Moments of Hope

Tamarack Verrall
Posted April 17, 2017 from Canada
Greetings from Canada March 8, 2017

I have tried to think of one moment of hope but now with World Pulse it has become impossible. My head and heart are full of those exquisite moments when I read about one more woman, one more strong story of courage, of dedicated action, another courageous voice declaring that we are faced with a global human rights violation, the subjugation and violence against women and girls, and the bullying of men and boys to be silent and follow the rules at its epicentre. Every time I read a story exposing this, that leap of happiness in my heart, that flooding of joy that this new wave of change is taking place, every time I read that a woman is willing to say she is for freedom for women and girls, I have a moment of hope.

And so I have decided to write about these moments of hope that I have had reading stories from the latest participants in the Advanced Digital Training, because of the hope that these women give me. The beauty of Cecille’s paintings of women from the Philippines, her recognition of family beyond blood lines, her heart joyful that we are connecting as women. The dedication of Adelfj empowering women in rural areas of the Congo. The perseverance of Larieta in Fiji to counter prejudice, with success now lobbying for her country to ratify rights for people with disabilities. Sophia’s work in Ghana to help girls escape abuse, her unapologetic identification as a Women’s Rights Activist. Araba’s recognition in Ghana of the power and importance of women’s friendships with each other. Kundai in Zimbabwe “Like The Sun” shining her light on how disrespected women are while giving birth and how silenced when suffering mentally having faced life and death up close. Aramide in Nigeria choosing building an orphanage over secure and steady income, working with girls who have been abused, and saying it out loud: “There is power in synergy when women unite”. Austina, also in Nigeria wanting every woman to be all she can be. Dr. Rejoice in Zimbabwe creating “For Women by Women” to help women succeed. Edinah in Zimbabwe dedicating all her resources to amplify women’s voices, calling out that “All women are phenomenal”. Jue from China, boldly a Women’s Rights Activist empowering and giving voice to migrant women. Funmilola in Nigeria creating the first Career Counselling Centre for Women. Gaok committed to gender equality in Botswana. Immah in Kenya devoted to “Make Girls’ Life Better”. Kadablah in Rwanda creating a Health Care App for pregnant women that will save lives. Kamila in Afghanistan unafraid to call herself a Women’s Rights Activist and to call on men and boys to join in creating change. Katia from Mexico imagining a world in which “women and girls know their worth…and deserve to live without fear”. In Cameroon, Konda, another Women Rights Activist getting pads to girls and encouraging them to stay in school, Sally (Maselein’s) teaching sexual and reproductive rights and Sophie Ngassa teaching girls to Code and lead. Shirley in the Philippines is deeply committed to the history and well being of Indigenous People, using her savings to create change. Lulu in Zambia with her steadfast belief that by educating girls we will all have a better world. In Kenya, Memory changing the lives of disadvantaged youth. Smeijka in Poland doing visionary work with autistic children. Mercedes in Guatemala describing how they ousted a corrupt President, and providing leadership workshops to girls. Stelz in Ethiopia working to change the lives of women living with untreated fistula and facing community scorn. Shrutir in India who has created Sayfty, support and self defence for women and girls. Rosemary working in Tanzania against girls being forced into marriages. And Lily in Ethiopia laying out the trials of organizing meetings, refusing to give up, creating a memorable time and sharing the success of it all with us.

When I think about a moment of hope, every one of these women has caused my hope to grow, as has every story I have read in World Pulse, every message I have been able to send, every connection I have made that has become a friendship in shared commitment, every message of encouragement received to my own plans and ideas, every message of support and leadership from our brilliant, dedicated and loving Team and Board.

In the moments that I feel overwhelmed, when I wonder how to find the strength to read the news, to learn about one more woman or girl harmed, the moments when I wonder how we can effect this change, how to embrace all we need to do, I am encouraged to, inspired to, energized to continue because of all of you. I am continually fed by this hope flowing within our beloved World Pulse, by joy as we meet and share our lives, by the depth our connections, our respect for each other and our trust that together that we are making change possible everywhere.

