I adapt to many situations and socializing is one of them. With the fact that most of the times I am cooped up at work, social networking came just at the right time-when the internet is the tool i need to broaden horizons. When I met Martha Akello through face book,she had been abused in her marriage because she was so lesbian but society had forced her to get into a marriage to a man who raped her every time in the name of conjugal rights, she had taken enough and decided to walk out to the dismay of her parents who in turn ex-communicated her! My heart went out to her. Here is where the power of social media came in. I wrote about her story on facebook and tweeted on it and through these I got a counselor for her to help her through her trauma. She got out of that marriage a wreck, broken and HIV positive. She is now living positively and in a relationship with a woman (whom she met through internet too) who is her fortress. When I was doing this I did it not knowing the impact it would create in me and for her, from that I never stopped being a source of inspiration to fellow women.
When my own family was faced with trials and my mother suffered the loss of a husband, left with no property and a mentally challenged son it strengthened me more and the vision I developed for myself was to be an example to the rest of the young women in my community.To be liberated and empower women in my community to be independent and not dependent, to be fighters and not losers and to stop languishing in self pity. To walk with them through the realms of fire be it cultural, social, economical or religious without faltering to achieve it all. I desire to see the women in my community economically-socially and politically empowered so that they too can have a grip of their lives and to contribute to our economy positively and in uniformity. It would be my pleasure if even just one woman whom has been inspired by my vision rose to be known in the whole world through her contributions to the womenfolk in relation to development. Women are the backbone of an economy! An economy with empowered and informed women means reduction in poverty levels.
For this reason I so desire to become a Voices of Our Correspondent so that I can be able to open my community to the world. Just like with Martha Akello’s story, I want to realize my vision with women from my community. I am targeting the young woman from age 18 up to 35 in the grassroots level. To me these are the most vulnerable age and it’s the time they go through a lot in their lives and in the community. It is easier to empower a young mind as they are always willing to learn and can easily adapt with the emerging social-economic and political trends of today. An informed young woman from the grassroots will know the benefits of educating her girl child and has to work very hard so as to see the success of her child. She will not sit and watch her age mates go for seminars, trainings or even join developmental groups and be left behind in the bandwagon. Hence they can be a source of inspiration to one another. And this will ensure a uniform development. I want to be mentored because personally I am still young of age and mind but I want to show the world that I too can make a great difference just like mother Teresa or just like our very own (may her soul rest in peace) Prof Wangari Maathai. I have the will, the courage and World Pulse should now provide a platform/forum for me to realize and implement then share the success with the rest of the women from around the globe. I DO NOT WANT TO TRY!!! I WANT TO DO IT.
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