MY THROBBING HEARTBEAT!!!

polite switness
Posted September 25, 2011 from Kenya

"What does she want? Why did she only choose this homestead? You have started associating yourself with big prostitutes who want to introduce you to rich men? These are the harsh words I have to contend with when am in the field. This makes the women recoil in fear and not share their experiences for fear of being termed prostitutes. So I have to meet the women when they to women meetings.

African religion and cultures that belittle the growth of women. A woman is to be seen not heard,she is community property. A widow has to be inherited and can't own property.using the snowball technique I empower afew of them who inturn go around empowering their fellow friends.

Poverty makes it more difficult to get correct information. They have a tendency of pay-me-first-then-i-give-you-my story. I simply explain to them the benefit of what I do and if they want change it has to start with them.

High illiteracy levels is a big challenge. Dealing with an illiterate is so tasking. I encourage girl child education and the adult education.

With pulse wire i read how others have solved their challenges by joining groups and engaging in discussions. I can post my need for help to complete a project and be assured of a response. Sourcing for funds is easy if I take part in the action blogging campaigns. To me pulse wire is alive and throbbing just like my heartbeat!!!

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Stella Paul
Sep 25, 2011
Sep 25, 2011

Oh sister, I know those feelings - the torrent of insults being hurled at you. The name of the country is different, the location is different, but the situation is the same. Keeping your head high amidst all that is the big challenge. And you are already doing that. Keep walking. You will go far!

polite switness
Sep 26, 2011
Sep 26, 2011

Its too frustrating when you are called a prostitute just because you are empowered.I know this is just another ploy by men to intimidate women and lower our self esteem...but i don't let the abuses and stereotyping hinder me.I want to empower the women first civic education i.e before i go into introducing technology and other prospects to them.

Lisa Espinosa
Sep 25, 2011
Sep 25, 2011

Polite, Thank you for the work you do. It takes so much courage to keep it up when you have so much your battling against. I truly admire your determination.

Much love from Chicago, Lisa

foxyhedgehog
Oct 03, 2011
Oct 03, 2011

Your post was very stirring and heartfelt, personal and expressive. It's great to see the ways you can use the WorldPulse community to make connections and get support! all best wishes, Katie

polite switness
Oct 04, 2011
Oct 04, 2011

Thank you very much.hahhahaha that name sound s sly...i like it though.

meg.peterson
Oct 05, 2011
Oct 05, 2011

You are a brave and resilient woman to do the work you do. I am sure you are helping woman in your community in ways you may not even realize. Thank you for sharing your story with the pulsewire community! -Megan