Hello lovely World Pulse members! I am Nakinti Besumbu Nofuru, founder and CEO of Rescue Women – Cameroon. A not-for-profit organization that was born out of the very impactful training I received as a Voices of Our Future (VOF) student in 2013. I have both degrees (B.Sc. and Masters) and experience in Women and Gender. Those are not enough, it is commonly said that learning is a continuous process and experience is the best teacher; I am counting on the unique experiences of all the members of this group.
I am an Online Community Champion for the newly created Gender Based Violence Group. Let’s face it, one of the biggest issue that affect women from Africa to Asia, Europe to America, not leaving out Australia, is Gender-Based Violence. From rape in Democratic Republic of Congo, to intimate partner killings in Canada, gender based violence is increasingly becoming a global issue. Millions of girls and women the world over experience rape, female genital mutilation, battery, forced and early marriage, breast and human ironing, sexual harassment, commercial sexual exploitation, trafficking of young girls/women, feticide, sexual abuse of female children, public humiliation, just to name a few. All such sufferings of the female gender led PLAN, an international child centered organization to carefully coin all these in one phrase “Because I am a girl.” Let me ask us all: What crime did we commit to be born as women?” Let’s not dwell on the question, let’s focus on the solution!
The Gender Based Violence community can’t be timely enough. It is offering an experience to solutions focused platform where women would use their experience as springboards to reach long lasting solutions. We build on three very important backdrops (1) sharing (2) sharing and (3) Sharing. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s share; share your experiences, share others’ experiences, share solutions. Remember, a problem shared is a problem half solved. Who knows where a solution may come from? Let’s continually build the spirit of sisterhood; where everyone is being a sister’s keeper. Offer a leaning shoulder and a crying ear to a fellow sister. Offer a solution and let’s all the change that we want to see.
Fellow sisters/brothers, there is a sit for everyone in this GBV group ship, hop in early enough so that we get to our destination on time.