My journey

Kadidia Doumbia
Posted July 21, 2011 from United States

A eight years old marriage that never worked and a child; a difficult divorce, it was a 2 year nightmare. My job that can hardly pay for the bills . My back is against the wall. It is a serious decision I need to take and both my life and my son’s depend on whatever options I will choose for our future.

I am going to Paris where my mother is from.

I left the Ivory Coast as a dance teacher and the women's coordinator for the campaign on Violence Against Women for Amnesty International in the country.

In France, in less than four years I was an executive bilingual assistant for one of the 5 most important Industrial property Law firms in Europe, a guest choreographer for the National Ballet of Mali and a member of the executive committee of the International Dance Council-UNESCO.

Today, I live in the USA where I teach French in a private preparatory school in northern Georgia. I have a directorship position at one of the prestigious language institutions of the country. I am a co-writer of an award winning book and my son just graduated from high school, he is going to study Diplomacy in College.

During my journey I lost my best friend. My father passed away in 2005. You don't know how much you love somebody until you lose this person. I am still mourning him but I know NOW how much he loved me.

My Story: Standing Up

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  • Beverly Rose
    Jul 24, 2011
    Jul 24, 2011

    Dear Kadidia,

    Thank you for sharing your story. It wounds like you followed your your intuition, which guided you to a better life. I am sorry that you lost your father. I lost mine in 1988 and I still miss him.

    Please keep writing and sharing and standing up for human rights.

    aloha, Beverly

  • Kadidia Doumbia
    Jul 24, 2011
    Jul 24, 2011

    Dear Beverly,

    Thank you for your comment. I do stand for human rights and humanitarian rights of women. I just finished this course offered by the UN on"Measurement of violence against women through statistical survey".

    In the Ivory Coast during the 4 month civil war many women experienced sexual violence and some are still threatened. I am working with the NGO OFACI and many women have been approached to evaluate the degree to which they have been abused and then work out a program with the new government.

  • Carly Benkov
    Aug 03, 2011
    Aug 03, 2011

    Kadida -- Thanks for sharing your story. The journey is long, and it doesn't ever end. So I'm glad to see how much you've done and how successful you've been! Best wishes, Carly

  • transformation
    Sep 25, 2011
    Sep 25, 2011

    thank you kadida