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Women are we toys? From where I stand certainly no

We were born women, that is God’s will and accepted. What kind of women should we be then, the choice is mine, the choice is yours, the choice is ours. Look at my choice and then let’s decide to stop being toys for men. I have studied to the level of an M.A degree, but all efforts to have a government job were seemingly unsuccessful, asked me why, because I did not submitted myself as a toy for men in exchange of a government job. Years back when I just had my first degree, I started seeking for a job, in the process I met with other ladies who were also job seekers , we all shared this experience where directors always want to have sex in the process before offering a job. I told myself that I rather remain jobless than to submit to that kind of condition and I stood my grounds, i did not have sex but I had a job. As you might want to know, am also the coordinator of Hope for Youth Network association and the gospel of “women stand your grounds” is what I preach to young girls who are seeking jobs.

In time past, the place of a women was reserve for the kitchen; girl children were not send to school; women were not given post of responsible in the government or were they part of policy making; a girl child could not succeed the father, or own property, women were not allow to speak when men were around, we can go on and on. This stigma has stopped many women from public speaking especially the grassroot women. With all this, when am connected to internet I always search for what women associations do in the world so that I can copy and pass on the knowledge to empower the young girls that we are dealing with in our association, one day I came across world pulse web site but I was reluctant to read further because I thought it was only for professional journalists. Recently a kabissa member posted the call for VOF application to me, and I said this world pulse I had come across this organization once let me take time to see what is there, behold the content was rich and I just said “this is space for freedom of speech for women”

I thought by applying for VOF programme , I will connect to many women and we will share experience on global issues and if I happen to be part of the thirty, I will be greatly empowered and because citizen journalism is not popular in my country, I will partner with the ministry of women’s empowerment and we will do great things for women in Cameroon.

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Leina's picture

Leeny I admire your

Leeny I admire your determination.The women of Cameroon and the world at large need the spur in you.I love you sister

leenny's picture

thanks for appreciation

Leina, thanks for the time you took off to read and respond immediate, i also encourage you in the you are doing hope we will meet online one day to chat better.
God bless u

Kathleen Abood's picture

Women and Global Issues

When women are finally able to reveal how often their sacred dignity is betrayed within their cultures, we will be able to change that entire dynamic. Your strength to defy the "status quo" and refuse to compromise your dignity for employment starts a change within you and your entire community. Now your work is a model for other women, in your region and around the world. NO. We are not toys.

Kathleen Abood

leenny's picture

Be strong as well

Hello Kathleen, thanks for supporting this fight by pronouncing a big NO, this shows that we are in agreement and we hope that the fight should really spread so that our dignity will be maintain God bless you my sister
Best regards

Evelyne

jbaljko's picture

You're right - we're not toys!

Hi,
As Kathleen noted previously, the strength and courage you show to live with integrity, dignity and self-assurance that you are doing the right thing is admirable. I'm certain the work you do with the Hope for Youth organization and the way you express your intentions is noticed and appreciated by many women, particularly those on the sidelines who cannot yet put words around their own encounters. I would like to learn more about the challenges you face, and how things are turning around on the community level. I support your effort in creating a space where women - in Cameroon, and elsewhere - can speak freely. We can go much further when we together raise our voices.
Jenn

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

Hey Jenn,
kowning that someone like you wishes to know about my challenges makes me more than happy. Amangst the lot of challenges hovering, illiteracy and lack of awareness is the most prominent and is what is keeping most young women and girls from going about things that concerns them and even from expressing their worries in the open. Jenn there is a lot to be done in my country especially in the rural communities to education woman about their rights and to create that awareness amongst them to a stage where they will be able to speak for themselves. i count on your support for us to be able to bring this women to the forefront to speak for themselves.
Regards
Evelyne

jbaljko's picture

Came across this site...

Hi since we were talking about improving literacy, I thought I would pass along this web site I happened upon: https://www.worldreader.org/what-we-do.php. It looks like they are trying to put books (digital?) into the hands of many people in the developing world. Maybe you can send them an email and suggest a program to help women in your community. I see they have an office in Barcelona, Europe, which is where I am physically these days. I will try to go to the office within the next couple of weeks and see if I can get additional info as well.

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

leenny's picture

Thats wonderful my Dear

Hey Jenni,
thanks for the mail follow up and i must say your quotes are quite enriching. You have brought up a wonderful proposal, thanks for the website, i will go through it and see what they offer and sequently send an email in that light. while waitig to hear from you, i remain a faithful world pulse member

Regards
Evelyne Lum

jbaljko's picture

Hi Evelyne

What a task you have ahead of you. Getting literacy rates up is a fundamental step to empowering women - education puts power back into the hands of people, and gives them more stable ground to stand on when they are ready to stand up for themselves. I will keep track of your postings, and see how thing develop. - Jenn

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

vyarie's picture

Hi!

Hi Evelyne,

I just wanted to say that I admire your tenacity and dedication. You will surely be successful in the future, and a wonderful role model for other women.

I hope that you continue to share your story and connect with others through World Pulse!

Vanessa

leenny's picture

Thanks

Hey Vane,
thanks for the complement, if you wish me success my dear, then God will surely do it. we all have to appreciate the work of world pulse because it is going to do great things for women, lets just keep moving one day we will surely meet face to face to says this stories more better.thanks once more

i care
Evelyne

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