Thank you World Pulse for moving me a step award!!!

Regina Afanwi Young
Posted March 21, 2021 from Cameroon

When I received a Message from Manasa telling me I hard been recommended by World Pulse to do a presentation at the https://www.itu.int/net4/wsis/forum/2021/Agenda/Session/130, in excitment I immediately phoned up my husband in prison to let him know. And he said " World Pulse is making you go places, please give my appreciation to those amazing ladies". I immediately wrote a letter of appreciation to Manasa, Dawn and the World Pulse team. Then I sent a mail to my mentor Judy and to our always inspiring Jill. I told them I was excited but nervous. That was my first international platform I was going to be speaker at, apart from the presentations at the World Pulse. A lot of fear surrounded me. First my internet connection, secondly the other speakers I will be presenting with and thirdly the audience. I visualised one of the thriving Thursday calls we had on overcoming fear and how my sister Arrey inspired me so much by volunteering as Mistress of ceremony for her first time. Thank you so much amazing Arrey that has always been my source of inspiration when I am faced with such situations. Also I knew I had my World pulse sisters and my family as a strong support system I could always turn to in case I had challenges in preparing. And that's exactly what it turned out to be.

   Honestly my mentor Judy,  Jill  and my sisters were amazing in helping me prepare for the presentation. I wanted to be the best  to be truly representative of  World Pulse at the conference so I put in my best.    At the conference I presented on my experience in using technology to enhance economic empowerment of persons with hearing impairment which is actually my initiative on the featured change maker program, (https://www.worldpulse.com/node/add/impact-leader-project-update¬† support needed and recommendations. I also talked on my collaboration with other stakeholders of inclusive education and the impact it had on the students ts in view of technology. I did  speak confidently especially as I knew I had the support of these powerful women . At the end of the conference I received a mail from each of these women congratulations me for doing so well. I was proud of my achievement. I felt blessed being part if the sisterhood. Its so amazing that despite the fact that I still have a lot going on in my life and have even added, I see myself excelling in my professional  life. Personally I have become a strong woman through all the love, encouragement and inspiration from you all lovely ladies

  I want to use this opportunity to send my appreciation to you all.

Thank you Dawn and Manasa for working so so hard to get these connections and empowerment opportunities for me/ us at World Pulse. You are such amazing and lovely women. Please keep up the smiles!!!!. Your reward is in seeing us empowered. To my mentor Judy Anett, You are the best I could ever wish for. Thank you for mentoring me through this presentation and always being proud of my success. To our ever lovely Jill, thank you for always being there for me/us. For helping  out in my presentations, for last minute words of encouragement and above all for taking out time to attend just to support me. I could see you, i could feel you being proud of me, l could feel the World Pulse connection and that is why I excelled. Jill you rock!!! And to the entire World Pulse team. What a lovely platform's for women, thank you for moving me/us a step ahead everyday. I do appreciate all that you tirelessly do for women. This is a home base for us women. I love you all my World Pulse sisters. Happy Women's month!!!! World Pulse rocks!!!!

This story was submitted in response to #HerStoryMakesHistory.

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Nini Mappo
Mar 21
Mar 21

Congratulations, dear Regina. Well done for rising to the occasion and stepping out of your comfort zone with encouragement and the presented opportunity. Keep going places dear, and power to the World Pulse team for their creativity, love, and encouragement!

Regina Afanwi Young
Mar 28
Mar 28

Thanks so much dear beloved Nini for those beautiful words of encouragement. You are too cute!!!

Jensine Larsen
Mar 21
Mar 21

Regina!!! Congratulations. There was no doubt you would rock the virtual stage. I am sure everyone was blown away. I also celebrate the village of solidarity around you. Thanks to Judy, to Jill to Dawn and Manasa - all the Thriving Thursday leaders. This is just the beginning for your dreams to reach the stars as we weave a web of collective support that can become a launchpad. Love you!

Regina Afanwi Young
Mar 28
Mar 28

I am humbled by your kind words Jensine. Thanks so much and thank you again for creating this safe space for us. Thanks also for all the good wishes which is a great source of inspiration for me.
Love you too!!!!

Manasa Ram Raj
Mar 22
Mar 22

Woohoo congratulations, dear Regina! So well deserved. It is so wonderful to see your work spread across to many more people! Thank you for shining your light on us!

Regina Afanwi Young
Mar 28
Mar 28

Manasa dear, can't ever get tired of thanking you. Thank you too for all you do. You inspire me too dear.
So much love from Cameroon!!

Jill Langhus
Mar 22
Mar 22

Hello, the Forever-Amazing-And-Grateful, Regina,

What a lovely update and message of gratitude and inspiration:-) Thanks so much for sharing your struggles, wins, compliments, love, and ever-present gratitude. You're such an inspiration to all of us, dear!

XX

Regina Afanwi Young
Mar 28
Mar 28

My beloved Jill. Love you too dear for being the solid rock behind my achievements. Thank you so much for always being there for me my dear. You too are a great source of inspiration for me. You Rock!!!

Jill Langhus
Mar 29
Mar 29

Thank you:-) Blush.

You're welcome! Love it, and thanks so much!

Keep being awesome, my dear:-) XX

Beth Lacey
Mar 22
Mar 22

Regina, this is wonderful to read! And, I agree absolutely with you- World Pulse rocks!

Regina Afanwi Young
Mar 28
Mar 28

Hello sis Beth, thank you so much for appreciating my work.
Sending you so much love dear!

ARREY- ECHI
Mar 23
Mar 23

Dear Regina,

Hearty Congratulations my sister. A well deserved platform and the feedback shows you aced it just as you could.
I am so humbled and touched by the shout out. And especially happy I carried on the MC duties that day with such unknown but impactful inspiration. Thank you.
May you continue to soar and break more barriers as you navigate the road out of your comfort zone.

Much love to you and regards to your husband and family.

Regina Afanwi Young
Mar 28
Mar 28

Arrey my beloved sister, Thanks my dear. Yes you did inspire me and I will always be grateful for that.
Thank you for your kind words. My husband will be so pleased to hear.
Love you sis!

Dawn Arteaga
Mar 23
Mar 23

Regina your generous words bring tears to my eyes. You need no empowerment, my dear, you have boundless power in every ounce of your being! I am so grateful to get to cheer you on and see you shine. I know this was the first of many more international speaking opportunities for you. The world needs to hear your voice! We are here to make them stop and listen!

Regina Afanwi Young
Mar 28
Mar 28

Beloved Dawn. You are always so sweet. Thank you so much dear sister. Thank you especially for your reassuring words. Yes sis I truly look forward to speaking at more conferences. Keep up the Good work and keep touching lives with your smiles.
You inspire me so much!