Pulsewire → VOF → my vision
The first day I arrived in Bangladesh – that’s from where my journey to Worldpulse began. With a gracious and smiling face, Sunita Basnet, my senior at Asian University for Women, came to where I was sitting in the computer lab. “Sister, have to look at this,” she showed me Worldpulse and helped me to create an account on it. Being completely unfamiliar with such websites before, I could not get anything out of Worldpulse at that time. I read some of Sunita’s writings, but still could not find how to move. My journey then literally stopped until an announcement for ‘My Story 2009’ came to my inbox. It was quite motivating, and I wrote a story. From the comments I got from other Worldpulse friends and making friends online, I got some idea about what to write and what actually the Worldpulse is all about.
Along the way came ‘Voices of Our Future.’ This program fascinated me with its motive of training women in using technology for communicating with people around the world and to increase women participation in global media. I have never dreamed myself of being a journalist, but writing is the only process for me to express the dissatisfaction deeply rooted in my heart, which are created due to caste, race, and class distinction, and also the gender discrimination in my society. Even though I am not interested in journalism (which fortunately is not only the motive of VOF), I want to learn to communicate globally, and be empowered. I want to join my hand to modify the status of woman identity simply because I have a feminine identity, and I am living in this society with this identity. In addition, as we have learned in the first week lesson, “women hold just 17% of global decision-making positions” (United Nations), it drives me more to do something (I don’t know what that something is right now) that I can do to help to uplift women’s status. I envision this percentage will be increased sooner, so I want to contribute to this now by writing about the condition of where I live, mostly focusing on women and about my experiences, and also by communicating with people worldwide.
Pulsewire has helped me to understand my identity as a woman – not just a woman who is shy, sensitive and fragile, but also a woman who is strong enough to raise the voice for her rights if needed. Also, I have learned to be proud that I am a woman, and make me feel that ‘I’ am responsible to protecting this identity – every woman is responsible for this because wherever we go, our identity as women remains alive. In addition, I don’t want to loose any opportunity in whichever field I go in the future; I don’t want to let my identity as woman become a barrier to any decision I might take later, either it comes to marriage or study abroad. VOF is definitely very helpful to fulfill my vision!