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The Hand that Rocks the Cradle … is the Hand that Rules the World

My journey into this community of women worldwide (Pulse World) was something beyond me. I never expected this because I didn’t see the need. I grew up in a family where my father cooked our food, cleaned our house and washed our clothes while my mother tended to us, seven siblings coming close one after the other. There is not much concern in my community on women, either, because I live in a society where women brush elbows with men in all walks of life. In truth, my real awakening on the urgency and importance of women empowerment really took place here at PulseWorld. As I browsed through the testimonies of my online sisters, I realized with guilt and concern how lucky I am, and for the first time, I considered with seriousness how I could possibly contribute to make this world a better place for women.

While it is true that we Filipino women resent the way our history was written, we are fully aware of the nameless and faceless courageous mothers, sisters and daughters who stood their ground and struggled hard to leave a legacy of peace and freedom our people now enjoy.

It’s really ironic that in my country each time a strongman trips over, a woman comes to the rescue, tasked to carry the torch through the darkness and clear the mess, and sworn into office through the parliament of the streets – first a widow of a presidentiable (former President Corazon Aquino), and then an orphan of a past president (former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo). Both women presidents were installed into the highest office of the land through people power revolution. In the Bible, widows and orphans get special favors of care and protection from men. In the Philippines, a diversion from the Holy Book inevitably and amazingly made immense sense.

My career path led me to the corporate world where the powers and influence of women were not questioned. Not until I joined public service through the government’s peace process did I realize how important it is to look around and see how much have been wasted in humanity because of the marginalization of women. Even then, a lot of mothers, sisters and daughters who are professionals have to leave their loved ones to work abroad as entertainers, baby-sitters, caregivers and domestic helpers, simply because employment opportunities for women are very limited and limiting. Women providers are very common in my country – and yet the economic value of their capabilities, skills, struggles and pursuits as well as their full potentials are so much underrated and overlooked.

It didn’t take me much to consider I want to be a Voices of Our Future Correspondent. I know I can contribute in some small measure in the pursuit of women empowerment worldwide, executing God’s plan into perfection – as someone who have seen and experienced how woman power works. With all the other women, I will be able to draw out my greatest potentials and join hands to seal our plural appointment with destiny. We are destined for a durable, genuine and equitable womanhood and we know together we can make it. We will learn from each other and pool ourselves into a powerful support system as we forge our steadfast commitment to women solidarity and empowerment as well as gender sensitivity. This is the initial step for the big leap to women empowerment worldwide. We will be exchanging notes and sharing experiences, news, encouragements, reasons and visions. We will be there for each other, some pulling those who are behind and beneath while others pushing those who are up and ahead and making headway. We will raise our voices loud and clear. We will get going, we will prevail, and we will succeed because we have each other.

Women power. We have it. We Live it. We must use it to bring God’s work into completion. Women have the amazing magic touch that have nurtured the male specie into heroes, kings and leaders since time immemorial. If women can deliver power to this world, we have the source of power within us. After all, the hand that rocks the cradle of the ruler is the one that rules the world!

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Claudia's picture

Simply amazing!

Emie,

I really enjoyed learning more about you, and through your perspective, about life in the Philippines. Not just for women, but also relationships between men, women, land and history. And in particular, about the distinct gender roles both of your parents played, which are less common in the United States.

May I ask, what are some of women's most recent achievements in the Philippines? I would love to hear more about this. Is there an online newspaper that individuals like myself can should read regarding news there?

In solidarity,

Claudia

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Thanks Claudia!

Hi Claudia!

Thanks a lot for the interest on the Philippine women and our relationships with our men! We do have disadvantaged women, too, but there are international and local NGO's working on their well-being and empowerment. In fact, we have a national agency that also focuses on women issues - the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women, which operates under the Office of the President. As for most recent achievements, after the 9-year term of the second woman president, Pres. Gloria Arroyo, which ended last June 2010, the new administration installed the son of the first woman president, Pres. Cory Aquino, and women members of his Cabinet, particularly the office where I work (we have a female boss) - the peace process. As well, other crucial national offices are being headed by women, i. e. Department of Justice, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Science and Technology and the Commission on Human Rights. We have also installed a lot of women as Supreme Court Justices, Senators, and House Representatives in our Legislature.

