Introducing myself and my journal: Hidri means Legacy
I can't really pin-point the moment I became a feminist or when I realized I was a feminist. I feel like it is in my blood, but it also rests in history, my experiences, my environment, and my refusal to even entertain the idea that I am of the weaker sex. I come from a country where women have played a pivotal role in liberation and independence despite the many cultural aspects that categorized them as 2nd rate citizens. It is this 'hidri' that drives me to play my part in the movement for women rights.
There isn't a single English word that can translate to mean 'hidri'. The closest word might mean legacy, but still it does the meaning of 'hidri' no justice. Hidri means a responsibility to carry the great legacy of our fore fathers/mothers, something like a promise. Legacy is something you inherit and can’t avoid, where as ‘hidri’ is something that is passed on with full knowledge. Especially when it comes to the Eritrean women’s movement, I recognize this ‘hidri’.
In university, I studied public administration and political science, and by profession, I do foreign affairs. I am particularly interested in peacebuilding and sustainable development in the Horn of Africa, one of the most volatile regions in the world. I truly believe in the power of youth to bring about positive social change within their societies. The youth are a strong, steadfast and reliable backbone for social transformation; all they need is a clear strategy and for development tools to be placed in their hands.
Peacebuilding and sustainable development for the Horn of Africa, social justice, public policy, activism
Competing to influence a chauvinistic society among a working environment dominated by men
My Vision for the Future:
A strong, united, committed and conscious youth contributing significantly to a peaceful, stable and developed Horn of Africa
My Areas of Expertise:
Foreign relations, youth policy, networking, project/program management, peacebuilding, youth partnership, grant writing/fundraising, political advocacy, women rights