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Changing the mindset of women

Mine is a Patriarchal society, thus the cultural and social background of most women have influenced their mindset to that of second class beings, subjects and mediocre, which is worsened by poverty, both academically and financially. These are the challenges and barriers to creating change in my community.
All forms of violence against women thrive in my community because the women look down on themselves and see themselves as no match to their male counterparts.
As part of the solutions to overcoming this mindset, I have decided to be a motivator to the women. My motto is “Pursue with Passion, be persistent, don’t give in or give up”. I use my story as a testimony. I am a medical doctor today because I persisted, I did not give up, despite all odds, I pursued my vision with a passion, and God gave me my heart’s desire. Whenever an opportunity presents itself, either as an invitee or a convener at women gatherings, in the church, villages, seminars, marriages, child dedications and medical outreach programs, I don’t hesitate to speak to the women with the aim of changing their mindset. I also encourage my friends who are of like minds to mine, to encourage our women folk whenever they have the opportunity. We all use our personal stories as examples.
For financial empowerment, I encourage women to start money making ventures, even if it’s as small as groundnut selling by the roadside. I also encourage them to form cooperative groups, so that they can access micro-credits loans from the government.
I see these challenges as common to most sub-Saharan African Nations, if not the entire developing nations of the world. Therefore I foresee using Pulse wire to tap ideas from other members who have working projects/programs that have succeeded in changing the mindset of women in their communities, and have achieved academic and/or financial empowerment for the women.

Comments

giftypearl.abenaab's picture

Great!

Hello!,
Thank you sharing this with us the situation of women in your community and what you are doing to bring change. You are strong and powerful.

You are doing a great job to empower women Psychologically and financially in your community. You leave me yearning for more of your stories about yourself and the women you speak to.

Your motto ''Pursue with Passion, be persistent, don’t give in or give up” is powerful and empowering.

Keep sharing your vision on Pulsewire. What about telling us more how Pulsewire and VOF fits in your vision and action for change and empowerment in your posts?

Good Luck!

Gifty Pearl Abenaab
Founder
Greight Foundation
www.greightfoundation.org

Uwemedimbuk Ekanem's picture

Thanks Gifty for your

Thanks Gifty for your comments, sorry I tried to reply a day after you posted it, but after typing, something went wrong and I lost the typed text.
Well I hope to tap ideas of working projects from other members of the community on how to empower girls and women by changing their mindset, I thought I presented this in the last paragragh of my write up, maybe I said it in my mind without passing the message.
Thanks all the same. From your profile, I think I can learn from your success.
God bless.
Uwem

Myrthe's picture

Dear Uwemedimbuk, Thank you

Dear Uwemedimbuk,

Thank you so much for sharing your ideas! I like how you act as a motivator and role-model and work to encourage women in your immediate surroundings. I think such one-on-one communication and accessible role-models (I mean women who are not celebrities or far-away people, but women who are friends, colleagues, relatives, someone known on a personal level) are so important in empowering women and convincing women of their own worth and possibilities.

I would have loved to hear more about how you would use PulseWire and the Voices of the Future program in your work to empower women.

I wish you all the best in your efforts, you are doing an important job!

Myrthe

Uwemedimbuk Ekanem's picture

Thanks Myrthe, I thought I

Thanks Myrthe, I thought I stated this, but from comments, it's obvious that I did not pass the message effectively.
I hope to tap ideas from other members of the Pulse wire community that have working projects similar to mine- motivating and empowering girls and women. I know some members will also tap ideas from my/our stories from here.
Thanks for your comments.
Uwem.

limab's picture

wonderful motto

I really enjoyed your motto for the women you work with. It truly is a universal concept.

Uwemedimbuk Ekanem's picture

Thanks Limab, I am

Thanks Limab, I am encouraged.

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