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VOF Corespondent feature article (Need all of your help)

Dear
World pulse VOF correspondents, midwives, mentors and board member,

I am well and hope you all are doing great. I am thinking to write feature story of World pulse VOF correspondents. I wonder if you can help me by answering the below answers. Your answers are highly needed.

How would you describe your community?
What were you doing before joining World pulse?
Have you ever felt oppressed in your life? If so When?
How do you feel about joining world pulse?
As a correspondent/mentor/midwife, what have you learnt from the program?
What is your ambition?
What are the challenges do you face during the program and were you able to solve it?
Do you think investing in women is worthless or worthy? Why? Why not? Explain
Is there anything you would like share?

Regarding answer: You can leave your answer in the comment or email me privately through world pulse.

Thank you so much for your time and efforts.
With regards
Sunita

Comments

Victoria Vorosciuc's picture

Not a private answer :)

How would you describe your community?
My community is very unique. Never boring to be here since there is so much to do... There are families living altogether until the children get married and move to live with their husbands. Usually a family consists of 1 or 2 people. Seldom there are 3 or more. People receive good education in school, being able to move forward in their life. A lot of them migrate to other countries, thinking that life is better and there are more opportunities, thus the number of people decreasing with years. The villages are empty, only the elderly people and their grandchildren living there. Randomly you can see some young people from 20 - 30 years being there. Our country is pretty young if to consider its independence since 1991. So, I believe it confronts a lot of changes in political, economical, health and life style field. Many that return from an abroad experience want to see the country doing better. Thus, people get more engage in volunteering or developing new projects. As for the ecology, the country has its good and bad parts of the moon. The air is fresh and clean, there are many trees planted, but water needs more care as well as garbage waste flow into the nature.
For now the environment treated us well, but I believe with a careless attitude, it starts bringing revenge on us through swine flu epidemics, and other diseases.
We are proud to be an agricultural country, and we need more investment to show the world how much we ca do with our resources. So far, people try to be optimistic no matter the surroundings and our country, Moldova, is a hidden secret of Eastern Europe, being very hospitable, and meeting every visitor with great food and a glass of good wine.

What were you doing before joining World pulse?
I constantly believed that there must be something in the world where people can hear what you want to say!
I found it accidentally, and I blamed the creators that my country was not on the listed countries. After the situation was fixed, we couldn't stop talking and talking and talking...
So, you may call me World pulse addicted. But of course, I worked and still do with people around me to show that every thing in this women world is positive and strong and that together we can be even stronger in everything we do. All we need is to bring each others potential out and make concrete steps to achieving our goals, while living all the incertitude and low self esteems in the garbage can.

Have you ever felt oppressed in your life? If so When?
Yes, once it was in my 11th grade, when all the girls tried to make me weak, and blow my self esteem down. Ever since, I am trying to step on those excluded by society, to help them get out of the stress and show the strong side of being a woman.
Recently, I was bullied at my work. Some people like to be on top but by achieving this goal they try to harm others. I have been harmed by this. The wounds a heeling but this one issue will keep me defending other people that went through similar situation.

How do you feel about joining world pulse?

I simply love it. It is inspiring, motivating and positive platform where people can be heard. I met very dear people here, my mentor Pat O'Connor, the Pulse wire team, Sunnita, and VOF colleagues, I find here many opportunities, I learn about other women that try to do something for their rights. It is a miracle and my daily motivation to do more, to write about things, which I never did earlier.

As a correspondent/mentor/midwife, what have you learnt from the program?

I learned that space is information, and that people that want to hear your voice are the best motivation!!!
I learned that I can express myself through writing.
I learned that there are 1000 of opportunities that we are not aware of, and if defining clearly what we want, we can get it!!!
I learned that the program is very active and people respond to each other's message or need.
I learned that we can contribute and bring some change in our countries through this wonderful tool.

