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My Voice Amplified, My Pen Sharpened, My Beauty displayed!

In my life I have never planned on being anything less than what I am capable of being, this has lead me to find more strength in my inner power to speak for myself and represent people around me for whatever cause that needed justice or change. Putting it in the words of Helen Keller (an hearing and visually impaired American author, activist and lecturer), she said:
‘The most pathetic person in the world is the person who has their sight but no vision’.

With such a challenge, I wake up daily hoping for a better and positive change in my society guided by a vision I believe in so strongly; ‘Mindset transformation ‘. I believe that when one’s mind is transformed the rest is history, there is no telling of greater thing such an individual can do. Hence my personal vision is; “My country men’s mindset transformation”, which has its focus on women, youth and children.

I believe whatever we think in secret shall always come to pass in the open ,for our surrounding environment is but our looking glasses, hence if we don’t like what we see in the outside we must start looking at the cause, that is the inside and come up with ways to fix the same. And that is what I wake up daily to do, to help influence people make the right and wise decisions, decisions that will help affect the world positively.

My journey towards Worldpulse was actually introduced to me by a friend, who after knowing my passion for years, recommended that I visit the site and see if I would like to become the Voice of the Future. The first time I encountered the site I couldn’t believe how possible was it that I was unaware of the existence of such wealthy of knowledge and a remarkable learning centre. Worldpulse to me is a beautiful total sum of a woman’s freedom of expression, a growing ground and a site that serves as a battlefield where our global voices are listened to and being heard.

You have to understand my excitement given the circumstances that where I come from, the level of technology is not very high; education and book are expensive, also important and relevant information scarcer. Though these circumstances have never seized my determination to make a change and affect my vision, I must confess it hasn’t been easy, however I keep walking. Now with me being introduced to this site, to take part in being the voice of today and the future, I can boldly say that; circumstances, a person makes them and circumstances don’t make a person, and I am here to participate create better circumstances for women across the globe!

With Worldpulse ; I know I will blog it; they will voice it and no one will block it. I feel empowered, my eyes have chosen to share the sight of my inner beauty- displayed for many to benefit, I see my voice amplified and my pen sharpened to the levels I had never imagined possible!


sahar's picture

Well done!

It is great to have a vision empowered by sight to place change in the world that we live in through our sharing and caring to others. I wish you all the best in your magnificent journey !


Sahar Nuraddin

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

abella's picture


Thank you very much Sahar,

As women we are personally responsible to activate the MDG goal 3, Promote gender equallity and empower women,and even more. And I choose to use what I have to make this possible.

I am because we are :-)

aimeeknight's picture

I like this! ....With

I like this! ....With Worldpulse ; I know I will blog it; they will voice it and no one will block it. I feel empowered, my eyes have chosen to share the sight of my inner beauty- displayed for many to benefit, I see my voice amplified and my pen sharpened to the levels I had never imagined possible! so perfectly worded the sentiments shared by so many here. Thank you!

"One shoe can change a life" ~ Cinderella

abella's picture

Thank you

Hi Aimee,

Thank you very much, my hope is to see the realization of the same, untill then i will not rest.

I am because we are :-)

Jacky Kowa's picture

What is expressed with no

What is expressed with no conviction is indeed beautiful? pen sharpened...I like!



abella's picture


Thank you Jacky,

I believe if we use all we've got, our talents,skills and competences, that is, we will reach many life and impact them positively.

Let all aim higher!

I am because we are :-)

SLaw's picture

Well Said!

Abella, thank you for joining your voice to the chorus of women's voices on PulseWire :) I enjoyed reading this piece, and I especially like your metaphor of a "battlefield" in this sentence: Worldpulse to me is a beautiful total sum of a woman’s freedom of expression, a growing ground and a site that serves as a battlefield where our global voices are listened to and being heard.

Is it not incredible to think how powerful our words are? How battles can be won with words where swords have failed?

