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Tis' a Small World

'It's a small world indeed", I said to myself after meeting three members of the worldpulse community by chance in a conference in Bangalore, India recently.

First, I met Jessica who said she was impressed with the frankness in my journal pages. Then I met Mama Africa, Lindy from Kenya, who was an inspiration to me with her genuine desire to help her fellow African women have better lives.

And then, there was Teresita from the Philippines. She is such a warm person.

Imagine meeting three persons from the worldpulse community just like that, perfectly by chance!

The conference had as theme "Telling Stories: Why narrative matters in Public Engagement with Science". One of the strands during that conference was Gender and boy, didn't I enjoy the gender sessions!

After interacting with these three very wonderful women and many other women from several countries, I was glad I had traveled thousands of miles and crossed two oceans to make to it to that conference in Bangalore, India.

Comments

JaniceW's picture

Wow!

Nelly, I am so thrilled that you got to meet and connect with Teresita, Jessica and Lindy. Lindy is a true world changer and champion of women's empowerment in Kenya. I have no doubt that your meeting with her was inspiring. I would love to hear more about the conference and your conversations with Teresita, Jessica and Lindy. What did you gain the most from the conference, and from meeting these women?

I can't wait to hear more. Best wishes,
Janice

Nelly2.0's picture

I gained much

Hi Janice,

sorry it took me this long to reply.

The gender conversations at the conference touched on making space for women's stories and women's mental health. During these sessions I learned more about Lindy's work through project Africa and I also found out that the lack of mental health experts and facilities back home is a deplorable situation. I'm trying to see what I can come up with to try and raise the issue of mental health in Cameroon.

I think what I really appreciated was meeting people from diverse backgrounds and finding out that despite all our different cultures, we all human and we share more similarities than differences. And after hearing the experiences of others, I think I'm more than encouraged to try and make a difference in my community.

Merry Christmas and a very prosperous 2010!
Nelly

olakitike's picture

Wow Nelly! This sounds like

Wow Nelly! This sounds like so much fun. It is a small world

Nelly2.0's picture

Believe me, it was fun.

Believe me, it was fun.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
Nelly

mamaAfrica's picture

Lovely to have been in your midst

Hello Nelly

It was lovely to be close to you during the Telling stories conference. Equally, You did inspired me with the contributions you made giving examples and workable solutions from Cameroon. We have to keep on engaging women in science and more so in health. How good it was to know we are world pulsers. it feels like coming from the same home. I loved it . Hope you are setting up a Rafiki Club in your home town
love you

mamaAfrica

JaniceW's picture

Rafiki in Cameroon

Wow, what exciting news! That would be so great to see Rafiki clubs throughout the African continent. Please keep me posted on these developments. Very exciting.

Nelly2.0's picture

Hmm

Hi Mama Africa,

I'm feeling the spirit and I'm sure I'd want to see a Rafiki Club soon enough here in Buea.

Love you too,
Nelly

Nusrat Ara's picture

It sound so good that you all

It sound so good that you all met. Reading your post I felt I was close as well.

Love

Nusrat

Nelly2.0's picture

Hi Nusrat, we are truly a

Hi Nusrat,

we are truly a family at world pulse. I would love to meet you one day and even if we never meet, I know I have a friend who listens.

love,
Nelly

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