What is your ambition?
My ambition is to learn as much as possible about women empowerment and give it to others that lack it. I want to learn more about the world, about ways people can make it better. My ambition is to be able to stand up and speak out for my community.

What are the challenges do you face during the program and were you able to solve it?
My confidence was the main challenge. I could not believe that people will read what I write. Also the language is quite a barrier, sometimes you need to rewrite, edit and reconnect in order to make people understand the message you wanted to push out. I was able to solve it with the support of World pulse community, with feedbacks, my mentor's encouragements, and my friends around. I also found motivating the book that was sent by Gail Strub and all this business cards with the lovely motto, which I tend to follow: "Nobody speaks for me. I speak for myself."

Do you think investing in women is worthless or worthy? Why? Why not? Explain

Investing in women is worthy, because women need some transformation and support on whatever she does.
Who else can understand this but a woman that is being supported? Of course the investment must be directed towards the positive changes that can make women, after more upgrade, transmit the same power to another woman and this is why we are constructing a World Pulse Here.

Is there anything you would like share?

I want to share my gratitude to all people that breathe with World Pulse. It will transform the world! It already does!

Victoria Vorosciuc
Project Coordinator
"Empowering women to participate
in community life"
WorldPulse Media Corresspondent

JaniceW's picture

So inspiring

Victoria, I was so moved by your comments and feel so proud in having played a part in helping you speak out for your community. I remember when I first wrote to you in Romanian and you told me that you were really from Moldova. We quickly added your country and flag to the list, and here you are.... a vocal and passionate correspondent representing Eastern Europe. I have loved sharing your journey with you and although I am not on PW as much due to my workload, I just love reading your posts.

Sunita, dhanybhad. I love this idea of yours and can't wait to read all the responses. I hope you had a great birthday and are still celebrating what makes you so wonderful. This has been an incredible journey not only for the correspondents but for all of us at World Pulse who have shared it with you all. You are at the heart of World Pulse and we are honoured to have been able to give you a platform upon which to raise your voices. Let's keep this community thriving after VOF and show all our new members just how amazing it can be to connect across oceans, borders and cultures. Hardik Subhakamana,
Janice

sunita.basnet's picture

Thank you

victoria

thank you so much for your prompt reply. I wonder where are others. I cannot wait to hear from rest of my fellows. Looking forward to hear fr om all of you.

Janice, Didi, sawagatam. I wonder it might take little longer because I REALLY want to include everyone's thought in my paper and want to see the difference in the life.

Once again thank you.

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

giftypearl.abenaab's picture

Your Interview Answers

Dear Suni,
Sorry for the delay in sending my response but better late than never. Please find below your answers. Feel free to ask for more clarifications if the need be okay?

Your Question-How would you describe your community?

My answer-At a glance, you will see school children, young people, men and women and a busy street. On the street you will see many petty traders most of them are young boys and girls selling toffees, electrical appliances, beggars-of which some are physically challenged adults and some children-most are foreingers. You hear the horning of cars especially taxis and you will see “trotros” dodging traffic. You will also see many women in their shops, boutiques and in their offices.
.A community where you can taste any Ghanaian local dish like Kenkey and fish, fufu and banku.

Your question-What were you doing before joining World pulse?

My answer: Before I joined World pulse, I was a student youth activist and advocate for children, youth and women through the media (mainly through radio and youth magazine). I had just completed University and was doing my national service which is compulsory for all University Graduates here in Ghana.

Your question: How do you feel about joining world pulse?

My answer- I feel excited and privileged joining World Pulse. I feel as a changed person positively- some one whose Journalism and advocacy skills have been sharpened. I feel empowered with the resources, the tools and the connections of World Pulse.

As a correspondent/mentor/midwife, what have you learnt from the program?

I have learnt the power of knowledge, resources and connections. I have learnt new Journalism skills like-interviewing, researching and ethical reporting.

What is your ambition?

I want to be become a media consultant for Women’s media projects and programmes and a Lawyer.

What are the challenges do you face during the program and were you able to solve it?

