Strengthen thy roots!

Soumya Vilekar
Posted March 7, 2015 from India

Alike the millions of women across the world , many restrain themselves within the four walled structures,living in oblivion about the world around and the changing surroundings. Their exposure to the world lies in the picture which is presented to them through their husband, father or other dominating male figure of the family. The opinion then the women form about life and the ways of living in this world is predominantly influenced by these men. Had they been allowed to see, observe and deduce , half of the prevailing problems of society would have vanished. Right from the female infanticide,to child marraige, from dowry harrasment to sexual harrasment , a woman has full right of expression and power to protect herself.

The right to education and the urge to perceive the world through her own eyes shall improve the perception and confidence of every woman. This is the utmost grassroot initiative required in every corner, state, nation of the world. To facilitate women with education and allowing them to exercise their own powers with the comprehension of their own understanding .

Every NGO / any organization that wishes to bring change in any society, shall first have to work from this grassroot level. While every action needs support, co operation, co ordination ,leadership and commitment, it is equally important that each action shall also need awareness to the issue or problem and the necessity of removing or eradicating the problem with certain actions. This aware ness can be only achieved through education. Such an action will strengthen the roots of their existence with conviction.

In few words , I proclaim:

Oh ! Gift the young lass,

a pen ,

one mightier than the sword

let her scribble on blank pages

few dreams and aspirations

her random drawn lines

resemble a worthy picture

and inspire thousand

others

to hold a pen

for their better future.

she shall read aloud words

innumerable

acquiring knowledge and basic information...

In few words , I proclaim,

empower her ...

with education.

Grassroots Mobilizing

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Corine Milano
Mar 09, 2015
Mar 09, 2015

Thank you for this. It's true that action at the grassroots level is so important to change the world. Keep writing, keep voicing!

Soumya Vilekar
Mar 10, 2015
Mar 10, 2015

Welcome Corine to share your views . The grassroot initiative will work when each one of us join hands and put efforts.

Best wishes,

Soumya

Rhonda Magee
Mar 09, 2015
Mar 09, 2015

yes, the power of expression is so critical to future of women and the world we live in! I support your ongoing work for education for girls...indeed, "she shall read aloud words innumerable..." Such wise words you write here.

Soumya Vilekar
Mar 10, 2015
Mar 10, 2015

Thank you Rhonda for expressing your thought as well. Every woman thus needs to express and voice her opinion, which she can if educated,as without education the mind decays and leads a stagnant life. Thanks for your wishes,

Soumya  

Yvette Warren
Mar 11, 2015
Mar 11, 2015

Very well said, Soumya. I would love to have you and a group carry a banner with "Empower Her With Education" down the streets of Salt Lake City.

I am certain that this October, in Salt Lake City Utah, USA, we will make known to the world that women's voices matter in all things. I am acting as an ambassador to the 2015 Parliament of the World's Religions http://ParliamentOfReligions.org. For the first time, this year, the parliament is having a "women's initiative."

In addition to asking my WP sisters and brothers to consider attending the parliament, I am working with World Pulse Sister Zeph https://www.worldpulse.com/en/community/users/sister-zeph, SHEROES United http://www.sheroesunited.org/, and One Billion Rising http://www.onebillionrising.org/events/women-of-the-world-we-rise/ to create a parade of people in support of social justice for women. Sister Urmila https://www.worldpulse.com/en/community/users/urmila-chanam/posts/34846 is bringing her menstrual hygiene campaign to the parade event.

I would love to have you and a group join us in support of your efforts.

Soumya Vilekar
Mar 11, 2015
Mar 11, 2015

Thank you Y for letting my voice be heard aloud about " Empower her with education". As Iam not residing in United States , it won't be possible for me to be there during the WorldParliament at Salt Lake City. I sincerely hope and wish you would be able to create a group to echo and announce the importance of education to Women be heard in the big event.

Best wishes,

Soumya

Yvette Warren
Mar 13, 2015
Mar 13, 2015

I promise to bring all the voices of World Pulse with me.