This post was submitted in response to Moments of Hope.

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Francisca Robles
Apr 17, 2017
Apr 17, 2017

Yes, is true. Worldpulse is a network were we can find hope. Reading your article makes me smile.  I am not able to read the news these days, I´d rather read what is going on  through this type of articles. Thank you for highlighting the work of such amazing people!

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 20, 2017
Apr 20, 2017

Hi Fran,

I am so glad to have made you smile. World Pulse is so full of amazing change makers. It is where we can now get the real news, and the most hopeful!

Sophie Ngassa
Apr 17, 2017
Apr 17, 2017

Dear Tamarack, I enjoyed reading your story.It also gave me hope.I like this "every one of these women has caused my hope to grow..." Thank you.

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 20, 2017
Apr 20, 2017

Dear Sophie,

There are so many powerful stories coming through, it takes strength to hold all of the pain of what women and girls are going through, but the courage of World Pulse writers transforms pain into hope. I am so glad you enjoyed this.

JulieG
Apr 19, 2017
Apr 19, 2017

Tam, what a beautiful tribute to this incredible group of women and the hope and inspiration they have brought to all of us following their journey.  Thank you for putting this into words for us all!

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 20, 2017
Apr 20, 2017

Dear Julie,

Knowing that none of us has the time despite the desire to read every story, it was a wonderful experience to take a look at this year's group women pushing themselves to develop and write about their current work through the Advanced Digital Training. Thanks for your lovely addition.

Renee Shakti Gaia
Apr 24, 2017
Apr 24, 2017

Tam,

Thank you for your passion and determination to be a part of change. You are a wonderful writer!

When I think of hope, I think of women. Women are the Gateway to All Life and all our stories through the ages are our very own HERstory, each having significant value and meaning to us now. 

Reading your post reminds us that there are women from around the world fighting with us even when it seems we are alone and there is no sisterhood. We are not alone and I thank each and every one of you alive today and all women who've gone before us and died refusing to surrender to males rules/laws & gods. 

As Andrea Dworkin once said-

"Let us on this night consecrate our lives to developing the revolutionary sisterhood-the political strategies, the feminist actions which will stop for all time the devastating male violence against us."

With Love,

Renee

Tamarack Verrall
May 09, 2017
May 09, 2017

Hi Renee,

Thank you for your encouragement and your beautiful message. Yes, it is so different now, knowing we are rising everywhere and able to be in touch with each other. You have quoted one of my favourite authors. She led the way with such courage, refusing to be silenced.

With love,

Tam

Sharmila Thapa
Apr 29, 2017
Apr 29, 2017

We emphasises on the power of women and how much they are able to control and contribute to the society if they believe in themselves. Wehopes that in the future people are able to see single mothers for who they are, mothers who care for their children and want them to be better.

Tamarack Verrall
May 09, 2017
May 09, 2017

Dear Sharmila,

Thank you for adding your voice and important message. Deep respect for all the millions of single mothers is a big part of what we are working toward. The full appreciation of all the work that women do that is not recognized. So glad to know you are there raising your voice. 

In sisterhood,

Tam

Tebi Honourine
Jun 18, 2017
Jun 18, 2017

Dear Tam.

With World Pulse there is hope. Am greaful to be a part of this community of love, support and humility.

Lisha M
Apr 16, 2018
Apr 16, 2018

Dear Tam,
This has really brought tears to my eyes, as hope is so essential to drive change. Hope is that feeling that gives us the strength to go on... At present I am undergoing a really stressful situation in my life, and this piece has reconfirmed to me teh importance of hope. Thank you for this wonderful piece.
Blessed Be,
Tilz

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 16, 2018
Apr 16, 2018

Dear Tilz,

Thank you for your encouraging comment. I am so glad that you have found this, and that it gives you a lift. This is one of the beautiful things about WorldPulse. As painful as life can be, and as painful to take in what so many are going through and are working to change globally, we are constantly reminded now that we have each other. Hold onto that hope, we continually build it together.

Big hug,
Tam