I am a woman and it is my distinct birthright to represent the other half of humanity, the female specie. This is my authority, privilege and accountability, as I work with others for a better world.

Women empowerment is my piece. I preach woman power with my life. It is my breadth, my depth, my game, my journey, my voice. My life is woman power from womb to tomb. Womanhood is my doctrine, women empowerment my mission and vision. And now I claim this chance to tackle woman power in this year’s International Day of Women celebration. I can surely write my piece by heart, with ease and strength, with confidence and influence.

There’s a much stronger motivation than writing about woman power. This is my challenge to show the essence of women role in humanity, how it works. Although raised by a father who believed that “a woman’s place is in the home”, I now stand on my own place under the sun, lending a hand to change the world (read http://www.worldpulse.com/node/33660 ).

I studied in a male-dominated university, amidst the dogma of male conservatism in an Islamic City. As one of the pioneer female auxiliaries of male-exclusive International Order of DeMolay, I had the chance to share as a distinct individual, a woman among men. We were female counterparts of DeMolay brothers, engaged in inter-group and campus affairs and competitions in sports, academics and civic actions. Our belonging was our conjugal ownership – boys and girls as equals.

In the three decades of my career, I have witnessed and worked with women in our journey toward progress and sustainable development. My employment in the male-dominated steel monopoly and power industry was my chance to work with other women in implementing, planning and critical decision-making, as we joined hands to provide our country’s basic needs in the manufacture of steel for construction and generation of power and electricity to fuel economy. Women share responsibilities with men as reliable productive citizens, to keep our economy afloat and moving.

My work with the government’s peace process showed me how women in the battlefields and refugee camps conquer their grievous plights, as mothers, wives, sisters and daughters keep families intact despite destitution and homelessness. They stand up for their rights as they rally support from government and donors, stepping forward to claim attention and gain provision of basic needs such as health and medication, shelter, education and security. I marvel at the strength of womanhood displayed in one caring and sharing community to make it through poverty, devastation and insecurity in war zones and conflict-affected areas.

Through my life I profess my power as a woman. Woman power is my fair share as I confront the present and future of the world. It strikes me bad that there is so much women power wasted where opportunities for women are limited and limiting; where women capacities and potentials are underrated and untapped. A woman is a powerhouse of resources. Together, women can unburden much of the weight of the world, from confronting economic problems to addressing armed conflicts.

As a woman, my word is my motivation; my voice is my bond. I view women empowerment as the prime-mover of the change we want to see in humanity. We make a big difference as we do our share in our respective walks of life, sharing what we have and what we know. There is much work to do, and much of it women are capable of doing. Given the chance, we will move the earth.

I am truly convinced it is my right and responsibility to let the world know the essence and influence of women power. Women power is as relevant as it is imperative for the welfare of humanity, to change the world for the better. Truly, women power is what we need, today and always. Woman power is my best, nay, my whole! And that is exactly why I brave the chance to contribute my best and my whole in this year’s celebration of International Day for Women.

This article is part of a writing assignment for Voices of Our Future, which is providing rigorous web 2.0 and new media training for 30 emerging women leaders. We are speaking out for social change from some of the most unheard regions of the world.

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Whew, sister Nilima! This is the shortest writing assignment but it has been so hard for me to craft it, because it is caught right at the crossroads of my changing jobs! I'm so glad I made it to the deadline ... really really thankful! Again, thanks a lot for your unceasing support, dear sisters! All the best ...

Always, Emie Zozobrado

Emie, You are the trillion dollar price this world needs for change, for the freedom of women, for peace, for true living, for a meaningful life on earth. "As a woman, my word is my motivation; my voice is my bond." I love this piece, the power is hidden in our voice. We are in that chain that dig the gold in the women's throats, their voice. Together we will make a difference.

Love,

Beatrice

I believe everybody has the potential to live a better life. Given the Opportunity, Education and Motivation ANYONE can become someone admirable. Nobody is a NOBODY, everybody is SOMEBODY.

Wow, Bea, I love the way you put it, "We are that chain that dig the gold in the women's throats, their voice." Big big declaration! It's like we are sure we're almost there ... all the best...

Always, Emie Zozobrado

Hi sis Emie,

You are always my model sis! Your piece is so powerful, meaningful and inspirational. It means a lot for us as women.

