"Do not let love and faithfulness leave you. Bind them around your neck. Write them in the tablet of your heart”, is a proverb of King Solomon, a venerated king endowed with immense wisdom.
Sister Tam (https://www.worldpulse.com/user/21449/bio) embodies love and faithfulness in ways I cannot exhaust in this short write up. In the letter that she wrote to her country about funding grassroots women working to end inequality and GBV (https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/tam/posts/97652), sis Tam said she’d been championing the cause for women since the 1960s.
This is sis Tam’s Love and faithfulness long before World Pulse, spanning at least five decades, and still going strong. Her passion is still as fresh if not fresher than when she chose to be a champion of women's freedoms those many years ago. Such a steadfastness commends to us two beautiful, life-changing truths: You never retire from making impact, and, humility and open-mindedness can facilitate astounding relevance and impact across generations, cultures, and people groups on innumerable issues. Wow, sis Tam!
I see Sis Tam's love for women, for liberation of womanhood, for truth, justice, freedoms, equity, peace and security in all its facets for women and girls. I see her faithfulness in pursuing these, caring, sharing, supporting grassroots initiatives, educating, encouraging, celebrating, and choosing to be present at a personal cost.
Even now, she has lovingly and faithfully spent a large amount of time with some World Pulse sisters, seeing their work, celebrating it, and telling us about it through the World Pulse Spirit Award nominations.
Love and faithfulness are fuel for her commitment and innovativeness. But as Solomon’s proverb charges us to not let them leave, they can be easily drowned out by apathy, personal agendas, despair, to name a few. To remain effective and keep knocking on doors in pursuit of the change we want to see, we must choose them every day, then guard them closely, and integrate them to our way of life. I see sis Tam do just that—choosing love and faithfulness every day, to show up for women and our causes.
She also, always points all credits back to the collective effort of all the women creating change, of the great blessing World Pulse has been to women, of the team’s tireless creativity and innovation to manage the platform and promote the voices of women, and the beauty and power when women come together. It is not to belittle what she has done, but the choice to view its consummation as being in the collective effort of all her sisters and the systems that support them to build each other and change the world together.
For these reasons and more, I nominate sis Tam for the World Pulse spirit awards. Thank you sis Tam, for your love and faithfulness. I celebrate you in acknowledgement of all you have done and continue to do for womenkind.