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Sunset in Cote d'Ivoire

October 15, 2010

00:00 am, beginning of campaign in Cote d’Ivoire. I am not politically involved in what is going on in my country. It is not because I do not care, or do not know anything happening all over the country; I am just not passionate. At times I don’t want to know what is going on but I can’t help. News will come from everywhere.

9:30, I have a chance to walk outside just 10mn: The capital is noisy, meetings here and there, new signboards displaying promises, engagement messages, solutions, programs, tee-shirt distribution to whoever want it, prospectus thrown from helicopter or cars… you will think celebration of national victory over poverty… nope nothing of such it is just campaign for election taking place 31st October. I started feeling uneasy, I know the majority of all candidates’ history or political (party) views, their ambitions for the country is almost the same to me and I was not really interested in what they had to say. I felt like going back to work; as I was reversing, my eyes glanced at the pictures freshly posted in the street I was walking in and what I saw that morning put a smile on my face. I first saw Her picture then Her name and I read the answer of what I am fighting for: Jacqueline Oblé independent candidate. I felt a quick and short warm in my heart. How come I did not know a woman was part of them? Why didn’t I hear her talking about it before? But it does not matter whether I knew or not! She is our former first woman General Attorney, no wonder she has the courage to say I want to rule and I praise her for that, I admire her and I am so excited.

Jacqueline Oblé, is candidate for the presidential seat in Côte d’Ivoire. Just when we turned 50 years of independence, just when I decided to participate in Voices of Our Future, a woman is bold enough to add her voice to decisions in Côte d’Ivoire.

I am not sure her voice is heard; I am not sure she will be elected or get 10%, 30%, 65%, but I am sure of one thing: it is the beginning, the sun is not shining yet, women have not achieved it yet but it is the beginning, the sunset… I do not care if she wins or not. I am happy she is there today and it is a step, a big step in the history of my dear country.
It may take more years, may be another 50, but one day we will get there, one day Côte d’Ivoire will see different women, ready for their future, deciding and speaking for themselves. And as we are working towards that, I will continue my way through WorldPulse, learning, sharing and leading other women here to build together our dream.

Comments

jadefrank's picture

A new day!

Dearest Harmony,

I was so moved by this journal - through your beautiful writing you have taken us through your transformation - from dispassionate voter, to hopeful and active in the political process - a powerful change when recognizing that someone - a woman - a brilliant and deserving woman - could represent you, women's issues, and change the face of politics as your know it in your country. I think that many African Americans felt this too when Barack Obama ran for president of the United States. When you are grow accustom to not seeing your role models or people of your gender, race or background in politics, I think it's natural to feel removed from the process. And so feeling represented or even a catching a glimmer of what it could be - is so powerful! The sun is setting, and will one day rise for gender equality when more women like Jacqueline Oblé stand up to lead.

I look forward following Jacqueline's cadidacy and wish I could put my ballot in the box with her name on it!

In friendship and solidarity,
Jade

HARMONY's picture

Hi Jade. Thanks a lot for

Hi Jade. Thanks a lot for believing in a brighter future for my country.
I am following her to learn what her programm is, understand her and I will try my best to let you all follow her story and help you vote for her.

Thanks

Trust your HOPES, not your fears... Harmony

Rudzanimbilu's picture

Go...go...go Jacqueline Oblé

Thank you so much Harmony for the post. It's a great feeling to know that African women are taking stands, they want to be involved in politics and women are ready to support them. Your support for Jacqueline Oblé will go a long way and it will take a long time but she has given women a chance to hope, to believe and to be strong leaders because we are.

Rudzanimbilu Muthambi

frederica Maima David Gibson's picture

small steps taken on!

Hi Harmony,
we are talking about women empowerment, How did it happened in Liberia,?How did Mrs Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, [my President] make it? all she needs is a team work, together you all cant make it work. yes! she may not be elected, but it is a small steps taken on a mighty long road, for other women to look at,
An incredible step for Jacqueline and others to follow.
All the best,
Frederica,

Y'ello,
This my new email address freddiegibs@yahoo.com
note that freddygibs is no longer my email address as it was hacked,
Frederica,

HARMONY's picture

Thank Frederica, I was so

Thank Frederica,
I was so impressed when I heard the news from Liberia, after election, that I didn't believe at first. But it was true and it is still true, at the western border of Cote d'Ivoire a woman is rulling. And it is the step we are to follow... It will come, surely.

Trust your HOPES, not your fears... Harmony

lydia's picture

a different voice

I am glad that you found something to be inspired about regarding politics and your country. Sometimes it is so depressing listening to all the political in-fighting that you just don't want to hear about it anymore. Hopefully a woman's voice can add a bit of sensibility and peace to the political conversation. Please do let us know what happens with Jacqueline Oblé and how that changes, or not, the way you see politics in your country.
Best,
Lydia

HARMONY's picture

Ok Lydia. I will just the

Ok Lydia. I will just the time to finish with my interview and i will be able to share the first results and the atmosphere prevailing the second round.

Trust your HOPES, not your fears... Harmony

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