A Bouquet of Pulses Bound By Invisible Ribbons

ikirimat
Posted August 25, 2014 from Uganda
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Dear Pulses,

We are so apart geographically yet we share common problems across the globe. But how would I have known this if it was not for the opportunity and platform availed by the internet. I owe this to World Pulse! Keeping our connections and networks for the benefit of each other has been fundamental for the realization of our individual and collective goals.

The issues we strive to confront may seem invisible across borders, yet they are common in our lives and communities. Women and girls throughout the world continue to experience sexual abuse, violence, discrimination, inequality, deprivation of education and economic opportunities, torture and inhuman treatment, poverty etc. You have each made a momentous contribution towards solving these issues in your communities and even beyond through networking.

Chi Yvonne Leina, thank you for enlightening the world about the abusive and dangerous practice of breast ironing in Cameroon, Guinea-Bissau, Chad, Togo, Benin, and Guinea which I first heard from you through the World Pulse community. This painful practice of pounding young girls’ breasts with heated objects to suppress or reverse the growth of breasts is indeed something that must stop. Yes, mothers want to protect our daughters from rape, sexual advances, early sex and pregnancies, but this is hurting them. You are Brave!

Ch Urmilla, (Urmila Chanam) far away in India, I have fruitfully connected with you over issues of menstrual hygiene and management. This is essential in ensuring girls’ and women’s everyday lives are not interrupted by menstruation and ensures that they can continue with daily routine such as going to school, going to work or doing household chores. Indeed the power of sharing a conversation and extending a hand to someone who shares vision cannot be underestimated. There is no doubt this is your niche. Your global campaign named 'Breaking the Silence' and 'Celebrating the Red Droplets' is catching fire. This is very critical to me because this is one of the key reasons girls drop out of school in Uganda. Your innovative approach is worth replicating. The hotline will definitely provide information to those girls who may not have anyone to ask about menstruation. I am keeping my eyes open on this one. Our chats on face book will forever be treasured as I advance my work with youth girls. I describe you as bold and daring!

Sharon Multani, from the United Kingdom, I appreciate you sharing with me number of resources on how to make cloth sanitary pads. I can’t wait to try it out. Your candidness to work with me in this area is very much cherished. This is by all means a sustainable approach to keeping girls at school. You are compassionate!

Sharon Asonganyi, founder of Threads of Our Fabric Project in the USA, we met here and made a trip to visit the Sexual Health Improvement Project (SHIP) project in Uganda. What we shared has since helped SHIP to grow. You are down to earth!

Achieng Beatrice-Nas from Uganda, Your vision of having rural unprivileged girls attain an education is a powerful tool in every girl's life. Yes, today she is a child, but tomorrow she will be a mother. So an education will determine the quality of her family and community. Your popular slogan ‘Nobody is a nobody’ keeps me inspired to work for the girls and women cause. The times I have consulted you via phone or face book chat have been very valuable for the Empowering Women through Mentoring Programme. You are exemplary and a change maker!

Terri Rucker~T.T, from USA, through WP, our connection has grown. Your choice to support and mentor a young woman in Uganda is just fabulous and a blessing to Sebia. You are motherly! Julie Collura from USA, for mentoring girls in Uganda, your visit to the Uganda WP sisters is still memorable. The fund raising resource you have shared is just timely. You are Awesome!

Olutosin; from Nigeria, I always refer to you as Tosin, you are noble, empowering and steady. Every time I log onto my face book and WP accounts, I ensure reading your postings because there is always something motivating and to learn from you. Wow, I love the innovation and transformation going on in Ibasa TTTTT. Your efforts have no doubt already created ripple effects in your community. Promoting economic empowerment for women is what we share and have dedicated ourselves to do. Yes, we have shared discussions on challenging issues, and surely these same networks that brought us together will find solutions for us. Tosin we are real line sisters. You are a genius and vocal post!

The afrikangodess, Amma~we connected three years ago but are growing stronger day by day. You are an inspiration to me. You made me believe in my capabilities when you gave me opportunity to publish some of my journal articles in the then Afrikan Goddess online magazine; the power of literacy in women; Destroying the female character among others. Today I’m on a journey to publishing my book. You are stunning!

Susan Kenn, amidst all the technological advancement going on today, with enthusiasm to harness its power, I was confronted with a challenge of making my voice to be heard through tweeting. Susan, you did not hesitate to inbox me detailed step by step instructions on how to tweet and followed up. It worked very well. Yes, one does not need to know someone physically to give a solution to a problem in such a platform. You are a candle that lights others!

