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Introducing myself and my journal: Akwugo's Corner

About Me:
I am a development worker with a passion for the work I do. I believe that women should be treated equally and justly and live their lives free from violence and discrimination

My Passions:
Books!!

My Challenges:
Time

My Vision for the Future:
A female president for Nigeria

My Areas of Expertise:
Community Development, Gender, Maternal and Child Health, Development Research

Comments

Carri Pence's picture

Welcome!

Welcome to PulseWire! I am so happy that you are part of a community that cherishes your voice and encourages your vision for a better tomorrow. Your knowledge and ideas will be inspiring others through your writing and service to this community. I encourage you to become a member of our group End Gender Based Violence at http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups/22295. Furthermore, I encourage you to look at our Man Up action blogging campaign at http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/programs/action-blogging-campaign-gbv. These are both great outlets to stop violence against women!

With friendship,
Carri Pence

Akwugo's picture

Thanks for the warm welcome

Dear Carri,

I am so excited to have discovered and become a member of this great and inspiring community of women. I look forward to contributing to the site and learning from other women activists and visionaries on PulseWire. I will definitely join your group and I'm sure that it will be an enlightening and exhilarating experience. Thanks again!!

Regards,

Dorathy Akwugo Isu

jadefrank's picture

Welcome

Dear Akwugu,

Welcome to PulseWire. We are thrilled to have you as a new member in our thriving community of grassroots women leaders and supporters of women's initiatives who are lifting our voices in the name of empowerment and connecting across borders to make positive change for women everywhere!

I would love to hear more about the work that you do in community development and women's empowerment. I sense that you have a great wealth of experience and knowledge to share with us and I think you will find friends here who can be supporters of your work. I encourage you to use your journal as a platform to raise your voice on issues that matter to you!

I hope that you will join us in our community Action Blogging Campaign - Ending Gender Based Violence: http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/programs/action-blogging-campaign-gbv

I look forward to hearing more from you on PulseWire!

In friendship,
Jade

Online Community Manager
World Pulse

Akwugo's picture

Thanks for the warm welcome

Dear Jade,

Thanks for the warm welcome!!. I work in the area of community development because I love to interact directly with the people, share their problems, listen to their ideas and share their joy when something finally works out for good. Community Development in my organisation, covers every initiative that reaches the grassroots... from women education and skill acquisition to gender based violence, human rights, maternal and child health, malaria, HIV/AIDS and so on.

My organisation works in all these thematic areas and we also offer free legal aid to women and young girls who are victims of violence and human rights abuse. Our aim is to make women believe in themselves, empower them to have a sustainable livelihood and to have the know how to ensure that their lives and the lives of their children are not endangered through harmful and unsanitary practices or cultural beliefs and myths.

I am excited to be part of this community and I look forward to interacting with all the vibrant women who's posts I've read and all those who have contributed to making this site what it is today.

Warm Regards,

Dorathy Akwugo Isu

Sharese's picture

Welcome!

Welcome to World Pulse Akwugo! I am so glad that you are here! This is a great place to connect with others who are passionate about women's rights and empowerment.

I see that your passion is books- any good suggestions?? I always love recommendations by fellow book lovers :) There is a Book Club group here on World Pulse where people can share their love of books and give book suggestions, recommendations, and have conversations. The link is: http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups/12087

Let me know if you need any assistance connecting with other people or groups! Again, I am so glad that you are here :)

Much Peace,

Sharese

Akwugo's picture

I'm glad to be here

Hello Sharese,

Thanks for the warm welcome. I'm really happy to be here and to have the opportunity to share ideas with like minded women who have taken up arms in the battle to empower women and protect the rights of women.

I really love books and I will definitely link up with your book club. The truth is, I read almost anything though I tend to favor detective novels with lots of suspense and a touch of romance and comedy. I rarely buy bestseller but my book collection (novels) ranges from Jayne Ann Krentz to Barbara Delinski, Nora Roberts, Stuart Woods, Sue Grafton, Maeve Binchy, Jo Berverly... the list is endless!! Unfortunately, books rarely get to our bookshops until they are at least a year old!! and the cost of shipping the books (if you buy them online) tends to be more expensive than the books themselves (that is if you can get an online store to trust a credit card from Nigeria).

In spite of these challenges, I still have my ways of getting a good read and it is one of the only things that temporarily takes my mind away from the challenges of working with women who are victims of abusive homes and marriages and people who are so poor that they do not know when and how their next meal will come.

I hope to hear from you soon. Thanks again.

Warm Regards,

Dorathy Akwugo Isu

Eliana's picture

Dear Dorathy, it is a

Dear Dorathy,
it is a pleasure to have you part of this community and I hope you enjoy the atmosphere and the way of exchange and sharing of this website.
I am a passionate reader too and whenever I have the time to do so, I look for books. When I go to a library or a bibliotheque it takes me hours and time passes by so quickly that I don't even realize it. I like books written by women and telling their stories but some male writers are good, too. Especially I read books from African authors (Ken Bugul, Mariama Ba, Mariam Ndiaye, Waris Dirie, Ousmane Sembene, Wole Soyinka, etc.). I don't want to bore you with a list. If you wish, I posted a list of book suggestions on this site and I would like to know which books you would suggest to read and you appreciate.

