I can do more, if you can only give me an opportunity to learn.
Jensine Larsen, the CEO of World Pulse was 28 years when she started World Pulse. Today women are not restricted by their cultures and languages. The effect of her initiative saw me writing about how I feel without any pressure and crying for feeling empowered and in control of my life. I’ve never met Jensine Larsen, her brilliant team, as well as the amazing women who each week read our journals and gave positive feedback and as I write this final VOF assignment I realized how she has engineered the course of women’s history all over the world. I represent a voice of an estimated five hundred and fifty thousand (550 000) women in a community of nine hundred and ninety people (990 000). Olutosin from Nigeria founded Stop the Abuse of Rights during the VOF training and has managed to sustain her project and I am yet to sit with her and listen to her because her project is a massive achievement for women especially in Africa.
Since joining World Pulse, I have read countless of empowering voices. I had no confidence to write but joining VOF is the best thing that has ever happened. From week one to week four I read each link and was amazed to smell and feel the change happening all around me and around the world. Each assignment slowly redefined what I am and what I could achieve if I start to believe. It’s safe to say like a drug addict I was a failure addict. I needed women who will tell me I am not a failure and that life still has more to offer. I have gained so much and like Jensine who was 28 when she started, my personal vision is to give myself a second chance and to have a go at initiating a free career information and training hub for women, young girls and unemployed youths in our community. I would like to see more and more women taking charge of their lives and this is achievable if they are given access to information. I want them to stop looking at the stand post at our four way stop which reads “DOMESTIC WORKERS NEEDED URGENTLY”. They can be more than house cleaners but due to the fact that information is inaccessible they think being a domestic worker is a way out.
As a television student and a radio producer I was conditioned to find challenges, to expose corruption and all sorts of social calamities without looking at the possible solutions. It is only through World Pulse and VOF that I learned that as a human being I need to take action, to find possible solutions and to ensure that steps are taken for change to take place. I’m ashamed to say for a very long time I was not aware that human rights activists are not just Lawyers but everyone who is advancing other people's condition for the better and empowering them to be aware of their human conditions and ultimately their human rights.
Each passing week here at World Pulse I have learned to change my perspective, to find workable solutions for the benefit of my community so for each challenge I see, I now look at three or four possible solutions. It’s exciting, amazing and brilliant to deconstruct the box and the isolation I had created. I isolated myself from a pool of law and policy makers and I offered nothing because they seem to belong in the educational corridors but now I know that as a Media and Community Development Worker (Yes, that’s who I am and it’s a designation I have given myself and I am no longer ashamed). I can use communication instruments like writing and shooting social and educational documentaries to reach out to the same communities they are lobbying for.
Being a Voices of Future correspondent will allow me to gain further knowledge, to be taught by women with extensive experience and to gain enough confidence to open the career centre which at this point is in an embryonic stage. I’ve enjoyed each week and I wish for many more weeks like this to come for the benefit of my community.