Love,

Sarvina

Regards, Sarvina from Cambodia VOF 2011 Correspondent

Sarvina, we are each other's model! I draw strength and wisdom from your pieces, too! If you notice, this final piece has taken so much re-crafting because as I read your drafts I gathered ideas from them, along with my midwife's... all the best...

Always, Emie Zozobrado

'I preach woman power with my life. It is my breadth, my depth, my game, my journey, my voice. My life is woman power from womb to tomb. Womanhood is my doctrine, women empowerment my mission and vision'.

Congratulation sister. Your piece sound so strong with those powerful words. It is the voice for change and determination. You are a star that other women needs to star too.

Cheers!

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

Vivian, we are all siSTARS! We shine where we are placed because that's how it is with women. Each one has her own light. Can you imagine a place where women are not allowed to shine - it should really be gloomy! We're shining bright now and there's no way our brightness can be clouded. Way to go, siSTARS! And all the best...

Always, Emie Zozobrado

What an enthusiastic and full powered celebration you share here, Emie! the course of humanity.

I love it when you say: "I view women empowerment as the prime-mover of the change we want to see in humanity. We make a big difference as we do our share in our respective walks of life, sharing what we have and what we know..... Given the chance, we will move the earth."

Yes, and we will do it with our hearts and our minds....we can transform!

Bravo, Emie!

Anna

Speaking my Peace

You have transformed me, Anna, all of you here at World Pulse! I found my voice as a woman right here ... and I draw strength to be and to become the woman I ought to be in this amazing community. We are transforming each other and changing humanity for the better and it feels so great. Really really my unending gratitude!!! All the best ...

Always, Emie Zozobrado

Let us remember woman's pulse in the world pulse and our critical role in the course of humanity!

...and let me remember to proofread !

You are my teacher, E!

xo

Speaking my Peace

As always, bold and beautiful and full of wisdom!!!! Women power all the way Emie!!! Keep shining!

from today i live out of my imagination i am more than my yesterday tomorrow i plant a new seed nothing that lies behind easy nothing that is ahead real my within is all i have today Napo Masheane

My voice is my bond.....

Thank you for sharing this with us....I love this statement about women...

My voice is my bond....our voices are our bond.....

MLB

Emie

Reading this piece I completely forgot about the directions/ rules/ guidelines for this assignment because I was so moved by and focused on your beautiful writing and unbelievable passion. We need more women like you to speak and write about the power that the girls and women in our global community have. You seem to have thrown your heart and soul into this piece and reading it makes me feel hopeful. Thank you so much for this, it was a joy reading this and I even feel like I got to know you a little through your writing!

Sarah

Sarah Meyer

Thanks so much, Sarah! Actually, my first choice was a background research on the Philippine claim to North Borneo or Sabah which I did extensively in 2003 (there are 5 choices: a well-reviewed book, a PhD, a background researching or reporting extensively on a topic, a title or job experience, and first-hand experience). However, during the group call for Module 3, the lecturer suggested something timely, in consonance with the International Day of Women on March 8, would be great, so I changed my pitch to first-hand experience, thinking, in the first place, that a background research on history (of a century and a half!) would entail a long piece (and I'm limited to 700 words!). I'm glad I did because then it became easy for me to answer the essential questions of a good pitch - Why me? Why now? And, so what? Also, I inevitably struck another pitch - job experience. I didn't expect nice comments because I felt so inadequate when I submitted this piece - it's haphazardly done since I changed pitch at the last hour and it unfortunately got caught between my changing jobs! But reading those wonderful comments now, wow, it really makes me feel good! My profound gratitude to all of you ...

Always, Emie Zozobrado

Dear Emie,

You have written a beautiful and powerful piece. I was moved throughout, and the flow took me easily from one end to the other. I can near your voice, your mission and your vision so clearly! And you piece is very timely, with International Women's Day just having finished. Keep up the fabulous work!

Kind regards,

Rachael

"Tell me then, what will you do with your one wild, sweet, and precious life?" -Mary Oliver

Rachael, I draw my strength and power from all the amazing sisters in the WP community, of course! I never imagined I have this much in me, until I found so much to write about as I exchange notes on life, experiences, thoughts and feelings with all of you. Really really thankful destiny brought me to this online community! All the best...

Always, Emie Zozobrado