"My personal assets map"

Ritkatmwa Gwan Gwan
Posted August 5, 2016 from Nigeria
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A biro sketch of a sassy woman.
#MakeGirlsVoicesCount
MakeGirlsVoicesCount: Speaking to a group of teenage girls about telling their stories. (1/3)

This training has helped me appreciate the personal assets I had overlooked. The term asset was quickly associated with possession, like tangible stuff and never got me looking inward or around me. This training put on a light switch in me that I can help unlock in the young girls I mentor.

The cover picture was a biro sketch I did early this year. I always knew I could draw but I never thought deeply about it. I always felt everyone draws, little did I know it doesn't come easy to others. My creative abilities; the cinematography, video editing, writing and communication become my safe place. Apart from my home (my most comfortable place on earth) I have hardly found a safe place in my community except for my Church. At my Church family I have great mentorship and a support system that is not just encouraging but provides a platform of expression. The Common Wealth of Zion Assembly believes in raising a strong crop of young people that will take on the world, it also engages in leadership trainings for the children and teens.

The group picture that shows school girls captures what I see about the future of the work I do. I see a future where young girls take charge of their narrative, not allowing society manipulate them into a mold that allows abuse, discrimination and other discriminatory exercises to happen. Together with the Girls Voices team we educate young girls on the power in their voice.

I have a strong support system, my family over the years has proven to be my cheer leaders. They know my flaws better than anyone but the best compliments I get comes from them. Loosing both parents early became the glue that drew my siblings ad I closer.

I have been priviledged to belong to organizations and or partnerships that have great goals. Girls Voices not only teaches girls the importance of having a voice and using it, but provides a safe platform/space for these girls to express themselves. Premiere Information Services was born when some friends and I started playing with the idea of interpreting the Nigerian constitution so little kids cold understand. This went on to birth the "Children's Handbook on the 1999 constitution" AKA Children's Constitution. The project is endorsed by the Federal ministry of Justice and has received the support of the Nigerian Senate and some state governments. We desire to make it available to all Nigerian children of school going age. WWIW: Wives and Wives in Waiting is a faith based group I belong to, as part of the coordinating team we offer, counsel, prayer and support for Wives and Single women. the group also provides a safe space for women, married and unmarried to be mentored, mentor others and have a voice. Professionally I belong to several journalism groups and platforms, African health Journalists, Journalists for climate change, Earth Journalist Network International Centre for Journalism, Yali network and many others. I have applied for several fellowships including the prestigious Yali Fellowship but I am yet to attend any. I look forward to fellowships in the future that will help me further develop my assets and leadership qualities. I also desire to be a resource person on the TED talks platform.

Thank you World Pulse and the Training team, I am a life impacted by this training.

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bridggyella
Aug 05, 2016
Aug 05, 2016

Hello Ritz,

really great connecting with you during this training.I admire your passion and pursuits. Keep the good work with helping young girls.

i wish you success all the way in all you desire to achieve all you set to achieve

Cheers!!!

Ritkatmwa Gwan Gwan
Aug 08, 2016
Aug 08, 2016

Thank you Bridggyella for reading through my story and leaving a comment. I appreciate you

Sabiha Hasan
Aug 06, 2016
Aug 06, 2016

Hi Ritz,

I am impressed and inspired by your story. You are a changemaker. I checked your pictures. Your work, life and support system is beautiful. Being honest after seeing your church building and activities I want to visit it. All you sisters are so pretty.

Thanks,

Sabiha

Founder (VNoW)

Virtual Network of Women (www.vnow.co)

Ritkatmwa Gwan Gwan
Aug 08, 2016
Aug 08, 2016

Hello Hasan-sabiha, thanks for the complements. If you are ever in Nigeria I will be glad host you. meanwhile you can checkout more of what my church does on all social media platforms as @cozanigeria and the website cozanigeria.org. I look forward to connecting more with you

Soumya Vilekar
Aug 06, 2016
Aug 06, 2016

Dear Ritz,

Its so empowering and wonderful to hear your story and your interests.Your passion, interests,and the safe zone of writing which makes you stand united with the whole of women community shall indeed bring our some positive change required for teh society through your efforts.

Thanks

Ritkatmwa Gwan Gwan
Aug 08, 2016
Aug 08, 2016

Thank you Soumya for your kind comments

Carolyn Seaman
Aug 08, 2016
Aug 08, 2016

Dear Ritz,

It is always so enriching reading your inspiring words. You have shared so much as you map your assets. And it is interesting to come into your world and experience the learning experience this was for you.

And hey! I love that sketch that you shared. You are amazing with drawing. You have no idea how desperately I long to draw and sketch like that. So, believe me when I say you have some remarkable skills you probably took for granted until you carried out this exercise.

I celebrate your unique skills and I commend you on the great assets and support systems that you have. Well done Dear Sister!

Love,

Ritkatmwa Gwan Gwan
Aug 09, 2016
Aug 09, 2016

Thanks Carolyn,

In Witney Housyons words, " learned from the best, I learned fro you". Thank you for believing in me and constantly encouraging me along the way.

Looking forward to greater impact as we go ahead

Emily Miki
Aug 08, 2016
Aug 08, 2016

Hey Ritz,

Great how you sharing your know-how amongst your community members to create change. Indeed we begin our work as change makers from our little corners and can see multiplied impacts as the years go by. Like me don't stop applying for the fellowships for your set time will come and you will get admission into the fellowships with no stress.

Best regards sis,

Ritkatmwa Gwan Gwan
Aug 09, 2016
Aug 09, 2016

thank you Emily, I appreciate your comments. I will keep applying for those fellowships and soon I'm sure the opportunity will present itself. All the best in your efforts too

maeann
May 05, 2017
May 05, 2017

Helo Ritz, how are you? I encourage you to continue to build a relationship with your mentor.  They will be your key to continue the work that you love.... to encourage and help girls hear their voices. 

Sodfa
May 31, 2017
May 31, 2017

Hello dear, 

I truly loved your post, from the way you write and the sketch in the first picture. I also did a sketch and I am happy to know that I am not the only one who used a sketch to elaborate the assignment. 

I hope that the opportunity came to you and I wish you the best for your hard work and for your life.