My journey

zizou
Posted September 15, 2015 from Tunisia

My name is Zeineb Amri I'm form Tunisia It's located in North Africa I'm a college Student in finane. I live with my family i have an amazing caring mom a supporting father and a big sister i don't get along sometimes with her but we love each other very much .

In my country women are considered lucky compared to other women in some arabic countries the polygamy was abolished in 1957 ,one year after the independance from the french colonisation, in my country many women have access to education to the job market we have women who are lawyers doctors proffessors and even a leadership positions . But in the same time we have women who are deprivate of those rights because they still ignore them they still suffer from illetracy and ignorance.In fact here we have some sort of concentration ; most of the headquarters the university the culture centres are located in the capital the north and on the west cost in detriment of the area in the centre of the country .

So the big challenge is to democratize opportunities to all the tunisian women . i have already participated in some campaign but i want to do more that's why i joined world pulse and i intend to engage more in some NGO that defend women's rights.and to do that i need to expand my knowledge and to gain some speaking skills .

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Maya Muñoz-Tobón
Sep 16, 2015
Sep 16, 2015

Dear Zeineb,

It is a pleasure to hear your voice, both online and on the phone. Thank you for sharing your vision for women in your country and communities. I am glad you have a very supportive family and that this can give you the strenght to help empower yourself and other women in areas where they do not have reliable access to information.

I hope this community and training brings tools and skills for you to find how to challenge the lack of opportunity for some women in Tunisa and how to democratize the resources in the communities.

In partnership,

Maya

zizou
Sep 23, 2015
Sep 23, 2015

Thank you so much Maya for your encouragement  :) 

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Sep 17, 2015
Sep 17, 2015

Dear Zizou,

Its good to know that many women in your country are in leadership positions and are professionals. Its good to know that polygamy was abolished, this is a cause of many family problems.

I like your spirt of wanting to work with women. I have always ahd a passion of working with women and trying to empower them. I believe that if a woman is empowered then the family will not suffer because the woman as a wife and mother will make sure that everything moves right for her family.

I would suggest that you network with women who are in leadership positions and professionals so that you have mentorship sessions where these women interact with the grassroot women and encourage them to strive and achieve the highest levels of success. It is through listening to someones success stories that many of us are inspired.

You are doing a great job and continue to inspire women in your country. 

God bless you.

Tan Ching
Sep 20, 2015
Sep 20, 2015

Why are some women ignoring other aspects of life to pursue for higher goals ....are they being lazy to work harder for themselves or perhaps getting married and having a family is their ultimate goal, to be financially reliant and not independent by themselves? Or is it because they think it is the easier way out in life due to hearsays or what they see around them? Have they been taught by their parents to go through certain route in life?

zizou
Sep 23, 2015
Sep 23, 2015

Hello pohChing 

there are all kind of women in my country ; those who make plans and work hard to rich their goals weither it's financial independance , self acheivement, helping their families .. those who have goals but they couldn't acheive them because of some circumstances out of their control .. there are also women who are too lazy to get things done by themselves and need a man to do it for them and this is quiet common .. their biggest dream is a husband and a house ..  I think the family has an important impact on their daughters choices . a girl can grow up to become a woman who leads if she is raised within leadership principales but if she is raised to be dependant and to be just a good wife it's hard for her to do otherwise .

Kristina M
Sep 23, 2015
Sep 23, 2015

Dear Zizou,

Thank you for sharing your story.  I believe with your finance background you will be able to empower the women that you will work with.  Is the government coming up with programs to help improve literacy in the center of the country?  Or are the NGO's providing this kind of support?

zizou
Sep 23, 2015
Sep 23, 2015

Hello Kristina the problems in my country is not illiteracy actually the tuition rate is 99,3 % among boys and girls . The thing is that many schools have technical problems it need to be renewed and rebuilt and the effort of the government are not enough but NGO's are doing very well by raising funds to renew those schools and many volontees are getting involved and by the begining of each academic year there are many campaign to provide school supplies for the poorest children . The other problem is that the educational system have some serious issues : it's not up to date and there is an uncorformity between what colleges studies and the the job market's needs .

Kristina M
Sep 24, 2015
Sep 24, 2015

Zeineb,

Thank you for clarifying that your problem is not illiteracy, I misunderstood what I read.  It was nice to read that many are getting involved to renovate and rebuild schools.

With the everchanging technology, I think schools in most countries are facing the challenge of teaching students skills that are needed in today's and the future job markets.

AnesaK
Sep 24, 2015
Sep 24, 2015

This issue reminds me of most countries...where pockets of progress and modernity are concentrated in urban areas but most of the population that lives in rural areas seems to live 50-100 years behind in access and prosperity. The key is to empower rural women and collectively transform the nation both culturally and socioeconomically. Way to go, Zeineb! You are your generation of empowered women can be that transformative force! -A

Kadidia Doumbia
Sep 29, 2015
Sep 29, 2015

Dear Zeinab

Thank you for your testimony. I believe yhou're on the right track.

Women less fortunate than you are need you to speak up for them It seems that you may find opportunities to defend women's rights in your country. Go for it, Worldpulse is the best platform to support you in any activity you wish to undertake.

Thank you to keep us informed.

Leslie Stoupas
Sep 29, 2015
Sep 29, 2015

I am always excited to hear about women like you who are taking the initiative in their own communities to make positive changes for women and girls. I imagine that at times it feels like you are up against larger forces than yourself, but you sound very determined to change their impact and make them work in favor of better education for women. Bravo to you for this hard work and your wonderful vision. I look forward to reading more about how you apply your knowledge and your intent to help begin solving this problem.

Best to you!