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My Story

My story began 26 years ago when my father took my brother and I to pre-primary school. I was then aged 5 years. From this date, my father provided me equal opportunities – just like my brother – in my schooling. He would buy text books and stationery in pairs. He was there to help me with my homework. I knew not of any differences between my brother and I – save that he was male and I was female. And this made me compete with him throughout my primary school. I later joined a girls’ national school, hundreds of miles away from my hometown, for my secondary education. And my father supported me through this four-year journey. He was always there for a parents-visiting day that came once in three months. This support gave me the courage to read hard and the hope that I could succeed. And so I did. I joined Law School two years later; got admitted to the Bar a few years after that; and I just finished my Master Degree in Laws in one of US prestigious university a year ago. I now work as an independent Legal and Development Consultant in Kenya.

My background informs the passion I have for women and girls of my community. I consider myself very lucky to have gone up to university. Many girls in my Muslim Swahili community found in the Coast of Kenya end their education at primary level. A handful of those that make it to secondary level join tertiary schools. And this is a tendency replicated in most parts of the country. Early marriages, unwanted pregnancies, poverty, preference of male to female education are some of the reasons that make girls discontinue their schooling. And so hopelessness, recycled poverty, gender-based violence, inadequate sense of the future and the world engulf these girls who are the women of tomorrow. My heart bleeds when I see loss in the eyes of young mothers – sometimes already divorced. And it pains more because I am one of them – by sex among other reasons. I, therefore, envision setting up a girls’ leadership academy in my hometown. The academy – akin to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa – will mould girls from across the country into finding their voices.

Having more girls and women who can make informed and independent decisions about their lives is what this world needs. The world needs strong, brave and courageous women who live their lives to the fullest. Such a world is poised for sustainable development. So as I amass resources to make this grand idea into fruition, I continue to exercise my voice. And one way is to share the correct position on Muslim women with the rest of the world through Web 2.0. That is why I applied for the Voices of our Future. I want to learn just how to create that great informational blog.

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Noriah Ismail's picture

Indeed a Strong and Courageous Woman

You are indeed a strong, courageous woman!

May your ambition to set up girls' Leadership Academy becomes a reality.

Maybe your success is given by God for you to help and lead the unfortunate others.

May God bless you and all the courageous women who strive for change!

Noriah Ismail

Dr.Noriah Ismail
Senior Lecturer
Academy of Language Studies
UiTM Segamat Johor
Malaysia

mozajadeed's picture

Thanks Noriah. I appreciate

Thanks Noriah. I appreciate your kind words. Are you part of the Voices of Our Applicants?

AmyM's picture

Your courage and vision are inspiring!

Hi Mozajadeed,

Great job on this assignment. Your personal story shows that you've always been very aware of how lucky you were to have a supportive father who helped you escape the fate of so many women in your community. Now you have a clear vision of how you can help other women in your community succeed. Congratulations for dreaming big and for sharing your personal vision with us.

All the best,

Amy

mozajadeed's picture

Thanks Amy for your kind

Thanks Amy for your kind words.

jap21's picture

Hi Mozajadeed

I wish all fathers were like yours. I know you will help the world become a better with better families. Go on girl!

Hugs,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

jap21's picture

Hi Mozajadeed

I wish all fathers were like yours. I know you will help the world become a better with better families. Go on girl!

Hugs,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

mozajadeed's picture

Thanks Jackie. He is a rare

Thanks Jackie. He is a rare gem. And yes, I will try and become a good mother.

Best.

Moza.

mozajadeed's picture

Thanks Jackie. Yes, he is

Thanks Jackie. Yes, he is rare. All the same, I would be a good mother. I will give my children - male and female - equal opportunities.

Tell me about yourself.

Best.

jbaljko's picture

Your story

Hi
Nice job on this assignment. It's a well-written post with a clear vision. I was touched by your father's support and encouragement; he is a great role model for many other men. Your idea of creating a leadership school reflects the pioneering spirit that comes through in your writing. Please keep posting. I would love to hear how this takes shape.

Jenn

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

mozajadeed's picture

Thanks Jenn. Indeed, I would

Thanks Jenn. Indeed, I would keep posting. World Pulse has rekindled my voice through the assignments and chatting with others. I'll do it often.

Best.

Moza

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