Of course, you can read online news at our websites. You may search them on the net - the most popular national papers are: The Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, and The Manila Bulletin.

Please take your time and God bless...

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

aimeeknight's picture

Oh, I love this line Emie!

Oh, I love this line Emie! "Women have the amazing magic touch that have nurtured the male specie into heroes, kings and leaders since time immemorial." This is a great essay, as every one of yours has been. I am so proud of you dear friend!

"One shoe can change a life" ~ Cinderella

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Reciprocated!

Hi Aimee! Did you know I added you to "my community" because I love the way you express your self and I'm so awe-struck when you said you have "survived comfort and complacency"? I have met a lot of single mothers who suffered and struggled the way you did and perhaps still do and yet embraced comfort and complacency as if this state is a reward! I adore women like you, whose survival is written in the souls of others - your kids, your friends, the women and children whose lives you have touched forever! There is no way of knowing if we will ever meet in person ... but I am certain our bonding here has gone beyond physical dimensions and has conquered time and distance ... all the best...

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

Darcey's picture

i LOVE that.

dear ladies, I had to drop in on your conversation as well. Aimee, I agree, I love the line that you have quoted from Emie's essay. So wonderfully put. And Emie, your reply acknowledging Aimee's statement about surviving comfort and complacency. That is just brilliant...if so many more could see that.
Thank you both for your contribution and voice, those simple lines have helped to inspire me today!!

"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality."
— John Lennon

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Wow!

Hi Darcey! This is really wonderful .. sisterly exchanges from all across the globe!!! Amazing, because we relate with each other the way sisters do ... despite absence and distance!!!! We are one soul, one voice!

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

tocssfoundation's picture

Re:

Emie your subject title will always remain the truth.
For the way the Philippine's history was written, the sun has risen again.Do you know that you and other Filipino women are re-writing the history?
Love
Temidayo

Shalom.

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Thanks a lot!

Hi Temi! Yes, of course ... we badly want to re-write history! The one we have in our history books missed a lot of accounts on the women who brought the Philippines to where it is now.... for us, our written history misses its real meaning and true value! Thanks a lot for your understanding and appreciation ... we need sympathizers from women all over the world! Humanity cannot be ruthless as to disregard women in its evolution!!!!

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

Karen Rozier's picture

Another WOW Piece

Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and your voice. I know I am better off because of it. I too am coming to grips with my potential to use my talents to heal the world and whether you know it or not, I look to you for guidance. Once again, you have exceeded my expectations just by being you.

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Thanks Sister!

Hi Karen! Thanks a lot for taking the time to see me through ... again and again... For now many of us here are like each other - coming to grips with whatever is there to hold on to, with and from each other. We know it - we are one in this nice community of women worldwide. It brings a bigger meaning, a higher value to being a woman to share with our sisters from across the globe. And all we need to do is to be what we are - to be true to our own selves. I have friends and relatives in the States ... and they share with me their own struggles, pains, triumphs and hopes in the "land of milk and honey" - so far away from home ... and that's how relationships conquer time and distance, and how bonding conquer space. That's what we have now at PulseWorld - a true bonding in the spirit. And all that we share is the truth of being sisters and the reality that we are one and the same ... blessed with the gift of being so different in some ways that we have so much to share ....

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

cheyennejm's picture

Rewritting History

Emie
I love that you acknowledge the contributions of your mothers and sisters regardless of their places in books or lessons. It is through movements like this site that all of those narratives and actions will spill out in words and pictures and we can all be amazed by how we have come to be here. It can be easy to feel written out of history and sometimes creation, but these words are illuminating our efforts and giving me focus on all that needs to be done. Thank you!

