudia Ashah
Oct 07, 2015
Oct 07, 2015

Mkandeh jambo,

Again you inspire me........the "i dream of...." start off reminds me of Martin Luther King Jnr. "i have a dream" speech. Imagne if we all had a dream!

Your dream is valid; to quote Lupita Nyong'o! Very valid indeed that it will surprise you to see it come true. The fact that you have used a pen to paint those things that are wrong within the society and to allow others to see your paintings in terms of words is amazing.

Thank you for using the strokes of your pen. Thank you for not holding back or not dreaming; thank you for the continued work that you keep doing so as to see that dream become a reality.

Thank you!

God bless,

Claudia.

Mkandeh
Feb 17, 2016
Feb 17, 2016

Hi, Many thanks for your inspiring comments. I appreciate. Blessings

Usri
Dec 06, 2015
Dec 06, 2015

wonderful...feeling so inspired that someone is so passionate about her work and to make this world a better place for women. I think when we empower others, it in turn empower us. 

Mkandeh
Feb 17, 2016
Feb 17, 2016

Hi Usri, You are so about empowering ourselves through empowering others. Many thanks

Mairi-Jane Fox
Feb 08, 2016
Feb 08, 2016

I am with you, strong sister, on advocating for at least a 30% quota of women government representatives. In the US we have only 19% representation in the congress! Women all over the world need more equal representation - I believe it will change the outcome of goverance including how countries treat their citizens and treat each other! 

Empathetic and empowering women like you are fundamentally necessary to create the desperately needed shift to a more equal and just world.

Stay bright! 

Mairi-Jane

Mkandeh
Feb 17, 2016
Feb 17, 2016

Hi Mairi-Jane, Thanks for adding your voice and thanks for the inspiration. I appreciate Blessings