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Voice of a Woman for Women

Social values and norms are made to make people disciplined and to make their living standard better. But in our society some of the traditional beliefs and cultures are making people's life hard and difficult. In most of the parts of Nepal, the girls still excluded from education.

Beside that girls are more confined to house work than outside. Because of this parents often belief that education is not necessary for them, and they think that they should be perfect on managing house work only. Since I am working in NGO which broadcast different awareness radio programs, among them Saathi Sanga Manka Kura (Chatting with my Best friends) and Samajhdari covers the issues like teenage problems and violence against women respectively. Many audience responses are received through letters, emails and SMS. It is my responsibility to do the database management these responses and to prepare analysis report. While going through these responses it is quite painful that some female listeners despite their willingness have to discontinue their study due to some social cause as stated above. Even some listeners complain that their brothers are admitted at good boarding school whereas they are admitted to local school. Stories of such discrimination are countless in our database.

People at urban region are gradually realizing the importance of girls' education; however the people at rural community are still stuck to their misconception. So it is our duty to aware these people on the importance of education to their daughters. They further should understand "educating a woman means educating a family".

These days some women have enrolled themselves in adult literacy classes, which I must say is a great start. In such classes I desire to include basic computer course that will include how to use computer, how to use Internet, how to get access to information, how to email. Even we can mobilize some educated girls and women of the same community willing to do volunteer work. Although it is an ambitious plan, I am quite sure when women get used to it, they would find it as the best place to share their feeling, problem and to find the appropriate solution. My aunt who is not educated learnt to use computer to communicate with her son and daughter who are abroad, now she is regularly using Internet without anyone support. She used to share with me how she chatted with my cousins and how she emailed and how she uploaded and downloaded the photos. I really feel proud of her.

Small start can make big difference. If we can include importance of computer in adult literacy class as well communicate this message through radio program, the computer application such as PulseWire can gather many voices of rural communities. If I am not too ambitious in my plan, there would be dual benefit for women "women uniting for disseminating their voice through Internet ".

Comments

olutosin's picture

Small start

At first I was afraid to start small but today I am happy that I have started.......Small start can make a difference it can even change the whole world, if one billion changemaker start small at the same time do you know what the world will turn to in a twinkle of an eye.
Thanks for this post.

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

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sajani's picture

Hi Olutosin

Happy to get your comment and you really did great job. I am interested to know about your start, would you please let us know so that we could get some inspiration from your story.

Regards,

Sajani

judyschiller's picture

Inspirational!

Dear Sajani,
Thank you for sharing your challenges and also your successes (e.g., your aunt). In the United States, I think most of us often take for granted that girls can study the same things and at the same places as boys, so your story is a somewhat painful reality to read about, but it's important that we hear what you are facing.

Do you plan on working with the literacy programs to try to incorporate computer classes? Are you talking about Pulsewire on your radio show? That would be GREAT if you do. Keep us updated, and keep up the great work!

All the best,
Judy

sajani's picture

Hi Judy

Dear Judy,
I am really happy to have your comment. Exactly I have planned to work with the literacy program and I have presented my future plan in my fourth assignment. Please have a look and if you have any suggestion please let me know.

Thank you again,
Sajani

sarahgustavus's picture

Radio and Online

Sajani,

Thank you for your essay. I like the examples of stories you hear at work and your aunt's experience learning to use the internet. It sounds like there are some big cultural changes happening in Nepal right now. I also work in radio and believe it is a powerful tool for storytelling.

I would like to hear more about your vision for combining the information in radio programs with online training. Have you seen any programs that are successful right now? Do you promote internet training in the radio programs? What is different about being part of an online community like World Pulse that's different from listening or participating in local radio programs?

I look forward to hearing more from you!

Best,
Sarah

sajani's picture

Hi Sarah

Dear Sarah,

Thank you for your response. We have radio program Kamka Kura Radio program, a targeted program for youngsters who are seeking for better opportunity to grow their career. In that radio program, there is English teaching session an approach by British Council. So in future we could also introduce segments- "How to use Internet?". If you have any better suggestion please let me know.

Regards,
Sajani

cbenkov's picture

new technologies

Hi Sajani,

It's inspiring to hear about your aunt. I agree, even those who are of older generations can start to learn how to use the computer, internet, and text messages. It's easy once you start, but maybe seems intimidating at first. I hope more older women continue to push themselves to learn about these technologies and allow themselves to communicate with their children and others.

best wishes,
carly

sajani's picture

Hello Carly

Dear Carly,

I am so glad that you found my journal inspiring. Most of us hesitate to start with new technology so as you said once we get familiar to it and understand its use , we get used to it and it would be no longer harder to handle. So it is all about being aware.

Regards,

Sajani

Carri Pence's picture

I love how women are defining

I love how women are defining themselves through their passion and hard work, rather than letting society to decide their fate. Your ability, passion, and desire to provide women the tools they need to challenge what was dealt to them, and not to be a housewife but a independent person is beautiful. I hope you are proud of all your hard work because I am.

-Carri Pence

sajani's picture

Hello Carri

Thank you so much. We all should be proud of being a Woman.

Regards,
Sajani

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