Physical challenges-sickness, tiredness, felt drained sometimes
Emotional-As I did the past and write about Frontline journals, as I interview children begging on the street and felt to tears
Psychological-As I struggle between whether my writing is good at all or not
Time management-There seemed not to be enough time to work, study and complete research and beat deadlines for all assignments.
I overcame all through the support form the community and self -discipline and dedication.

Do you think investing in women is worthless or worthy? Why? Why not? Explain
Investing in women is not only wise but a critical thing to do as women are vital in contributing to the optimum development of any nation.

Is there anything you would like share?

No dear

Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Founder
Greight Foundation
www.greightfoundation.org

sunita.basnet's picture

Thanks dear

Thank you so much for all of you who have spend time answering my questions. I look forward to hear more from others friends.

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

jap21's picture

Hi Sunita

I had lost this post, so it took me some time to find it again. Better late than never. Here are my answers:

How would you describe your community?

A.- A beautiful valley, full of happy people. Even having less money than they all deserve, people here are easy on smiles, they chat with you in the streets and when it is fruit season they will invite you fruit from their trees. Everyone knows their neighbors and they follow your activities and talk about you everywhere. Small town! Women are the ones to defend "macho" positions here. It is very hard to make them understand, for example, that it is not riight for their husbands to go drinking with male friends every Friday. It is also interesting to see how women dance together in parties, and men just watch and make jokes about it. The last two things don't happen in bigger cities, where women have a different approach to men. People here are famous for their jokes, for being slow, for their slow and singing tone when speaking, and of course, for beautiful women.

There is a book called "Underdevelopment and Happiness" that draws the character and vision of the people here. I am a migrant inside my own country. I live in a place where people from my ethnic background are called "collas" as a bad name, when instead I am proud of being a Colla. Some time after I got here, a young, handsome man told me "Dirty Colla, go back to your town", and I was so surprised I didn't answer anything. Then I realized that this man was only drunk with the pride of being part of a state that became the "wallet" of the country in the last five years.

Seven years ago, private companies invested a lot of money in Tarija to obtain natural gas from deep inside the earth. They had enough money to do this. Then came Evo Morales and "nationalized" this gas campuses. The fact is that if transnational companies wouldn't have come to invest, we would never have had the opportunity to nationalize anything. But this is the kind of uncomfortable truth that noone at this time, when re-election of Evo will take place on December 6th, wants to read about. Much less in international media.

What were you doing before joining World pulse?

A.- Working, working, working....

Have you ever felt oppressed in your life? If so When?

A.- Yes I have, many times. Men always have had a lot to do with my feelings of oppression, but I got over it, EVERY TIME, as it should be for every woman in the world.

How do you feel about joining world pulse?

A.- I have once described this as "Our Pulswire, Our Temple of Freedom" when I am here, I am free.

As a correspondent/mentor/midwife, what have you learnt from the program?

A.- I learned that I have so much more to learn.... I now understand that I don't know anything, and the world is better when I open my ears and my eyes big to see what women really want and need.

What is your ambition?

A.- My ambition is to be small enough for a little girl to feel she is my size, tall enough to see any man eye to eye and humble enough to acknowledge myself as a tiny part of the infinite universe God has created for us, and yet big enough not be stepped on by anyone.

What are the challenges do you face during the program and were you able to solve it?

A.- I have had many challenges, but when I start working on something, I usually don't mind about challenges, I feel challenges are part of any journery, and make you stronger if you don't let them overcome your will.

Do you think investing in women is worthless or worthy? Why? Why not? Explain

A.- Investing in women is the ONLY way to overcome poverty in the world. Women are the hope and I feel very sad when I see a woman without enough self esteem, who thinks of herself as unworthy. Money should serve to prevent this from happening, so that families are empowered as the basic units of society. One woman, one family, one non violent world.

Is there anything you would like share?

A.- My deep gratitude to everyone who ever answered my articles. They are the reason I keep writing. I promise to answer 95% of them. The 5% left, I promise to read anyway!

