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Introducing myself and my journal: Women on the Verge

About Me:
My current passion is working with a group of Sudanese refugees known as the Lost Girls of Sudan. I am collaborating with award winning filmmaker Deborah Fryer, writer Leah Bassoff and a group of 3 Sudanese undergraduates--Inne, Nakwa, and Atilio to gather oral histories about important stories about the Lost Girls' flight from civil war in Sudan.

I also have worked as a Fulbright researcher in Tanzania on conservation and human rights issues with Maasai communities in the Serengeti region and in Kenya as a project director for Operation Crossroads Africa. I first became passionate about global equity, Africa and women as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya. When I was accepted to the Peace Corps in 1987, my father stopped talking to me and refused to acknowledge that I was going to Kenya which seemed far off and scary to him because of the U.S. media's negative focus on AIDS/ poverty and unrest. It was painful, but I persevered and teaching in Miranda near Kisumu Kenya changed the course of my life. This summer is my 20 year Peace Corps reunion.

My Passions:
global equity, women's empowerment, collaborative research and creative work

My Challenges:
Being so passionate that I get overcommitted; staying focused, grounded and balancing my work life with my commitment to my 2 young sons Charlie (7) and Simon (3)

My Vision for the Future:
Hope and Positive Change

My Areas of Expertise:
ethnographic research, grant writing, outreach, Africa

Comments

LauraB's picture

Welcome

Laura,

With your passions, background, and current projects, I think PulseWire will be a wonderful networking and sharing forum. Many of our members will be interested in your work regarding the Lost Girls of Sudan. After reading Eggers, What is the What, my eyes and ears were opened to the story of displaced peoples around the globe-books have a powerful potential to raise awareness. A great way to get involved is to post to your journal or comment on other journals. It would be great to post a photo or favorite image.

A few groups that might interest you:

Building Alliances and Bridging Movements: Addressing Gender-based Violence and HIV
http://worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups/598

Rafiki Club
http://worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups/6627

Another active member who has done a lot of peace corp and global work in Africa
Kristi Jo Lewis
http://worldpulse.com/user/1207

Your knowledge and passion will be welcomed on PulseWire...so glad that you are here!

Warm wishes,

Laura

JaniceW's picture

Karibu

We are so happy to have you join our PulseWire community. I hope you will be inspired to share with us some of the issues and success stories you have encountered working with the Sudanese refugees -- they may provide insight and inspiration for others facing similar challenges. It is through women such as yourself that stories are being told, movements are being started and laws are being reformed.

Your inspiring contributions are so vital and I know that you will be able to transform lives as you share your knowledge, dreams, ideas and hopes with the community. Here, you will find amazing women here who have courageously confronted the inner conflict that has arisen from the difficult environment they found themselves in. I encourage you to reach out to other members to share your ideas, visions and success stories, or start a dialogue by commenting on another journal entry.

If there is anything I can help you with or if you have any particular interests, please let me know and I will try to steer you in the right direction. Again, welcome,
Janice
PulseWire Community Director

Kizzie's picture

Hey there, This is very

Hey there,

This is very interesting for me as a Sudanese young lady:) I'm working with Sudanese refugees in Egypt. I'm a research assistant right now, helping a professor with her new book on Sudanese women refugees in Cairo!

I hope we can collaborate in the future!

Dando's picture

Hi there!

welcome to pulsewire, a world where women unite to identify a problem, find solution and share ideas. Hope you enjoy been on this network,

regards
Dando

Maria de Chirikof's picture

hi!

Wow, it sounds like you will have some fascinating journal entries coming soon, I can't wait. It takes courage to go against your fathers wishes and follow your dream, what an inspiration for all of us! A big welcome and hugs for all you have done for he woman and girls around the world.

Maria

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