There is no doubt that digital connections have made it possible for us to find solutions to issues surrounding us as women; and participate in ending them. It is empowering and motivating. We are a bouquet of pulses bound by an invisible ribbon, with a strong fragrance creating effect. I love you all WP sisters.

Yours online Grace

Emagazine: Bridging Borders

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  • Urmila Chanam
    Aug 25, 2014
    Aug 25, 2014

    Dear sister Grace,

    How I missed not meeting you in Kampala during my short stay in your lovely country!! You were someone I so wanted to meet! I wanted to feel your being, your vision but I am sure life will bring us together face-to-face someday soon enough.

    Thank you for this article. Thank you for mentioning all our wonderful and inspiring sisters who are each making a contribution to make this world a better place. In your inclusiveness, I sensed the way your life and perspective takes into account all these women(including myself) in the scheme of things as you tread your own life path. And this is -EMPOWERMENT, this is the WAY TO GO FORWARD, TOGETHER, HAND-IN-HAND!

    More power to you!

    You my dear are a tunnel through which everyone passing will find light.

    Love from India, Urmila Chanam

  • ikirimat
    Aug 25, 2014
    Aug 25, 2014

    Dear Urmilla

    Thank you for the appreciation and kind words We will surely meet one day because its inevitable. With the inspiring words we are accountable to our communities ; together we will surely conquer.

  • Ashley Turner
    Aug 25, 2014
    Aug 25, 2014

    Wow, I am in awe of the wonderful connections you have made in the World Pulse Community. I am new to this community and this post inspires me to become even more engaged. It is incredible how you have been positively effected by the work from Chi Yvonne Leina, Ch Urmilla, Sharon Mutani, Sharon Asonganyi, Achieng Beatrice-Nas, T.T, Olutosin, The Afrikangodess, and Susan Kenn. All seam like brilliant change makers! It is true that even though we are all a part geographically that we still share common hopes and dreams for the present and the future. With the emergence of globalization, the term community has taken on a whole new meaning. I appreciate the last line you wrote "We are a bouquet of pulses bound by an invisible ribbon, with a strong fragrance creating effect". What a beautiful and poetic description of the strong bonds that are shared in this community.

    Thank you for sharing your gratitude with the rest of the world pulse community, Ashley

  • ikirimat
    Aug 26, 2014
    Aug 26, 2014

    Dear Ashley

    Your Comments are very much appreciated. WP has changed the way I look at things and the way I do things now.

    I cant stop to say thank you to WP Community of vibrant change makers. Yes , our big dreams will certainly yield big results, lets just keep connecting and networking.

  • Olutosin
    Aug 26, 2014
    Aug 26, 2014

    Thanks so much for this my sister, you have shown here that we were waiting for a platform, we have our voices, our vision and our ideas, we were just looking for a mountain made of women, where we can raise our voices and make our ideas and passion known to the whole world.

    Thanks so much for bringing out the power of friendship, sisterhood and the power in the voice and togethertherness of women. Also, we thank World Pulse for bringing us together, this is our world, this is our voice, this is the same change we pursue, irrespective of our countries, religion, and experiences. We are one.

  • ikirimat
    Aug 26, 2014
    Aug 26, 2014

    I read your reply with a smile Tosin. As always, your words give me more energy. Again thank you for being my real line friend and sister. And to WP, you did it !!!!

  • Yvette Warren
    Aug 26, 2014
    Aug 26, 2014

    Dear Grace, World Pulse is certainly achieving their mission of empowerment through education. You have obviously mastered this platform of worldwide communication in which we each have something to teach.

    Thank you for the letter of gratitude for this great gift. I feel the same way about World Pulse as you have stated that you feel. Add me to your bouquet, please.

    Continue to be a blessing. Yvette

  • ikirimat
    Aug 26, 2014
    Aug 26, 2014

    Hello Yvette,

    I feel honored by your kind words. Indeed this platform changed my whole life and I will always owe this to WP. I will not hesitate to add you into my bouquet.

    See you there!!

    Grace

  • Member Member
    Aug 29, 2014
    Aug 29, 2014

    Dear Grace,

    I enjoyed reading your letter because I too have benefited from online connections. Through online platforms like World Pulse, I am connected with people from diverse backgrounds and from different nationalities-- something which I could not have thought of even 3-4 years ago when I first started out with my media and development work. Your letter strikes a chord with me therefore. I wish you well in your endeavours, especially in publishing your book.