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Thanks Cheyen!

Hi sister Cheyen! Yes, you are right ... now that we are aware of the needs and the lapses, it is really a shame for us not to speak up and do something! We cannot just think about it, we have to act on it! And here at Pulse World we do not only have a community of sympathizers - we have a wonderful support system! It's amazing!

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

Amei's picture

You keep the spirit going!

Hi Emie

How was your week?

I loved reading this and it is wonderful. Just what I need for a break from my tedious tasks of the daily work. I have to do. I find writing hard and my thought all over the place if I a not careful. I enjoy reading and reflecting. You give food for my thought.

Wish you a great weekend :-)

Cheers, Amei

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Thanks Amei!

Hi sister! I'm quite fine ... but sometimes the workplace turns toxic, because I work in the national government and you know how politics sucks. We are in a transition with a new president installed, along with new national leaders. With a new administration comes new policies ... ah well ... it happens all the time! And yes, sometimes it's hard to write ... because there is so much you want to say and you just don't know where and how to start. But here at Pulse World you need only to read the writings of others and, amazingly, you are inspired to write your own ... take your time ... we are on the same boat ...

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

abella's picture

So much wisdom

Hi Emie,

As I read your piece I agree more with you that your wisdom and experiecne is needed in this community for us to learn and grow more. Wow! you guys have gone way too far as far as women empowerment is concerned, you make me want to come there, because the way i knew your country was the country of beautiful women but didnt know much of the other even more beautiful side.

You write with so much wisdom and respect to your community and also God, I am totaly insipired and would like to know more from you and what is happening in your country.

Much Blessings.

I am because we are :-)

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Cheers!

Hi Abella! Thanks a lot for the appreciation! Of course women is God's most beautiful creation of all... and, of course, we need each other here ... to learn, to grow and to inspire each other! And yes, rainbows are always beautiful! We are an amalgamation of races ... a very colorful people with diverse cultures - all because we have been colonized for over 4 centuries by nations from all corners of this big wide world! Our bloodline consist of those of Middle East Asians (aborigines coming from India after the Ice Age), the Malay race (first migrants coming from Malaysia and Indonesia), the Orient (Chinese traders and early settlers), the Europeans (Spaniards who colonized us for 370 years), the West (Americans who ruled us for 4 decades), and then the Japanese who occupied our country for over 4 years!!!!

You're welcome to my country all the time ... I do hope we have a chance to meet. There are a lot of Africans here in my country. I am sure you will love it here because we have so much in common as tropical countries ... from bananas to beautiful beaches. You may search for our tourism website at wowphilippines.com. You will see how much we share as a people! And sister, you can also find me at Facebook ... I have Olutosin and Aimee Knight there with me now ...Have a real pleasant day and God bless...

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

Sampaguita Flores's picture

Dear Emie, Upon reading your

Dear Emie,

Upon reading your piece, I gained more aware of who I am as a Filipina and the blessings that we truly are.

I am thankful and that I am inspired to continue to write by being a voice for women in our own simple way.

Many thanks,
Sampy

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Cheers!

Hi Sampy! I'm really enjoying it here! I'm having fun learning and sharing. This is really an amazing community of women! Thanks a lot for appreciation and God bless....

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

fonirenezih's picture

Great piece!

Emie,

Just to add my voice to that of other sisters, to admit that this article is full of wisdom and inspiration. Although it originates from a philippino background, the feminine experience within it, is one with which every woman can identify. Good to share with great women and great ideas!

Cheers!
Irene

FIZ

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Thanks Irene!

Hi sister! We know we can identify with each other, despite color or creed, because women have only one soul and one song ... the song of gratitude, joy and pride of womanhood! There are lots of our specie in the past whose lives are worth emulating ... the likes of Joan of Arc and Queen Elizabeth. We are here to show the world that we are great because we are one!

