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Against all odds!

I am a young woman,who could soon be a mother and a wife and in order for me to accomplish a clean slate of womanhood I need a network as powerful as Voices of Our Future.This very same network provides us with tools that can help all of us build a fortress against womens plights and frustrations.

It is indeed very difficult to be a woman in today’s society,but with the right people by your side supporting you all the way,you can do anything.

Me joining this group came from deep within me,in which I wanted to give women less fortunate than I am a voice and have them heard.Being forced to do and say somethings is not any human’s way of life,especially women who are mothers of the nation.

In this network,I’ve found brave and determine women who are willing to stand up for what they truly believe in,and I too am just like that.

I will not stand by and watch a woman like me be forced into being something she’s not,so it is with privilege and duty that I utilize a network like this one to put women first and help each one of them to stand firm in the quest of being what they all ought to be.

We are birds of the same feather and we must flock together-Sisters for life!

Comments

NyamburaFoley's picture

Laurika

I wish you all the wisdom that goes with being a wife and a mother.

Warm regards,

Nyambura.

Laurika's picture

Thank you!

As they would say in KiSwahili-''Asante sana!'' (''thank you very much!'')

nilima's picture

Dear Laurika

We all are together in the great mission of the women empowerment, lets hold each others hand for the same!

Lets make our womanhood beautiful by sharing it with all!

with love:)

Laurika's picture

Indeed.

Said it like a true woman!

nilima's picture

:)

:)

sahar's picture

with all difficulties , we shape our life

I like the way you defined yourself as soon to be a mother and a wife .However , it is not only that . Still you are a community person who ought to change and act .

Sincerely

Sahar Nuraddin

follow me @snuraddin
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"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."
- Helen Keller

Laurika's picture

I agree.

I agree that your community is your stepping stone to understanding the world and its people,and goes the old saying that ''charity begins at home''.

Linda M. Ando's picture

I am Woman, Hear Me ROAR!

Dear Laurika,

Thank you for your passion and determination to live life "authentically" and to empower others to be true to who they are and not defined by the expectations of society. Yes, it is important for us all to have trusted mentors in our lives, as we are a work in progress. VOF is a valuable network of women of all ages, life experiences and cultural backgrounds to provide you insight and support. I look forward to reading your stories and cheering you on as you advocate for women rights.

As I read your words, I thought of Helen Reddy's song, "I AM WOMAN, HEAR ME ROAR" and I appreciate your honesty and determination. With Gratitude, Linda Ando

( Lyrics by Helen Reddy and Ray Burton)
I am woman, hear me roar
In numbers too big to ignore
And I know too much to go back an' pretend
'Cause I've heard it all before
And I've been down there on the floor
No one's ever gonna keep me down again

Oh yes, I am wise
But it's wisdom born of pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to
I can do anything
I am strong (strong)
I am invincible (invincible)
I am woman

You can bend but never break me
'Cause it only serves to make me
More determined to achieve my final goal
And I come back even stronger
Not a novice any longer
'Cause you've deepened the conviction in my soul

Oh, yes, I am wise
But it's wisdom born of pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to
I can face anything
I am strong (strong)
I am invincible (invincible)
I am woman

I am woman watch me grow
See me standing toe to toe
As I spread my lovin' arms across the land
But I'm still an embryo
With a long, long way to go
Until I make my brother understand

Oh, yes, I am wise
But it's wisdom born of pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to
I can face anything
I am strong (strong)
I am invincible (invincible)
I am woman

Oh, I am woman
I am invincible
I am strong

I am woman
I am invincible
I am strong
I am woman

With Gratitude,

Linda M. Ando

Laurika's picture

True.

We are all cut from the same cloth!

jbaljko's picture

Taking a stand

Hi Laurika,
Your sentiment about flocking together is true... in fact, it's a fundamental stepping stone if we are to collectively - and effectively - encourage change. Leveraging a network like VOF and WorldPulse is certainly a way to do that. I'm curious to learn more about what kind of injustice you're seeing in South Africa, how that is shifting, and what kinds of grassroots initiatives are being launched to put more power in the hands of women. As an American living in Europe but traveling frequently to different places around the world, I'm always looking for details about cities/countries that escape headlines in the mainstream media. Looking forward to reading more about what you're experiencing in your corner of the world.
Jenn

"The secret of happiness is freedom,
and the secret of freedom, courage."
-Thucydides, ancient Greek historian & author

Laurika's picture

S.A

Hi Jenn!

Well,South Africa in a nutshell is just a mixed country,somethings are being mixed with the wrong things,and that creates a lot of injustice.

We can also call it the USA (United States of Africa);or the melting pot of nations-coming to our country,and there's no nationality that you will not get.

jbaljko's picture

Thanks

Keep plugging away... looking forward to reading more of your posts.

"The secret of happiness is freedom,
and the secret of freedom, courage."
-Thucydides, ancient Greek historian & author

sarahgustavus's picture

Reaching Out to Other Women

Laurika,

I like your ideas about standing up for women and making sure their voices are heard. We do indeed need to stand together in the support of women in many different situations.Also, I would like to hear some more specific ways that you want to support other women in the WorldPulse community. This essay really shows your desire to encourage women who are less certain of their own voice, but what do you see yourself doing to accomplish that goal right now?

I look forward to hearing more from you.

Best,
Sarah

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