Why I joined this Group

Stelz
Posted July 22, 2016 from Ethiopia

Hello everyone on the sub-Sahara Africa Group my name is Stelz. Although I have been on this group for a while now I wish to formerly introduced myself as part of my Digital Changemaking 101 training. I am a Cameroonian currently living in Addis Ababa. I am a stay at home mum at the moment. I was introduced to World Pulse by our very own Sub-Saharan Africa Lead Mrs Leina Chi and straight away I caught the vison and since then I have been using my time to promote the World Pulse platform is this part of the world focusing my energy on issues women are facing here in Ethiopia.

I see the Sub-Saharan Africa Group as a very vibrant group in the online community that discusses issues that face our continent at large hence the reason I decided to be part of you all adding my humble voice to this great course of women empowerment.

What interest me most in this group are the similarities in topics that are discussed. We can see that as Sub-Saharan Africans we share similar demises, if it is not one old cultural practice that disfavour women it will be gender based violent or women streamlined on issues. The good thing is, we in this community are beginning to campaign against all these malpractices to women and we must NOT relent our efforts as no one will do it for us. I hope to contribute on these issues especially on gender poverty and bridging the gap on gender issues by means of empowering women wherever and whenever.

I wish to add that if you are a member of this online community and leaves in Ethiopia, please contact me let’s put our efforts together to make a difference. Kudos to the Sub-Sharan Africa group especially to the community champions and of course to our great Sub-Saharan Africa Lead Mrs Yvonne Leina Chi for the great job she is doing leading these amazing women.

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Celine
Jul 23, 2016
Jul 23, 2016

Hi Stelz,

Nice to read from you and welcome on board our Sub-Sahara African group.

You know as the African continent is large, so it has numerous and diversified but yet similar cultures and traditions.-- cultures and traditions that greatly affect the lives of the people and to a very large extent promote women subordination and men's superiority and at the same time endanger the lives of women and girls.

Our empowerment, as you noted, put us on the right path of using our voices, speaking out and also empowering others so that collectively we rise up against the challenges of our time.

Blessings to you sister,

Celine

Stelz
Jul 30, 2016
Jul 30, 2016

Thank you Celine for your warm welcome together as sub-Saharan Africans we hope to continue speaking out on the issues facing women in our continent.

cheers

Stelz

Carolyn Seaman
Jul 29, 2016
Jul 29, 2016

Dear Stelz,

You are officially welcome to the vibrant World Pulse Sub-Saharan Africa Group. When I joined the group, I also discovered the similarities in our African countries, particularly the marginalization and exclusion of women and girls. I remember my shock at reading the post a Cameroonian sister shared that revealed the similarities between the dowry practices in Nigeria and Cameroon. And there are so many other examples that reveal these similarities we share.

However, I am inspired by your resolve to use your time as a stay-home mom to engage with other women leaders around the world. This strengthens the power of the internet to move you beyond your physical location. And this is why World Pulse is such a wonderful community to connect voices towards global social change which starts in our communities. You have hinted a fantastic idea that has left me curious, do you think you could explore a network for stay-home moms like you to connect their voices towards the development of your homes, local Church or youth groups or even the community as a whole? Your network may share valuable resources or information that is useful to you all. I mean, this is all you, though. I am just curiously thinking along the lines of what you shared.

Thank you for sharing with the group. I celebrate your passion!

Stelz
Jul 30, 2016
Jul 30, 2016

Dear Carolyn

Thank you for your response just the many advantages of this great platform look at how you have seen beyond me.... just being a stay-at home mum. Thank you for this great lead on how i can connect with other stay-at home as myself across the globe. Watch this space Carolyn......

Cheers

vrclark
Jul 31, 2016
Jul 31, 2016

Dearest Stelz,  

Although I'm not a Sub-Saharan African woman, as a 64 year old survivor of domestic violence and sexual abuse in the United States I cheer you, all your sisters in African nations, as well as girls and women across the globe to keep moving forward in making positive differences that will benefit all of us!  

The male dominant cultures have no hope of transition if we women don't empower each other and teach our girls (and boys!!) to stand up, speak up, and cultivate strong allies!

We must use our voices to change the cultural (global) paradigm that brings suffering.

Please never feel you need to define yourself as "just being a stay at home mum", as there is no "just" about it!  Being home with your children and having the vision of change and betterment for your communities, women and girls, is as powerful a gift to the cause as those who are in the forefront as politicians, service coordinators and advocates!

You ARE making a great contribution and difference in the world by being the best mum you can be to your children. This way you can empower, influence, and send more change makers out into the world to take part improving conditions, and the lives of women, girls, and our communities. 

I'm so glad to meet you, and to have World Pulse to build the bridges that we can walk together to bring about change! Keep up your courage and vision, and we all look forward to hearing from you again!!  

Welcome, and thank you for sharing! It means a lot to all of us to have one more voice speak up!

Thank you.

Leslie Stoupas
Aug 02, 2016
Aug 02, 2016

Dear Stelz,

I am not from Sub-Saharan Africa either, but I am inspired by the vision and strength that comes out of the posts for this group. Seeing your determination from halfway around the world helps me feel optimistic about the future of our world and our children, who have so much to learn from strong women like you. 

I look forward to reading about your future developments, and I stand with you in support of your work. 

Best to you!

Leslie

Kadidia Doumbia
Aug 03, 2016
Aug 03, 2016

Dear Stelz,

Keep your energy up. It is so exciting to have women like you who cannot stop helping other women.

You're a real ambassador for women's empowerment.

I wish you the best and I am glad you're part of the Worldpulse community.