Wish you the best!

abella's picture

Thank you!

Hi dear,

You know once we consider this a battle we will be prepare and know this is no joke,if we want to achieve anything at all we need to mean all that we want to do, and do it the best way we know how, to the climax of our determination that is.

Thank you.

I am because we are :-)

SLaw's picture


I love your joyous smile in the profile picture :)

abella's picture



I am because we are :-)

alia's picture

well done Bella i love it :)

well done Abella i love it :)

abella's picture


Thank you Alia.

I am because we are :-)

Sarvina's picture

Nice post

I enjoy reading your article.


Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

abella's picture


Thank you Sarvina,

Hope its also an encouragement to want to do something to bring change in your community.

Best of luck in all you do.

I am because we are :-)

sallysmithr's picture

Love your passion

I enjoyed reading your story and your passion just oozed from it:) The last paragraph says it all! I love it.

Thanks so much,


abella's picture

Thank you :-)

Hi Sally,

Thank you for appreciating my writing, It is true, I am quite passionate in whatever i choose to do, i put all my heart and my mind there.

I am happy you love it.


I am because we are :-)

ruth_terry's picture

Listener Feedback

Hi Abella,

I am a Listener for this assignment.

You have a very strong, powerful voice. When I read this a few nights ago, you reminded me of a lioness, or a general calling her troops to war!

Tonight I listened to the BBC live radio coverage of the miner recovery in Chile. They described the man who became the miners' "leader" while they were underground, and how he demonstrated determination, discipline, and optimism for the 69 days they were underground.

I think your writing shows that you possess this same spirit. This makes me want to hear more about your personal vision. I would like to know more about the issues that women in Tanzania face, and what changing men's mindsets will do to improve things for women.


P.S. I just read your profile. I can TOTALLY see you being an excellent lawyer and motivational speaker. After reading your article, I was definitely motivated!!! ;-)

"A writer’s job is to tell stories that connect readers to all the people on earth... Passionate and well-articulated ideas can and do change the world." ~~Mary Pipher

abella's picture

Thank you!

Hi Ruth,

Quite humbling to hear such comment from you, I feel appreciated beyond and encouraged even more to write and write.

You know on the issue of women in my country: My Nation has 136 tribes in total, and women face various strugles as per tradition differences and it just happen this time this isssue has raised more than the other but it is quite dificulty to know excatly which one is the worse hence deserve more coverege that the rest.

For example; there are some tribe where they allow what we call 'nyumba ndogo'- meaning small houses, i.e a husband is allowed to have a wife and yet have 'a side dish' as is commonly known here(just imagine the chances of HIV infections), also there are some tribe where a woman is to be inherited once her husband dies by the Husband's brother wether she likes it or not, and then there are thise tribes where it's a pride for a woman to be biten by a husband, incase they dont get biten for sometimes they feel like the husband does not like them anymore.Also there is a tribe that kills old women with red eyes because they are linked to whichcrafty, then there are coastal tribe than encourages girls only to live to please a man and that their value is only found it in. Then there is my tribe where men are allow by our traditions to cary any woman they like back to their houses after certain festival ceremonies and then if the woman sleeps in that man's house they are deemed to be married and not allowed to go home.

The list goes on and on and hence my comfusion of what to cover first; plus now on issues of women empowerment to participate on political issues, women with disabilities and their position also widow and their right to enheritance ..hence my confusion and i think i need a guide on how to go about all these.

Though must i also appreciate the growth of woman value recognition in my country, many things have changed though it not in all area of the country, the rular areas tends to be forgoten completely and most time woman empowerment has its best focus on the urban woman while the vilage woman is forgoten

Hope to hear more from you and perhaps get more insights.

Again, truly insipiring to hear from you and receive such feedback.

I am because we are :-)

abella's picture

Thank you.

This is to everyone who has commented in this have trully encouraged me.

Thank you.

I am because we are :-)

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