Hope this is helpful for you dear Sunita, and I encourage everyone to answer your post. Please send a reminder with the right link to this article, as it was hard for me to look it up once I had lost it.

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

Anette Leslie's picture

Congratulations Sunita

The best I can do to support you in the penultimate round is to answer your questions.

How would I describe my community?

Now I`m living in a community of about 500 000 people (Nagasaki City, Japan). There are universities, many churches, schools, as well as shopping malls around. It is quite convenient as you can walk 5 minutes from my apartment to the supermarket, dentist, doctor/hospital, dry cleaning, hairdresser or any type of service that you require. In this city there is also a street car, buses that run on-time as well as taxi cabs which can be hailed from outside as early as 5 a. m.

Before joining world pulse I was team teaching English. I`m still doing that except my schools were changed recently.

I had never felt oppressed before until recently after I gave my farewell speech at the last school. It seems as if I said something that offended some of the Japanese teachers, even though I did my best to ensure that I complimented and thanked everyone, especially the males who retaliated by having a female teacher hurl insults at me during the farewell party. It appears as if they even went to the extent of drugging me. Even though when I did subsequent tests it came back negative, my whole physiology had changed for a few days. For the past 4 months I have been tormented by them, followed and psychologically abused. I had no peace and I lost weight from all the stress, until now a calm has come over me because I am not running away. I`m more aware of what is taking place. Let`s call it a cultural misunderstanding but we cannot fight hate with hate.

It` s a blessing to have joined World Pulse. Sometimes when I am feeling down I come here to connect with brave women like you Sunita who are making a difference and your stories inspire me. The lesslons that I`ve learnt are wide and varied.I really got a chance to further examine myself the more I read about these women and shared in their lives. After the 30 finalists were selected I took the task to get to know each one personally as my role model and mentor. Each day I would meet anouther one from another country. It was as if I was sitting down with them in an interview. You see my mom succumbed to skitzophrenia after she had me so I never had that close mother-daughter relationship where she would teach me proper values. Therefore, I sat at these ladies footstools and learnt proper values. The most inspiring for me was that girl from Isreal when she wrote her vision. All she wants is not to be bitter. Now I don`t want all these material things anymore. I want the same. I want peace.

Lot`s of love Sunita, Jap 21and Malapina. I`m glad you made it.

Anette

olakitike's picture

Hi Sunita, is it okay if I

Hi Sunita, is it okay if I get back to you next week? Maybe by wednesday? Am quite busy right now but will definitely get back to you. Hopwe that is okay

sunita.basnet's picture

Sure

Sure but i wonder if oyu post it by first week of december...

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

Dando's picture

Hi Sunnita

Please bear with me, I will post my details on wednesday.

with love,

Dando

Nusrat Ara's picture

Hi Sunita, I will take a bit

Hi Sunita,

I will take a bit of time in Posting

Love

Nusrat

Nusrat Ara's picture

How would you describe your

How would you describe your community?
I live in a valley surrounded by snow covered mountains, a place of mesemerising beauty yet torn by conflict. Besides the unparalled beauty the land is of people left affected by decades of turmoil with the armed conflict only two decades old. The lives of people are left scarred with bullets, bombs, disapperances, kiilings, tortures,custodial killings, and what not.
With no signs of a solution the lives of people are gloomy.

Yet we are a courageuos lot, going despite all the problems. You will find us smiling and quite hospitable even if our hearts are bleeding.

What were you doing before joining World pulse?
Work. And I am still on to it. :)

Have you ever felt oppressed in your life? If so When?
Quite often. I live in a conflict region. We are an oppressed lot with the oppressor never forgetting a chance to make his claim on us. Also I have found that one gets oppressed at times in different ways just by the virtue of being a women.

How do you feel about joining world pulse?
It was a great feeling.