Shaheen S Dhanji
Mar 21, 2015
Mar 21, 2015

And, as always, you strike with your pen - arresting the mind to probe, evaluate and engage in a pro-active dialogue. True say, education is exremely important for young girls, for, this is the utmost vital pursuit for them to evolve as confident and self-esteemed women, where they shall be able to form wise decisions without the interference of patriachal influences (and in some cases matriachal too). I salute you for your pro-active will to pen and to engage your readers - thus, to collaborate on pursuing social, economical and societal changes in order to expand, evolve and excel in small and large efforts. Brava, my dear friend !! 

Soumya Vilekar
May 19, 2015
May 19, 2015

Thank you so much dear Shaheen for your voice of solidarity for education ,thts essential for women. You are a part of many noble causes and words from you always encourage .

Best wishes,

Soumya

Nyapaul
Apr 21, 2015
Apr 21, 2015

Hello Dear,

Making informed choices very important. Education is power.

Cheers,

Nyapaul

Soumya Vilekar
May 19, 2015
May 19, 2015

Thanks Nyapaul,you rightly said education is power. Much power to each one of us out there. Best wishes Soumya

Carrie Lee
May 04, 2015
May 04, 2015

Yes, yes yes!  I love what you have to say, Soumya! I think that once women become empowered on the inside, "to percieve the world through her own eyes," as you said, is where sustainable change is created.  Once she is empowered on the inside through her own inner work, in addition to education, she is empowered to bring forth change on the outside.  

Warmly,

carrie

Soumya Vilekar
May 19, 2015
May 19, 2015

Dear Carrie, there are instances when a woman due to her lack in education has suffered and so the family too has in life. Its essential to educate her so that she knows the right and wrong while taking decisions and has respect for herself, before the world respects her. Thanks for being here, SOumya

meadowlark
May 16, 2015
May 16, 2015

I love the way you give the illusion of women and girls as trees, needing to form good 'roots'; foundation.  I have often thought of people as trees.  It seems to matter much less what our shape is, and how we appear, when we consider our worth, in the same way that we compare trees...

It reminds me of this poem:

“The tree that never had to fight for sun and sky and air and light but stood out in the open plain and always got it share of rain, never became a forest king but lived and died a scrubby thing.Good timber does not grow with ease. The stronger wind, the stronger trees. ” ― Douglas Malloch

(Except, we women and girls would be forest 'queens'... and in general, I am tired of these titles of rulership, to describe success.)

I agree that education is the most important opportunity that a person can be given.

A fair, unbiased education enables a person to see opportunity where once, it did not exist, and to see challenges as opportunities.  Often, it's a matter of learning to believe in one's self; when a person is educated, they begin to understand their own greater potential.... that changes EVERYTHING!

The four walls that enclose us are a cross-cultural obstacle.  I, myself, find that I am limited by my own four walls.  Although I am dedicated to my family, it is also important to break out - and finding that balance can be difficult.  That is why this technology is so wonderful.  It is making it easy to escape my own four walls.

Very beautifully written, Soumya

Soumya Vilekar
May 19, 2015
May 19, 2015

very apt , your expression and the explanation of being educated. Thanks for going through the article and Im glad you liked the metaphorical description. Indeed its nice to read the poem about trees and humans. As you said education and learning breaks the barricades and walls of narrow minded ness, its really time when people tale initiatives and plunge into this world of learning. The whole drive would surely bring a great effect on the condition of women across the owrld Best wishes, Soumya

Lousa Sheenaz Yogo
Jun 06, 2015
Jun 06, 2015

Very well said Soumya,your writing hits the nail on the head! They say educate a woman, and you have educated a whole community. In my country Kenya currently there are a whole lot of grassroot initiatives going on supporting education for the girl child and it could have not been possible without women like you standing up to take action. Thankyou:)

Soumya Vilekar
Jun 07, 2015
Jun 07, 2015

Dear Sheenaz, Thank you so much for sharing the situation and efforts of women in Kenya. It is so true what you said, we educate a woman and a whole community os educated. I really appreciate and admire the kind of work ,volunteers do at ground level to bring the necessary changes. If my pen and ink can ignite a spark, I wish to thank God for allowing me to do so even if minutest one. Thanks, Soumya