As I read in your presentation you are working with women and young girls too and you try to empower them, to make them believe in themselves. I am working in a project for empowerment of migrant women. The main challenge we have to face at the beginning is: language! Many women are not able to communicate and that makes them dependent from their husband and not free. They don't have a chance of development. So the first thing we do is teach them the language (Italian) or provide for literacy and alphabetization. As they get familiar with the language they take courage and get out of themselves: they start talking about themselves and they want to share with others.
Our challenge is that the group is mixed and changes from week to week because new people join motivated by their friends and others leave. We never know how many women will come and we never know who is coming until we start our lesson. That's interesting and requires experience, improvisation and versatility and creativity. I would like to learn from you which methods you found more productive for your empowerment of girls and women.

I hope to hear from you soon.
Take care
Eliana

Eliana

Akwugo's picture

Empowering girls and Women

Dear Eliana,

It is good to hear from you and to read about all the wonderful work you are doing to empower women. My organisation works mostly wit indigenous communities and language is not usually a barrier for us because most of the women whom we train understand a bit of Pidgin English which is usually effective for communication. We empower the women with skills such as bead making (they use the beads to make jewelry, bags, flower vases, etc), Tailoring, Knitting, Hairdressing, Catering and snack making as well as Hat making. We have a skill acquisition training centre in our office premises and we also go round to communities for special activities. The duration of training usually differs according to the skill to be acquired and ranges from 3months to 18months.

The main challenge we face is in linking our graduands to micro-credit facilities to enable them get small scale loans which they can use to start up their own businesses. We however hope to sort this out soon.

Thanks for your interest and hope to hear from you soon.

In friendship,

Dorathy

KAREEN UDOH's picture

joyious moment.

Hello comrades!
I have this to say that, we are moving so rapidly even more than expected. As such, am so proud of women leaders in various communities and mostly WORLD PULSE for this creative initiative to surmon the like minds in voicing aloud the problems facing women in difference aspects and communities.
I for one here in Port-harcourt Rivers state, am trying against all odds though not so easy to make sure I search for young girls/women with creative business ideas,rational concepts and innate talents inorder to motivate them not to give- up on their dreams,and am also working seriously to establish various ideas and dreams from young girls,because when their minds are nurtured, creatively busy,no one I say, would take advantage of them in any form.
My research has indicates that most of the victims of the societal crimes against women are those frustrated ones.
Those without supports,motivationally,financially and otherwise.So all hands(various women leaders) must be on deck,for us to perfect the women's world in all ramifications,intellectually, academically,ffinancially and otherwise.
So, lets make wave for more awareness campaigns for the various leaders to gather for BRAINSTORMING on projects strategies and implementations, inorder for us not only to make empty noices but carry out practicable concepts to solve the various problems of womanhood,.

busayo's picture

Welcome Sis

Welcome to WorldPulse, we are so glad to have you in our thriving community of global grassroot women leaders.
We are looking forward to hear more from you and what you are doing in your community. I am also working with grassroot women in my community, we have a forum whereby we gather women together to share and encourage one another in any problem they might be facing. My organization is called:- Women Inspiration Center. since we are both in the same country we might be of help to one another at one time or the other, like if we need legal aid for our women, we could ask for your asistance. Once again you are welcome into our midst.

with love
Busayo

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria
busobisaki@yahoo.com
womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com

jadefrank's picture

Akwugo's message below

Hi Busayo,

Be sure to see Akwugo's message below! I hope that you can collaborate and something powerful!

Hugs,
Jade

busayo's picture

Thanks Jade

Hi jade,
Thanks we will do that, we will continue to keep in touch.

Hugs
Busayo

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria
busobisaki@yahoo.com
womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com

Akwugo's picture

Thanks for the warm welcome

Hello Busayo,

Thanks for the warm welcome. I'd like to know more about your organisation such as where you are based in Nigeria. We offer free legal aid for young girls and widows who are victims of violence and human rights abuse but we'll have to know more about the type of challenges your women face so that we can know how to come in.

Thanks again and please keep in touch.

Warm Regards,

Dorathy

busayo's picture

oh great

Hello Dorathy,
I am glad to know you can be of help for our women. My organisation is called Women Inspiration Center. We based in Ile-Ife, Osun state at the western part of Nigeria. We help women to discover their potentials and make good use of them and along the line we help women or girls that are maltreated, abuse or battered. I will be glad to notify you whenever we have a case that we will need your legal aid. Recently a girl was raped near my house, she was going to a nearby farm to meet her mother to help her with some of her load home when she was accosted by a man who raped her and ran away. All our effort to find the proved abortive. We even organised a search party but they could not find the boy. We are still looking for him. This is the kind of enviroment we are living in. Thanks very much and i will continue to keep in touch

Warm Regards
Busayo

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria
busobisaki@yahoo.com
womeninspirationcenter@gmail.com

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