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

Fungai Machirori's picture

So eloquent!

I love your voice. Please don't feel bad that your father was such a man of valour. We need you voice to remind us that there are men out there who challenge patriarchy and who stand firm for their beliefs.

Thank you for sharing!

from today i live out of my imagination
i am more than my yesterday
tomorrow i plant a new seed
nothing that lies behind easy
nothing that is ahead real
my within is all i have today
*Napo Masheane*

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Thanks a lot!

You're a real great woman Fungai! You have a way of holding someone else's heart with your encouraging words. Of course we need each other here!!!! I could not have expressed myself the way I do if I haven't taken the time to listen to all the voices here at World Pulse! Each one's story is just so awe-inspiring that you can't help but hum our shared melody while writing your own story!!!!

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

Rita Banerji's picture

An important point!

you make a very important point with your own life Emie. It is something that women have to realize the world over -- that power often is not given to you. You have to take it! Claim it! And it begins with taking control over your own life -- that is the source of power.

Rita Banerji
www.ritabanerji.com

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Thanks a lot!

Hi Rita! Thanks for the appreciation! You're right, the power is right there, and it lays wasted unless and until we pick it up - because it is ours! I have viewed your profile last week and reading through brought me to your campaign - the 50MM ... and I had to stifle a scream because I was in the office! I read about the twin girls as well as the dowry murders! It's so morbid and pathetic and really very frustrating!!!! Yes, I'm supporting the petition. I wish something really positive is coming forth. This cannot go on, for Heaven's sake!!!!! (I have to respond to your campaign here because the private messaging says I have already exceeded my limit for now ... and I can't wait to have to respond to you tomorrow.) All the best for us...

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

HARMONY's picture

When I read your post the

When I read your post the first day I couldn't write a word. I touched me. And today I am still dreaming of the day women in all countries, especially mine, will have that opportunity and another question come to my mind: what will happen then, how are women going to behave if one of their sister is the head of the nation!
And I smile again, because I believe we are going to do better!
You are a great woman and I can read it through your post!

Trust your HOPES, not your fears... Harmony

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Thanks!

Hi Harmony!
Of course it was tough having a woman as a ruler! The first time we had to survive 7 coup's. Maybe it's chauvinism ... the military doubted a woman's capacity to tackle the responsibility of a whole nation. But there's always a beginning, and no matter how difficult it is we cannot let go of the chance to look at things at another angle ... the women context and perspective. And yes, we smile at the thought of sisters holding the torch of justice and freedom for all of us ... and it's a real good thing we have each other...

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

Emie,

I love your description of falling into a new realization about women's issues through the eyes of other women when you came to World Pulse. There is no better way to understand what women all over the world are going through than to hear it directly from them, in their own words.

You seem energized to make change and have done a great job of navigating your system to understand all the ins and outs, connections and power struggles, and clearly are learning more each day. Deep listening adds a nuance and insight to the situation. I wish you the best in your desire to lead.

Frances

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Thanks Frances!

Hi sister! Actually, it was really a defining coincidence that one of the first couple of testimonies that hooked me was the one from Dando of Zimbabwe. I know it so well! I have been through that same tough life in my childhood ... because of the scarcity of water in our community. It still is, because it is a mountain city beside the sea, but technology, of course, has offered better options. Until now water is scarce in my community and supply comes on a daily ration rotating through all the districts for 2 to 4 hours continuous supply everyday. One of my brothers is working at our local water district and he installed a huge concrete reservoir at the back of our ancestral house. There is always a way ... where there is a will. That's not just an old saying, because it happens all the time. And I do believe that's why everyone of us here knows World Pulse can make it!

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

hannah's picture

Thank you so much for your

Thank you so much for your words. I learned a lot about your country, and the way another woman sees the world.

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Cheers!

My pleasure, of course, sister! And thanks for taking the time to read ...I'm having so much fun here at WP, sharing my life and exchanging views all across the globe! It's real amazing ...

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

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