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MY NEW PULSE THROB

Before May 2010 while on a visit to India, the only other Pulse I was familiar with was that throbbing canal in my beautifully crafted feminine hand. God so expertly placed it on the inner wrist, protected from the constant rub and brush on the outer arm and hidden from the prying eyes of the world. If that pulse had a mouth, it would have shouted with joy and excitement when one other woman in my village was saved from death in the name of family honor and when the first water tap was inaugurated a kilometer away from our homestead improving the prospect of my having more than one bath a week. If that pulse could write, it would draw the graph of my emotional and physical highs and lows in real time saving the doctor the trouble of having to prod for the elusive pom-pom in my vein. But my pulse had no such luxury. Then along came Ms Tosin, an active World Pulse journalist who introduced it to me. At the time, we were looking for ways to tell the heartrending story of the Indian ‘Devadasi’ children. From then on I acquired a second Pulse that throbs with a cacophony of women voices for positive change.

What excites me most about the web 2.0 is that I can own a platform where I can learn, share, network and celebrate with women who care to listen and who need to be listened to in real time at personalized level and at least cost. The prospect of being skilled in journalistic writing is so encouraging.

The web definitely provides a much needed medium for women to communicate without prejudice to cultural, geographical, capability and resourcefulness. This has the potential to eliminate bias and stereotypical concepts evolved over generations and unite women into a gender empowerment movement. Were it not for a persistent voice by world women, the newly established Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women by the UN General Assembly may not have been realized.

The discovery of the web resulted from a passion to learn more about other women in the world fueled by my Indian experience. While there, it struck me just how little I knew about women outside my country and continent and how diverse cultures can be. Everyday in India brought with it a cultural and systemic shocker and I determined to proactively share and broadcast the plight of women with renewed vigor. Surprisingly, I found excellent first-hand information by women from India on this web and it educated me immensely. The web and its recommend links have formed an incredible exploratory journey for me as a feminist. I have started to critically question my values and vision for the future of women. I am looking forward to more education and incentive to fight for change, a resolve reignited by the varying experiences and initiatives shared in web 2.0.

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jadefrank's picture

Throbing pulse!

Dear Wambui,

Welcome! I found your interpretation of this assignment to be so moving - you are a bright start in this community and I hope to read more and more of your journals and learn about your work, your vision and your journey in discovering and shaping the incentives and to fight for change!

So glad that you and Olutosin found each other, and that she brought you here to PulseWire!

In friendship,
Jade

Wambui Kairi's picture

Energizing

Dear Jade,

You give me reason to move on. I hope my participation in this community shall bring a smile and affirmation as I have felt myself after this first journal posting. Thank you for your encouragement.

Wambui Kairi
Anthill Consultants
Kenya

Wambui Kairi

olutosin's picture

TESTIMONY!

Hey hey hey, This is my friend, how come you have been so silent? Wambui my darling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

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Wambui Kairi's picture

Tosin I owe you one!

Hi dear Tosin. You will be forgiven for Tossing me out of the widow. Yes, I have been quiet but see the impact you've had on me. accept my big hug for introducing me to Pulse wire. It is an incredible pool of communication you can almost touch and laugh with people. Actually, as am reading the responses to my first journal, I have such a wide smile ... read open mouth... a passerby might think me an idiot. I feel so encouraged and have just added more friends to my list. Lets talk on Pulsewire and my best wishes in your ardent fight for women and children. I always remember your energized antics that brought home the reality of womens lives in a humorous way.

Yours in solidarity

Wambui Kairi
Anthill Consultants

Wambui Kairi

Kathleen Abood's picture

Finding our Pulse

Beautiful use of metaphor and language. You have given a personal story with a global content for each of us, this is what we have to share in this new media. We can enlighten one another!

Kathleen Abood

Wambui Kairi's picture

You free spirit

Dear Kathleen

Hi. I love art and that one is real nice. Did you paint it. Isn't it nice to be able to put our thoughts, feelings, emotions, visions into an ' inanimate' form. I have put inanimate for luck of a better word for I have looked at art pieces that seemed to talk back to me, appeal to me cry out to me. Sorry am not very conversant with art lingua but I connect with art. Enrich us through your gift and thanks for your encouragement.

