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Dear PulseWire Advisory Council Group members,

As-Salamu alakum or peace be upon you.

Before welcoming you and expressing my gratitude to the World Pulse founder Jensine and staff, I would like first to acknowledge the huge benefits we have received since joining this giant platform. The Voices of Our Future (VOF) was a turning point in lives of wide societies worldwide.

For the first time, the world hears voices of women, who have been long lagging behind, speaking for themselves and societies in an unprecedented way.

Though I have never the honor to meet you before, let me share something personal with you. The moment I read the email last month, telling of my selection as a member to be the first World Pulse Community Board Member, I was happy and floored! Two contradicting emotions, that shouldn’t come together but they did! The primary school where I spent my loveliest days is threatened to be replaced by a shopping mall!

At the moment I supposed to rejoice my success, Girls’ education is being, at this moment, fought in my homeland where more than a thousand girls may be deprived access to self empowerment and development. I know better than anybody what does depriving a girl from education mean.

Not only that, knowing justifications given for changing from education to shopping commodity, you will definitely be astonished.

Under a pretext that the school premises has become outdated and no longer fit for use, some influential greedy officials in my town, decided to demolish the old primary school girls, where I studied and are creating a modern shopping center on its premises. Simply like that, without offering and an alternative choice for more than a thousand students or transfer them to other schools.

That happens at a time when women are not engaged in decision making. Males, intended or not, always underestimate what bright future these girls could eventually mean or bring to Sudan’s development and progress.

Depriving women of education, means depriving a nation to access knowledge and map their future, thus leaving the door ajar to high rates of maternity and child, lack of access to adequate health care, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), polygamy, intersect marriage, displacement, war, deprived training and skills and shouldering the responsibility to gain their living, etc.

I believe dear sisters we have much in common. The majority of us may be third world citizens and well aware of a woman’s worth in such societies and the terms of being a woman: suffering silently is the norm.

Complaining - we should not. So let us destroy this idol. It is a must. We have already started, but lets be more effective

I believe that we will be very successful once the word impossible can’t find its way into our minds or consciousness. So we must make the pledge and renew our commitment to join our goals and NETWORK our efforts, locally, regionally and globally.

Let me convey my conviction to you Sisters; IMPOSSIBLE is a word, so don’t let it be a wall!

Look at me! I am a journalist, and again find myself in the wrong place! I live in a country where I’m not supposed to report about a country where it is too risky to report. And those journalists wish every day to live and enjoy seeing tomorrow’s sunrise. But I decided to be heard and here I am blogging with you and for women in my country.

As one hand does not clap alone, let us first put our two hands on the hands of the founder of this giant platform; Jensine and her team who have networked women worldwide. I believe that going back to our respective homelands and network of women on the levels of small clusters up to big areas will help a lot in bring their voices forward and put them on the front of the stage.

In the moment writing this journal, I am quite confident that seeds of great ideas that address the problems of the present and future have been brewing for a long time and are waiting for harvest.

Please let me know your aspiration and expectations.

Your valuable comments will be highly appreciated.

Love,
Halima

Comments

marietta64's picture

hi

suffering silently is the norm.
NO IT IS NOT the norm,but if you are pressed by the situation sometimes it can become...
In order to struggle a persom or a woman has to be financially independent - may be te new changes in this site in the Resource Exchange can help those who wish to struggle to make it effectively - in fact in every country those who struggle for rights are under pressure and in danger,even in countries where democracy exists - but there the pressure is made with soficitcated means or invisible...I am sure for that,because i have gone through it.

Halima Mohamed Abdel rahman's picture

Hi Marietta, Thank you so

Hi Marietta,

Thank you so much for your comment. I agree with you that"suffering silently shouldn't be the norm" but in many societies including mine, suffering without complaining is highly appreciated. Figure out such situations when women culturally valued for their silent suffering! And in such societies women can easily be family breadwinners, economically independant, but they don't know or feel the economic power they enjoy or how they can improve their quo status if they decide one day to go on strike!

zoneziwoh's picture

Impossible possibility

Dear Halima, many thanks for your kind and encouraging words.
Yes! time has come for us to say - there isn't any such act as being Impossible.
Together, we are making it and sooner we get to our destine land; a land where the next generation will asked Why VAW...? They will wonder with shame Why , our generation had perpetuated such shameful / humiliating Acts.
sooner, not too long from now - if only we Stand up for No to Impossibility, and Yes to Everything is Possible.

Thanks Halima

Stay blessed
Zoneziwoh

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

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Dear zoneziwoh,

Thank you so much for your comment and support.
believing that there a light at the end of the tunnel, I fully agree with you that "- there isn't any such act as being Impossible". So the sooner we start the better would be. Let's start right now dear sister/s and rock the world!

Regrads,

Halima

busayo's picture

Hello Halima

Hello halima,
It is good tohear from you these encouraging and urging words. It is true the time is now to remove the word impossibility from our dictionary and brace up to face the challenges of speaking up despite all odds until we get to where we are suppose to be and the position we are suppose to occupy as women in the ourcommunity and the world as a whole. No to impossibilities and yes!!!!!!!!! all things are possible.

Remain Blessed
Busayo

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

Halima Mohamed Abdel rahman's picture

No to impossibility!

Dear Busayo,

Thank you so much for passsing, reading and sharing this rich comment. Yes it is high time to reunie goals, join our efforts, erase the word impossible from our dictionaries and take action against old images or stereotypes of women suffering silently.

Stay blessed!

Halima

jap21's picture

Hi Halima

I think it is just too terrible to tear down a school to build a mall... I wish I had the money to fly there and help you fight the statu quo and make them understand how valuable education for girls is.

People (especially men, but some women too) usually tell me I take things too personally, and I should let go of the things I know I cannot change. Given my stubborn brain (it keeps thinking even if I want to stop), I will always try to think of new ways to beat the old ways...

By my nature I can only keep struggling, as I can never accept being down hill. So, my struggle-oriented heart and my forever working mind tell me that the only way men will get away with destroying the school is if women LET THEM. So, the first thing to do is DON'T LET THEM!

Please honey, talk to every woman around, make them understand, create your amazing jokes so that they will understand your point, go to the media, start lighting candles to light up education for girls. Please sister, don´t give up.

How can I help? I know I am too faraway, but if there is anything I can do, just tell me.

Love,

Jackie

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

Jackie,
be back soon for your rich comment. Till then, some people push you to the edge of madness. Mine are part of that category.

Stay well,

Love,

Halima

Emily Anyango's picture

congratulations

Hello Halima,
The world we are living in think of a woman as a second class and second hand.It is time we raise our voice and let them realize that we are first from the day of our birth.Come to the board with courage and receive a word of welcome from me.Our Kenya Refferendum is through and was Peaceful, i thank God for this and may the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

ketwangi orphanage and learning center Kisumu Kenya

Emily Anyango,

Absolutely agree with you that it is high time that women stand up and defend their rights by all means.
Many thanks for your warm feelings.

Love,

Halima

Nusrat Ara's picture

Way to go Halima. Good to see

Way to go Halima. Good to see you have started.

Love

Nusrat

Dear Nusrat,

Deeply sorry for my late reply. Million thanks for sharing this comment.

Love,

Halima

Farona's picture

Salaam okhty!

Thank you for writing this amazing post – you communicate beautifully :-)
And you’re genuinely inspiring !

Hi Farona,

Thank so much for passing, reading and appreciating my post and ability to communicate easily.
You are in Saudi Arabia, me too,so let us communicate and unite our efforts.

Love,

Halima

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