I draw inspiration from a saying: be the change you want to see in the world. It fits quite well with my personal vision, which is to create positive change and advocate for equality though speaking out. I believe that we are here on the planet Earth to live, grow up and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom. I believe that I have the power within me to achieve my goal to work and advocate for the rights of the marginalized. It is my vision to use every opportunity I get to speak out against subjugation of women, ostracizing of sexual minorities and discrimination of the disabled and the poor.

As the adage goes the power of the pen is mightier than the sword, it is my hope that through writing I can push for transformation, changing of people’s attitudes and spread the gospel of love, acceptance and tolerance. It’s one thing speaking about things and then nichodemously doing the exact thing that we are advocating against, I hope to live the word that I advocate for and fight oppression to the last end through non violent means. I want to accept myself, love myself before spreading the love because it all begins with me.

In my community my vision is to spearhead the championing of human rights and advocating for equality of all human beings. Whilst it is true that we are not a homogenous group since we all come from different backgrounds, we are all human at the end of the day. I hope to use my skills and talent to create a safe place for everyone. To live in a community where everyone cares for each other, protects and guards each other jealously and not hold on to cultures or beliefs that are detrimental to the lives of other people. A community in which they are no minorities or marginalsied people. Everyone’s potential is realised to the full, work together regardless of our differences to achieve unity of purpose. I also strive to live in a community, which is not divided along racial or political lines. Respect and recognition of human rights without being selective.

It is my vision to live in a world in which the ‘majority’ do not make decision on behalf of the ‘so-called minority. A world in which no one has to beg for recognition and ask for their rights because human rights are inalienable. A world where the rich do not make decisions for the poor, men on behalf of women, heterosexuals deciding for homosexuals, the able bodied drafting policies for the disabled. Everyone should be given the opportunity to speak for themselves.

Hordes of cosmetic human rights instruments have been signed yet they are ‘loud sounding nothing’, mere documents meant to hoodwink the masses into believing that we live in a democratic world. People walk the talk the talk practice what they preach.

For a long time now women have been treated as second-class citizens. And are not taken seriously when it comes to making important decisions. I hope to see the chains of patriarchy which entangle women being broken by women and even men as willing partners in the process without using violent means .

It is my vision to see women take up leadership roles , even at world conferences , summits and different fora . Knowledge is power, there is no doubt of any that being a voice of our future correspondent is an opportunity to acquire knowledge through sharing experiences. To reach out to many men and women across the world. In these times of information technology such a platform is definitely an effective tool for communiation. Through writing informative and well-researched articles as well as expression myself, mirror the society I live will be empowering for me and other women across the globe. My Inspirational journey to self-discovery along the way can also motivate others. This is a space to mobilise, make strategies create , manage and control knowledge. When people have information at they disposal they can make informed decisions and are not vulnerable. Being a voice of our future correspondent will make me a drumbeater, raising awareness, speaking out sharing with others and I will also be a bridge builder, ensuring that stumbling blocks are turned into opportunities paving a way and showing others that we have dreams and we have nightmares, but we conquer these nightmares because of our dreams.

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Dear Milestah,

You have a clear vision and a great determination to serve others especially women who are being treated as second class citizens.

You will make a great Voices of Our Future Correspondent! Good Luck!

All The Best, Noriah

Dr.Noriah Ismail Senior Lecturer Academy of Language Studies UiTM Segamat Johor Malaysia

Dear Milestah,

What a moving and powerful vision you have laid out in your last assignment! Through your words, I can hear a woman with a strong sense of self and the motivation to achieve a world of equality. I love that you do not settle for the "cosmetic human rights instruments" and refuse to back down from real, concrete change. Your goals speak to us all - here in the U.S., we are still working towards this end as well. Having women like you join the fight for equality gives me great hope for the future! I was truly moved while reading this post and want to thank you for your courage to speak up. I know that great things will come your way and that you will make the most of these opportunities as you continue (y)our fight for human rights.

Best wishes,

Alison

Great post! I love the emphasis on people of all shapes, sizes, and stripes speaking for themselves, instead of just giving them a well-meaning spokesperson. I wish you all the best for your application to the Voices of our Future, and all other projects you will take on next! Andrea