As a correspondent/mentor/midwife, what have you learnt from the program?
That there is so much happening all over the world. So much you can take an inspiration from. So much you can learn from. So much that you need to know and understand. So much that can change not only you but also make you an agent of change for others.

What is your ambition?
To return to full time journalism.

What are the challenges do you face during the program and were you able to solve it?
Time as well as other resources. Where there is will there is a way.

Do you think investing in women is worthless or worthy? Why? Why not? Explain
I dont think u should be even asking this . Why worthless.
Despite doing more than thier share they are at the bottom. Do I need to add more.

Is there anything you would like share?
One ought to learn from ones mistakes. If u try to look ahead without analysing what you have done and what mistakes u made , you will commit them again thereby halting your progress and losing what you should have learned. :)

Sunita are u satisfied

Love

Nusrat

Tina's picture

Dear Sunita

This is a lovely idea. I look forward to reading everyone's responses.

How would you describe your community?

The community where I live right now is a very diverse, largely immigrant population in one of the boroughs of New York City. We consider where we live to be close to suburbia but most describe our location as being largely made up of the urban poor. It is a difficult region at times, full of conflict and often violent but I prefer instead to see its good side and to become inspired by, how, for the most part, neighbors of very different backgrounds are able to get on with each other.

What were you doing before joining World pulse?

I have been working for a not for profit organization as a freelance communications, development and sometimes designer. I am a stay at home mum to two boys, a former artist and a wannabe writer who has dreamed of making a difference in the world - I just wasn't sure how!

Have you ever felt oppressed in your life? If so When?

Yes both personally and professionally, most often in England from my teens to my twenties and most often in working, office environments. As I developed my voice and my smarts, I was often hushed, or bullied, or harassed, into being put back in my place. It is hard for many men (at least it was then in England) to accept that a woman could question or have her own opinion, without them feeling threatened or perceiving our ideas as questioning their authority in some way. Sometimes it was easier to simply acquiesce and smile sweetly.

How do you feel about joining world pulse?

This seems like it should be such a simple question with an easy answer but for me this is difficult to describe. This journey has had a profound impact on me and my life and I can't fully comprehend all the reasons why just yet. Maybe I never will. But it has been positive, it has been challenging, it has been life changing and it has fired up dreams and possibilities in me I never thought possible before now.

As a correspondent/mentor/midwife, what have you learnt from the program?

I discovered my writing style. I discovered that many people enjoyed reading my writing as much as I enjoyed writing it! I found my voice through discovering a self confidence I thought I'd lost years ago, then just as quickly I lost it again briefly. Thankfully just before the end of the program, I bounced back and started to find that newfound confidence again. Two steps forward, one step back. I am still on the journey and I have learned it is worth it!

What is your ambition?

To write a novel. To be published on both sides of the Atlantic, in both America and England. Phew! lofty ambition, but worth going for...

What are the challenges do you face during the program and were you able to solve it?

So many challenges Sunita. Emotionally this was very taxing for me. I have read many stories of conflict and difficulties in other regions around the world. But here, I was hearing these open, honest and difficult stories from women who had become my friends, my family. You all have put such a human very real face on the tragedies and trials of life. It is a very different experience learning about FGM or lack of water, or rape and murder, poverty, starvation from people who daily send me smiley faces and love on skype or who talk to me about my children and share with me the ups and downs of finding time to write, to be creative etc. How can I sit back and do nothing when my sisters are in trouble? The unsettling problem and continued challenge is in finding just what it is that I can do now.

Other obstacles were in convincing my family members (as supportive as they were already) to see that this wasn't just a hobby for me, this was something very important to me and also to learn to be open and public about my opinions and feelings and not worry too much about what other people thought of me.

Do you think investing in women is worthless or worthy? Why? Why not? Explain

Of course we should invest in women. they hold up half the sky so at least half the worlds investment should go to women! It only makes sense.We look at the world differently from men. It is important that both perspectives are brought to the decision making tables, to the media, to our communities, to the world stage.

