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MY JOURNEY TO PULSE WORLD

My story is of young girl who graduated with a Mass communication degree from the University of Nigeria Nsukka and had gone on to do National Youth Service in the Northern part of the my country Nigeria but was amazed at how women in these area suffer greatly as a result of the patriarchal system in existence in the area.
I discovered that women in this area suffer a wide range of Gender Based Violence from early marriage, Polygamous marriage, VVF, Genital Mutilation to economic dependence etc. I was troubled on how people are being subjected to what I will describe as slavery and thus I started to seek ways to which I can help improve the live on these women in my own little way.
I started attending conferences and certificate courses that are gender related and Post Graduate Diploma in Gender Studies to learn on how best to improve the lives of these women in the northern part of my country first and women generally in my country, I started on this line because I had no professional experience so my best option is to tap from those who had experience such in their communities and were able to overcome the dilemma through these conferences and courses. It was in the process that I discovered THE WORLD PULSE through the UNIFEM of which I joined as a member since 2009.
Through the World Pulse, I have met amazing women with whom I have shared and exchanged very rewarding ideas and experience. Through this amazing community of women, I am able to take back to my community what ever experience I gain.
When the Voice of Our Future opportunity came out, I was properly motivated to be part of it by applying because it will offer me a wider opportunity to connect with more amazing women from different parts of the world with whom we can discuss on issues affecting women globally and equip me to lend my voice to the fight for gender equality.
This journey fits in to my personal vision of improving with the lives of women living in the northern part of my country Nigeria, to empower women to be economic independent, to educate them on their human rights of which I am trying to achieve through my present job as the gender officer in the organization I work with.
My personal vision of contributing to achieve a balanced society that is will be gender bias free, a society where gender will to not be a barrier to achieve one’s aim, a community where there is equal right to opportunities.

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William62's picture

MY JOURNEY TO PULSE WORLD

Iphie - your story and vision is impressive, showing that you are self-motivated, have sound judgement and understand the importance of building a strong network. I want to encourage you to continue working to achieve your goals.

Have you read the statement of your government during the global UN Summit in New York last week. Download the statement by following this link http://www.un.org/en/mdg/summit2010/debate/22092010.shtml

Fully achieving the Millennium Development Goal Promise by 2015 in your country will take your time and efforts working with like minded people within your network.

Sarah Diop's picture

Strong

Iphie,

Your piece is strong and inspirational. it clearly demonstrates your passion, your goals and your leadership. I believe through your words and actions you will create much change. I support your efforts and look forward to seeing ways I can and other women of World pulse can aid you and the women of Northern Nigeria.

Wishing you many Blessings,

Sarah

bougeotte's picture

Greetings from a Listener

Iphie,
My name is Terri and I am one of the voices of the future listeners. I am here to aid you on your journey as a voice of the future. Overall, your story is inspiring and clearly presents your goals as a voice of the future. One part I did not understand is VVF. I had to stop reading your article and look it up. Thus my first suggestion is to be wary of using acronyms in an article unless you have described what the letters stand for. I am assuming that VVF means Vesicovaginal fistula. Also when using medical terminology, a brief description of the condition is useful. I would also have liked to learn more about your work with the women of Northern Nigeria. A brief story highlighting the slavery or VVF would have made your piece all the more riveting.
Overall, your work is excellent and I look forward to your progress as a writer and activist.
All my best,
Terri

Iphie's picture

Hi Terri, Thanks for your

Hi Terri,

Thanks for your observation, i appreciate it. yes VVF mena Vesico vaginal fistula. it is a medical condition most women suffer from as a reslut of early child bearing , i was not able to explain my work with women because i was restricted to 500 in the writing. what we do in my organization is basically creating and organizing women empowerment programs as ways of acheiving gender equality.

please feel free to ask me further questions and contributions on my write ups.

Thank You,

Iphie

Iphie

bougeotte's picture

Hi again Kendra

I know 500 words seems restrictive, but at times it is nice to be limited. You did have room for around 75 more words, which would have allowed for a brief description. However, that is a minor detail. Overall, the work was strong and interesting to read. I would love to learn more about your organization. I am very involved in gender issues and am well aware of the problems in childbirth for women. I knew about fistula, but had not seen VVF before. I applaud your endeavors and am here to be a sister in support.
All my best,
Terri

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