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Women Speaking Out on Their Concerns

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This is my favorite photo from my Mother Tour that has been traveling around North America and parts of the world. She is a Ixil woman from Chajul, Gualtemala speaking out a community event about her concerns. I love the way the children are looking at her and the expression of the woman near the bottom who seems to be thinking, "you go, girl." In Chajul I had given my Empowering Mother Voices workshop and then facilitated community-performed skits about the costs and benefits of fuel-effiencent cook stoves that dramatically reduce the amount of indoor air pollution (a major threat to the respiratory health of women and children who spend long hours inside and cooking over an open fire). Here's a link to a short documentary about the Mother Tour if you're interested! http://vimeo.com/16482993
I'm commited to continue this work in devising methods to help women around the world empower their voices. I see vocal empowerment as completely necessary for women to participate in all facets of life--from development projects, to gender equity in the home. I'd love to hear any feedback or advice from this amazing community!
With love, Beth Osnes

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The Afrika way's picture

very motivating, and i like

very motivating, and i like the idea of vocal empowerment....very important

Betty Kagoro's picture

Great! Our Voice is our

Great! Our Voice is our greatest asset! No one can take it from us!
Quite inspiring!
cheers
Betty

Bk

Beth Osnes's picture

Great to hear from you, Betty!

I'm new to PulseWire and it is so fun to get messages. Thanks for the contact. Warmly, Beth

afmorrison's picture

creating a safe cooking environment

How wonderful to pay attention to the precautionary principal and to have clean air to breath. I can only imagine the amount of asthma and bronchial ailments. Thank you for thinking of these women.

Mugisho Ndabuli Theophile's picture

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This is a nice awareness. We must be the voice of the voiceless.

Mugisho Ndabuli Theophile
Founder of COFAPRI,
Safe World for Women Field Partner, DRC,
Writer for BroWaha

Beth Osnes's picture

Thank you

Thanks so much for your kind words. Yes, I agree with you! Children especially so often do not have a voice. I am sending you warmest wishes. Beth

Mugisho Ndabuli Theophile's picture

help

I would post an article but I am failing to do so. Can you tell me what to do?

Mugisho Ndabuli Theophile
Founder of COFAPRI,
Safe World for Women Field Partner, DRC,
Writer for BroWaha

warona's picture

Thats all humility

Hi Beth

Keep fighting by empowering them.More especially when you talk to mothers they will make sure put your advices into practice.And children will follow suit.That is a good thing to do Gal.People s health, i believe taoday they are taken care of more especially cook stoves that reduces threat to the respiratory systems of both mothers and children.

Move on and be strong on all your workshops,other matters will arise but dont give up on them.May God bless you with all those people as they take your mentoring serious.

Best wishes

Warona

"success will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time " And when confronted conquer with love

Beth Osnes's picture

Thank you!

I am so touched and strengthened by your words! Thank you. I also wish you blessings and strength for all that you are doing! Love, Beth

NI NI AYE's picture

I love it!

Hi Beth

It's really powerful and amusing! It has been taking over 30 minutes to watch about 20 percent of the video. Now it is about declaring each mother's most passionate concern . Every thing from the video is so inspiring that I want to have a copy for next times. Mother and her child makes me amused a lot. I am sure I will watch it again . Because I couldn't finish it due to the connection here. Now I have to be with skype for the Q & A . Talk to you again.

Loves

NI NI

Congratulations on Very Happy Teachers Day through ten years journey!

Beth Osnes's picture

Great to hear from you!

Dear NI NI, So lovely to hear form you! Glad you enjoyed it. Watching things online is difficult, yes. If you would like a DVD to use, I could send you one to use for helping women empower their voices. All the very best to you! Beth

NI NI AYE's picture

Thanks millions!

Hi Beth

You are so lovely. Big thanks to you Beth! I love you so much.

Warm Hug

NI NI

Congratulations on Very Happy Teachers Day through ten years journey!

Austin-pbc's picture

this is a vision

Betty, i love this . i could not watch the clip, but i believe u have the task to really continue what ur mum is doing. be motivated and i know God will be with u from the start thru to the end. i will send u another word , be inspired my dear. move on

pbc

Beth Osnes's picture

Thank you

Thank your for such warm encouragement! I would love to know what you do and what your passion is too! I am sending you my best wishes. Love and blessings, Beth

Austin-pbc's picture

hello ...

i will tell u more later. for now, am a university student studying political studies. i will be sending u more ma dear, ok. be good. and be motivated. betty ur going a good job, love u

pbc

Beth Osnes's picture

Great to hear from you!

Wonderful to hear from you. Best of luck with your continued studies. I look forward to being in touch with you again. With warmest wishes, Beth

Austin-pbc's picture

thanks

thanks, ok. am having a time of exams so i will write to u next 2wks. hey, have an advance x mas greetings.

pbc

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