Is there anything you would like share?
Yes you're lovely! And I hope to meet you when you come to New York. Which I'm assuming you will do on your way to America some day soon!!!!
Much Love
Tina xx

sunita.basnet's picture

Thanks all of you

Dear all,

Thank all of you who ever has submit your thoughts. I wonder where are our others friends? I will still wait for some days to hear from our friends and then will start drooping down all of your thoughts.

Once again thank you so much for your valuable thoughts.
best regards
Sunita

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

busayo's picture

Hi Sunita, sorry for the late submission

1 When you look at my community at a glance you will think all is well witth beautiful things you will see around,beautiful people going up and down but if you take your time in looking deeply you will find out that those beautiful faces you think you were looking at, some of them are hurting inside seriously, they might not even be able to afford a meal per day due to serious level of poverty and inflation in the country but because they are taught not to wear there problems on their faces, you may not know what they are passing through until you move closer to them. A community where the majority are suffering and minority are enjoying it to the fullest.

2 I have been oppressed before and that was when my father died and the relatives refused us any help and myself and my mother even as young as i was were solely responsible for the upbringing and education of my six siblings. The eight of us lived in a single room with one bed for years and i left them in that single room when i got married and i was still fending for them.

3 Joining WorldPulse was like a dream came truebecause i was able to express myself like never before, it was like somebody that was thirsty and were given water. I was able to rraise my voice for myself and others in my community

4 I learnt so many things from the program, I was able to interact with several women from 22 different countries, it is like i have visited those countries because of i have learnt from them. I can now boldly say tht i am a journalist, When we started i struggled a lot with my ICT but now i am much much better. I now have friends around the world that i can contact anytime. I can go and on and above all is the Empowerment Program i will be participating in that will continue to benefit me and my community for life.

5 My ambition is to have a Women Inspiration Center where women would be having forum to share their problem and helping each other.

6 When we first started the program i was struggling with my ICT and most of the thing they were asking us to do, i did not know how to do them until when i started asking questions around on what, i even had to employ somebody to teach me some basic things in computer. I also struggle with finance because i was paying through my nose visiting cybercafe.

7 Investing in women is definitely worthy because women is the heart of the world and there is no amount of money
investing on one's heart that is too much.

8 I will like to share that this program is worthwhile and the WorldPulse team have really done excellently, Our mentors have been so wonderful and all of us correspondents have done excellently well. It was indeed a wonderful journey.

I really appreciate your effort in wanting to bring all our thoughts together, you have done well.

With Love
Busayo

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria
busobisaki@yahoo.com
womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com
http://womeninspirationce.wix.com/widcng

olakitike's picture

My Answers.

Hi Sunita, Ihope am not too late.
1) Nigeria is a big place, very diverse and full of different stories.However, there is so much sadness here, the UNDP recently announced that Nigeria has the largest gap between the rich and the poor.In spite of our diverse in resources, majority of Nigerians live below a dollar per day.
2)I was on a break of sorts between the university and National Youth Service.
3)Yes, after my father died and his family dispossesed us of all his properties. it was a terrible experience.
4)Excited about the opportunity.
5)So much. First, a lot about journalism,writing within a given wordlimit and meeting deadlines.
I learnt how to use skype,western union, I met with dynamic women from all over the world and learnt much more than i can put into words from their experiences and bravery.
6) To become a great writer (Fiction and Non Fiction). To help widows in my community to pick up their lives after loosing their husbands. Have a centre that provides counselling, training and financial empowerment for the women
7)Internet access. Have I solvved it?I am still yet to save enough for my own laptop and internet access,but am on my way and the stipend helped!
8)It is definitely worthy because investing in humans is worthy because women are over half of the population of the world. We are crucial in every area of society and development.
9)It has been a great time on pulsewire, I look foward to better times ahead here.

sunita.basnet's picture

Thanks all of you....

Dear all,

thanks all of you for your wonderful thought. Fromn today I will be writing about all of us.

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

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