Wambui Kairi
Anthill Consultants

Wambui Kairi

Kathleen Abood's picture

Pele Honua Mea

"Pele of the Sacred Earth" is a large oil painting I did in 2005 to express the Hawaiian mythical story regarding Pele, the beautiful volcano goddess, creating all of the Hawaiian Islands in a chain across the vast Pacific Ocean, as she searched for a safe haven.
Looking for a safe haven sounds familiar doesn't it, sister?

Thank you for your interest.

Kathleen Abood

Amei's picture

Indeed - keep your pulse throbbing

Well presented and I enjoyed reading your article :-) India is a rich country with shocking expereinces in many forms. Web 2.0 educates me everytime I log in.

Wish you all the best.

A friend
Amei

Wambui Kairi's picture

More on India

Dear AMei,

Thank you for affirming me. Don't we all need it. If you have an interest and know more on India, we shall surely connect. I have soooo many unanswered questions e.g. how can a country claim the title of among the fastest developing economy a sky rocketing GDP when it has millions of citizens crippled by malnutrition and with identities like 'untouchable' that defy any biological or anatomic logic, a community that enslaves and kills its women and girl children with impunity in this day and age. Lets talk friend

Wambui Kairi
Anthill Consultants

Wambui Kairi

sunita.basnet's picture

All the best

Dear Wambui,

I like the way you connect your life with the use of this wonderful plateform. Your interprestation is really powerful. Keep writing, one day the world will hear your voice. All the best with you VOF 2010 application.

Best Wishes
Sunita
VOF Correspondent 2009

With Love and Regards
Sunita Basnet

Wambui Kairi's picture

A long way from home

Dear Sunita,

You have come along way way from home in Nepal to Chittangong. You seem to have your vision intact and marching towards its horizon. I wish to be associated with women like you who are on the move and are willing to bring others along. Thank you for encouragement and lets talk.

In solidarity

Wambui Kairi
Anthill Consultants

Wambui Kairi

Leelee's picture

I enjoyed reading your peace.

I enjoyed reading your peace. As someone else said, loved your interpretation and the use of metaphor. I have many friends in India and I hope to visit some day soon! Perhaps have a starring role in a Bollywood film :) Looking forward to seeing you on here!

'Harlem: A Dream Deferred' - Langston Hughes
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
Like a syrupy sweet?

Wambui Kairi's picture

No Drying up No Stinking Rotten

Dear LeeLee,

Hi Lee. You know what I just love this Pulsewire community already. First article in the journal and am in for positive challenge. You have just done it the Langston words. For a long time I have dreamed of writing something .. an article, a commentary, a book whose title I have long decided. All these have just been dreams differed out of fear and procrastination. Is this where I start my journey towards making the dream run and cruster and sugar over ? With the likes of you it seems just possible. Thanks for the encouragement.

In solidarity

Wambui Kairi
Anthill Consultants

Wambui Kairi

antoniamichaela's picture

Wow!

Hi Wambui,

What an amazingly written piece! You have a beautiful way with words; very poetic and evocative. I agree with you: the web, and particularly World Pulse, are amazing forums for women to connect without stereotypes, hierarchies, and prejudices... the baggages that constrain us so often. Interesting that you say that you have started to critically question your values and vision for the future of women.... I would love to know why, and how, and what new visions and values you are forming?...

take care, and peace, antonia

Vega Tom's picture

Interesting connection of pulses

Hi Wambui - I really liked your description of the different Pulses and how they came together. I would love to know more about what of your experiences in India had such an impact. Beautiful metaphor and imagery. Very inspiring!

Asante sana!

Vega Tom

CoachMarcie's picture

What a voice

I love the way you told your story for you first assignment. I was left looking forward to your next piece. You have a beautiful voice that spoke to me. I'm so glad you found an outlet to speak and be heard.

Best,
Marcie

Best,
Marcie

Wambui Kairi's picture

Encouraging

Dear Coach,

Hi Coach and thanks for boosting my morale. I hope you have had a chance to view my three other pieces and love your comments all the time. Critics are also welcome so that I could improve.
Cheers!

Wambui

Wambui Kairi

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