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Seeking feedback and suggestions

Dearest Friends/correspondents,

Hope this reaches you in good health and you are enjoying your holidays.

I really really need your suggestions and feedback on selecting my angle for the frontline journal.

I wanted to write about women and their participation in politics and decision making but the prominent figures I wanted to interview isn't available as most of them are away from the country and can’t find their contact address.

Now I was thinking of writing about youth and unemployment in Puntland state which eventually leads them to join the pirates and how they use alcohols and bring instability as well as snatching women rapping and assaulting them… or becoming immigrants who travel to Yemen or Libya and so on... and how their lives might change if they could have received vocational trainings and skills to earn and help their families even if they can’t find jobs in the government sectors or from the NGOs…. And I wanted to base it to this state (Puntland) as I might not be able to cover the whole country but here in the state it’s about one-third of the country's geography and hosts a community estimated to be 3.9 million whereby youth are around 70%.

Will this be acceptable? I mean will it work to present such topics through its not directly related to women/girls but their actions influence women indirectly as some of them been forced or snatched while others go with them on their own way because of their preference the huge amount of money these guys have/offer… while some women are the mothers or wives of those been captured by the warships….
I really need your comments and suggestions as there is no much time, if i have to take this topic i have to travel to do some depth research and cant just wait till our question and answer call.

Happy holidays and Warmest regards.

Comments

Potter's picture

Options for women?

What are the options for uneducated women and girls? If uneducated boys and men turn to piracy, sexual violence or immigration, what alternatives do their sisters have? Your idea for a frontline journal could be very engaging if you could compare the options for each gender. Also if you could clearly demonstrate the consequences for girls and women when boys and men have only undesirable choices.

I also looked at your story about the soccer game. I was hoping, hoping, hoping that there might be a women's team! What are the opportunities for women in sports in Somalia? Are there any?

You are doing a great job of getting the process for Module II started!!!

Very happiest wirhes for 2011!

Ruun Abdi's picture

Dearest Potter, Thank you so

Dearest Potter,

Thank you so much for your lovely comment and suggestions, it really really helped me more than you can imagine and enlightened many options to choose thank you once again.

As for the soccer game well before the collapse of the central government yeah we had women's teams but after it collapsed things have changed.... but i hope we rearrange things back soon and get back all the games including women's sports whether it's been football or basket ball or other games.

Warmest regards and happy blessed new year.
RA.

Emie Zozobrado's picture

Hi Sister!

Wow, Ruun, you have quite a good load of issues to write, huh? Lucky girl! If I may suggest, the topic on youth and unemployment in Puntland State which eventually leads to crimes affecting women can wait for the Module 4 writing assignment (feature story)! This subject is enormously loaded - leading to many dimensions, that you need an extensive research and documentation to work it out. Don't worry too much about the interview. I believe you can conduct side interviews on women who are accessible and visible to you at the moment and concentrate more on research work. Remember, the front line journal is YOUR STORY - your experience, your involvement, your mission, your vision. In short, you are IN FRONT. Opinions of "women authorities or experts" are only reinforcements to your life/experiences at the front lines. Potter is suggesting two good options: 1) uneducated women and girls and 2) soccer game - opportunities for women in sports in Somalia. I believe either of these is perfect for your front line journal.

Sister, you got it all ... just put it down on the piece with your own involvement. Go go girl! All the best ...

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

Ruun Abdi's picture

Dearest Emie, Thank you so

Dearest Emie,

Thank you so much for this inspiring lovely comment and suggestions you gave me, it really helped me figure out what to do, i just did as you suggested conducting side interviews and finally met the minister of women and family affairs (MOWDAFA) when she returned.

Cheers,
RA.

Emie Zozobrado's picture

I'm right here, of course!

Wow, that's really great! It's my pleasure to be of any help, Ruun! That's what sisters are for! All the best...

Always,
Emie Zozobrado

HARMONY's picture

Happy new year!

You can talk about uneducated women or women involve in sports. But I would like you to keep one thing in mind. This is a comon subject to almost all countries and it is your involvment, mission and vision that will make the difference. I believe any subject is good depending on how you present it to match your assignment.
All the best and I wish you the vey best.

Trust your HOPES, not your fears... Harmony

Ruun Abdi's picture

Thank you so much for the

Thank you so much for the great suggestions, all the best for all of us.

Cheers,
RA

Sarvina's picture

Hi Ruun, I dont have any idea

Hi Ruun,

I dont have any idea with your post as it's already good everything so you can do as they have given you feedback above. Thus I would love to say many thanks to you for your idea suggestion! After I read their feedback with your post, I got more ideas how to start my frontline. Wish you all the best my dear friend:)

Love,
Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

nilima's picture

I AGREE WITH SARVINA AS I AM

I AGREE WITH SARVINA AS I AM ALSO IN THE SAME STATE!

Ruun Abdi's picture

Nili best wishes dear for all

Nili best wishes dear for all of us we are into this together.

nilima's picture

thank you :)

thank you :)

Ruun Abdi's picture

Hey dear, Hope all is going

Hey dear,

Hope all is going well at your end too, yeah after i read everyone's comments it's really coming to visualize how my piece will gonna look like, and so grateful that you got the main ideas too... all the best dear.

Best wishes,
RA.

Ruun Abdi's picture

Hey dear, Hope all is going

Hey dear,

Hope all is going well at your end too, yeah after i read everyone's comments it's really coming to visualize how my piece will gonna look like, and so grateful that you got the main ideas too... all the best dear.

Best wishes,
RA.

NatalieS's picture

Assignment 1

Dear Ruun
You did an excellent job on your first assignment. The writing is clear, well organized, and filled with meaning and relevance. I congratulate you on a job well done and know that you will go on to your next assignments with skill and commitment.
Brava!
NatalieS

NatalieS

Ruun Abdi's picture

Dear Natalie, Thank you for

Dear Natalie,

Thank you for this inspiring and lovely comment/

Regards,
RA

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