I Fought Against Gender Inequality In My Community

Tecenta Achiri
Posted June 28, 2018 from Cameroon
Ex-Student fabric
With my World Pulse sisters
With my World Pulse sisters: I love World Pulse! (1/1)

“The starting point of all human achievement is the development of the definite major purpose”. Irrespective of whether you are male or female, once you have a well define purpose you bare up for the task.

“The starting point of all human achievement is the development of the definite major purpose”. In my college days from form 1-5 I have always been a class proctor and yes I did my job well. But there has always this fight against a girl been a class proctor in my college. It reach a level that when I give instructions in class boys don’t follow saying a girl cannot control their actions.

“The starting point of all human achievement is the development of the definite major purpose”. My definite purpose was to prove that been a woman I can be a better leader and from our college days to ex-students association with my charisma and boldness I took up the challenge. Boys and bigger students could not be a barrier to me. The principal admired how I handle issues concerning my class and he made me the social prefect of the college.

“The starting point of all human achievement is the development of the definite major purpose”. I pushed through and work very hard in my duty post. How things came in pass during my reign like cultural nights, nights of arts and story telling’s, communion with other sister colleges (this things have never existed in the reign of my predecessors). The school administration was impressed and I was given the opportunity to represent my college in major events that directly concern my college. My social able, hospitable, simple was of communication gave the maximum respect I needed to prove the BRAVERY OF A WOMAN. Deep within me I was satisfied with my achievements. I reign in my college as a social prefect until I graduated in 2011.

“The starting point of all human achievement is the development of the definite major purpose”. Now here I am in the society I showcase the bravery of womanhood. In my first years in the university my class gave me a listening ear each time I stood up to speak. That was an encouragement because it prove I could do better. I actual remembered I promised to erect an ex-student association for my college when I am in the university. It seen difficult but I took the bold   step. I went back to my college and met the principal and after sampling my ideas, he was overwhelmed with joy and immediately supported me by paying for a radio announcement. Some days later, we schedule our first meeting for the 30th of May 2013 and the principal promised to be present. The boys in my batch protested against me and gave nick-names like “mami chuck skin” but it was rather a motivation to me. I became stronger I went as far as during Sunday announcement in churches and parents were happy and ready to send  their kids who were ex-students from that college.

“The starting point of all human achievement is the development of the definite major purpose”. In that meeting I was appointed president of the association but all the boys protested saying that I am a  woman and wouldn’t be able to handle the association but they were so astonished when I organized and led the association so well. The following were achieved;

  • Registration and Identification Of The Association
  • Printing of the ex-students association T-shirts
  • Printing of the ex-students material with the logo
  • Celebration of the 10th anniversary of the college
  • Creation of the various chapters that is; Bamenda chapter, Buea chapter, Yaoundé chapter and Dschang chapter.

 

“The starting point of all human achievement is the development of the definite major purpose”. I was elected the national president of the association and yes I do my job very well in good leadership. I am intermediary between the college and the society. I always wished to have a forum where   I can educate our growing girls about the bravery of a woman. So after having a dream were I saw myself talking to a multitude of women I decided to create a group just for women. A place where you can speak up and discourage gender inequality. The group was name WOMEN WITH POWER. Then I met a bigger group called WORLD PULSE where I can be more empowered in order to empower others.

“The starting point of all human achievement is the development of the definite major purpose”.

Women can change the world. We are never equal until we are equal.

This story was submitted in response to #WealthofWomen.

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Tarke Edith
Jun 28, 2018
Jun 28, 2018

Hi sis

Tarke Edith
Jun 28, 2018
Jun 28, 2018

HI sister Tecente thank you for your sharing school life on our forum keep it up sis you really fight gender rule in your school

Tecenta Achiri
Jun 29, 2018
Jun 29, 2018

Thank you dear sister

Beth Lacey
Jun 28, 2018
Jun 28, 2018

What a great and powerful story!
Beth

Tecenta Achiri
Jun 29, 2018
Jun 29, 2018

Oh yeah BETh. Thank you so much

Ngala Nadege
Jun 28, 2018
Jun 28, 2018

What a powerful story!!! I imagine how those boys feel when you rule them .The feel intimidated and I believe its the cultural mind set they have but I believe with sensitisation they will understand that women and girls have something to say and do in the society not only in social areas but equally in politics and economic issues.

Tecenta Achiri
Jun 29, 2018
Jun 29, 2018

The boys felt intimidated and now am actually being respected because of my work.

Jill Langhus
Jun 29, 2018
Jun 29, 2018

Hi Tecenta. Welcome to World Pulse and the Encourager program:-) Thanks for sharing your lovely photos and story. I love your affirmation and tenacity. Indeed, if someone tells me I can't do something, it makes me that much more motivated to achieve it. It sounds like you are the same. It's great that you are such a strong role model for girls and women around you... may you inspire many to become their true, great selves and live out their passions as well. Is your group a community group or an online group? Looking forward to seeing more posts from you.

Tecenta Achiri
Jun 29, 2018
Jun 29, 2018

Hi JLANGHUS
thank you for the great encouraging words.. My group started as a whatsapp group but I expanded. We now hold meetings but still struggling to see how to hold seminars in other towns of Cameroon and empower the ladies

Jill Langhus
Jun 29, 2018
Jun 29, 2018

Hello there:-) You're welcome:) What is your biggest obstacle? I know you will find a way:-) I have faith in you!

joyce nelly
Jul 01, 2018
Jul 01, 2018

Hi tecenta keep up the good work and more grace

Tecenta Achiri
Jul 02, 2018
Jul 02, 2018

Hello Joyce. Thank you so much for your words

kyla
Jul 02, 2018
Jul 02, 2018

Hi Tecenta, you have already changed the minds and lives of so many because of your bravery and because of your leadership skills. You are showing others how to be brave, how to choose their own path and how to make a difference. Thank you for showing women and girls what's possible when they find their voice and take action.

Tecenta Achiri
Jul 02, 2018
Jul 02, 2018

Hi KYLA
Thanks for the encouraging words. Because it's my passion to bring out the power in girls and women I'll always be available to make them realize how much power they have. I pledged to myself and I know *I CAN DO IT*

Ndimofor Aretas
Jul 05, 2018
Jul 05, 2018

Hi Tacenta, Welcome to the World Pulse community. Thank you very much for sharing this very inspiring piece. You really have a definite major purpose given the fact that you have been steadfast all the way from your days in college right up to university level. I encourage you to continue in that same spirit and always share your challenges whenever you have the opportunity. It will truly inspire a lot of young girls who have similar ambitions to yours.
Can I know the name of that Association?

Tamarack Verrall
Jul 08, 2018
Jul 08, 2018

Dear Tecenta,

I love that the taunts of the boys just made you stronger! Welcome to WorldPulse, I look forward to your voice here, and to following what you do next.

In sisterhood,
Tam

Tecenta Achiri
Jul 08, 2018
Jul 08, 2018

Thank you so much Tam and yeah we will work together in a firm sisterhood

Sharon Makunura
Jul 25, 2018
Jul 25, 2018

Well done. It's good to chronicle your successes, it will keep you moving forward.

Tecenta Achiri
Jul 27, 2018
Jul 27, 2018

Dear sister
Thank you for the encouragement

Tiffany Brar
Jul 28, 2018
Jul 28, 2018

being so self confident and leading others is not an easy task and i admire you for doing such a great task on hand.. you are really tecenta...
just reading all your posts as i am new to the world pulse family... looking forward for motivating posts from you.