Jamaica

Nadz

Joined Mar 2013
  • Advanced Digital Changemaker
  • Voices of Our Future 2013
Following: 19Followers: 20

Bio

About Me

My name is Nadeen Spence and I was born in the South of Jamaica in a parish called St. Elizabeth. I grew up in a small rural community called Kilmarnock, a Moravian free village which borders another parish called Westmoreland. I grew up in a large family, I was loved and protected and my parents and older brothers and sisters worked hard to ensure that our family would not be poor and destitute. My mother valued education and encouraged us to do well and study hard. I knew that the dangers which awaited me as a young women were many and that the worst of them was getting pregnant. This was hammered in my head, every day, I had four older sisters and this had not happened to any of them, they were respected and highly regarded precisely because they had managed to escape the scourge of teen pregnancy.

So imagine my complete horror when at seventeen. I became pregnant! Not good. I thought my world had one to an end. But it did not, and I am now woman triumphant, I love my story. Especially because I made some intriguing stops along the way. Now I pride myself on being a woman who is a social justice advocate and who speaks for the most vulnerable girls and young women or perhaps someone who helps them to find their voice so that they can speak for themselves.

I find that I am strengthened each time a young woman walks away from her situation in triumph, and as I observe their strengthening, I become more inspired. I love hope and promise and faith. So I walk in that tradition of people who are committed to that ideal. My son, my family, my work Getting past my fears Research, Programme development, institutional building, networking, leadership training and development, strategic planning

My Vision

More love, more life, more happiness.

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Nadz commented on When Men Are First Citizens Apr 14, 2014 Nadz commented on Introducing myself and my journal Jan 28, 2014 Nadz commented on Introducing myself and my journal: the real me Jan 28, 2014 Nadz commented on Two Sides of the Same Coin Nov 07, 2013 Nadz commented on Saving Jamaica's Girls Oct 30, 2013 Nadz commented on I am not voting to decide my faith. It’s intact. Vote for a President! Sep 17, 2013 Nadz commented on Why Polygamy Today? Sep 17, 2013 Nadz commented on Finding hope amidst floods of despair Sep 17, 2013 Nadz commented on Resistance Is Power: How I Fought For My Religious Freedom Aug 17, 2013 Nadz commented on Are men beasts? Aug 17, 2013 Nadz commented on Introducing myself and my journal Jul 18, 2013 Nadz commented on Moments with the ‘Heart-of-Attarkar’. Jul 18, 2013 Nadz commented on An Encounter with Georgia Love: Giving Voice to the Other Jul 18, 2013 Nadz commented on Living like a criminal in Uganda Jul 17, 2013 Nadz commented on From chalk to talk Jul 16, 2013 Nadz commented on Insistence of a dream vs. resistance of a society ... The story of a Lebanese Muslim female scriptwriter Jul 16, 2013 Nadz commented on The 'Missing' Girls Of India: A Woman's Fight To Find The Answers Jul 14, 2013 Nadz commented on A Hundred Thousand Coffee Seedlings for Just Change Jul 14, 2013 Nadz commented on When love is effective: the Melba Olvera story. Jul 14, 2013 Nadz commented on Smoke free signals from Ukraine Jul 14, 2013 Nadz loved How My Voice Went Underground Apr 26, 2013 Nadz loved When Women Speak: Poetry Apr 20, 2013