    In solidarity, Monica

  • ikirimat
    Aug 29, 2014
    Aug 29, 2014

    Thank you Monica for your encouraging feedback on the articles. im glad share the same feeling about networking on this platform.

    Lets keep going sister-Lets keep connected!

  • Achieng Nas
    Aug 29, 2014
    Aug 29, 2014

    Hi Grace, It is so amazing that I am connected with most of the enthusiastic women you have mentioned here, like I am connected with you. WP is a hub that pulps up all of us, above all, connects us for a good reason - changing the world for women and girls globally. Thank you so much for sharing this and for being a wonderful, gracious, kind, positive, brave, beautiful Ugandan woman! We are looking forward to working with SHIP to empower the grassroots girls and women. May God take care of you there in Liberia.

    Take good care! Love and respect, Beatrice

  • ikirimat
    Aug 29, 2014
    Aug 29, 2014

    Wow Beatrice,

    You have said it all. Again thank you so much and I look forward to our next meeting to discuss SHIP.

    God bless you

  • Terri Rucker
    Sep 02, 2014
    Sep 02, 2014

    I think mentorship is the answer to all of womens issues around the world. I love you Grace and the doors you have opened in my life, to help me feel connected to my sisters around the globe!! Good luck on your book Grace, you are a source of inspiration!!! Thank you, hug Sebia for me when you see her, Terri Rucker
  • Tamarack Verrall
    Sep 02, 2014
    Sep 02, 2014

    Dear Grace,

    What a beautiful piece this. Through your writing so lovingly back to these Sisters you have expanded our joining hands by letting us all know much about them and how they have touched you. This amazing WP system then makes it so easy to go to each profile to find so much more!

    As we tell and retell each others' stories, these stories are finally becoming the world news, creating such giant waves of information full of what we know, and what we are changing, and what needs still to be changed. This piece shows us how powerful retelling can be. Your love and energy are palpable throughout. It was a joy and an inspiration to read. What an exquisite bouquet.

    With much love,

    Tamarack

  • ikirimat
    Sep 04, 2014
    Sep 04, 2014

    Dear Tammarack

    I am glad that this piece resonates with you too. What a joy and I look forward to a growing bond through this community for a better world for women. Regards

  • afrikangoddess
    Sep 03, 2014
    Sep 03, 2014

    How very nice of you. This is so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes.

    Has it been three years already? Oh how quickly time flies. It feels like only yesterday I was reaching out to you to submit your beautiful writings to be published on Afrikan Goddess Magazine. And you were so gracious and responsive. You are equally an inspiration to me, if not even more. You opened my eyes to some problems I never even thought to examine through a different pair of lenses. Thanks for this beautiful tribute to me and all the wonderful women you mentioned above. YOU are stunning!

  • ikirimat
    Sep 04, 2014
    Sep 04, 2014

    Dear Amma,

    Thank you for the kind remarks of appreciation. I am glad to know that in one way or the other, I have inspired you. But its even greater that we have inspired each other and I believe that is what we all need to do. Never leaving any woman behind. Lets move forward hand in hand.

    Kind regards

  • Obisakin Busayo
    Oct 21, 2014
    Oct 21, 2014

    Your words is so inspiring, touching and seasoned with Grace as your name. I feel so honoured to be part of this pulses that comprises of you these beautiful sisters around the world. Each time I read about your work, your journal, I feel so inspired and reasons to go on affecting our world. Together we will continue to raise the banner and the sky is the beginning. Thank you so much my dear sister for this wonderful words of encouragement!

    With Love Busayo

  • Yvette Warren
    Jan 19, 2015
    Jan 19, 2015

    Dear Grace, It has been a while since we heard your voice on World Pulse. Perhaps you can cross-post updates on your initiatives in your WP journal and elsewhere.

    Thank you for being a blessing upon our shared earth. Yvette

  • Nusrat Ara
    Apr 04, 2016
    Apr 04, 2016

    Dear Grace,

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • Aliya Bashir
    Apr 06, 2016
    Apr 06, 2016

    Hi Grace!

    I was blown off by this incredible post with whirlpool of power.

    This is proud moment for all of us that we have the resources and medium to connect.

    I am so much looking forward to transform our virtual relationship into in-person bond and devise ways to strengthen our bond.

    We have to share our resources and talents and help each other in all possible ways.

    Kudos to all the amazing ladies who have been mentioned in this post.

    I am so much inspired!

    Thank you!