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MEASURABLE EQUALITY

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TO OUR MOST RESPECTED UN WOMEN AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MICHELLE BACHELET

It is such a pleasure and honor ,for me to be writing this letter to support women in my community, women across the globe. I hope this letter will reach you while in good health as you unleash your potential for excellence upon women.

Discrimination….! Discrimination…..! Discrimination…….I am a woman forsaken, left to wonder in my space, no one sees my agony, no one sees, left to fend for children, left to suffer shame and sorrow. I just want the whole world to know that women and girls bear enormous hardships. They work so hard, so tirelessly to change their encounters such as gender based violence and harmful traditional practices which remains the most pervasive and persistent form of inequality and which deprives them the right to living worth lives. I believe in my heart its high time for the world must know that women are not play grounds, they are human beings like our counterparts, God created us the same, all women deserve love and respect.

Though men and women can never be the same and that we cannot change. However the idea of women are weaker sex has tarnished the whole meaning, letting discrimination to seat and relax on woman ‘s back. Just within a twinkle of an eye when a man sees a woman in the bush, already what comes to his mind is rape, degrading her, well knowing that she is a woman what can she do to me.

I have seen and heard the cry of my community members, its unbearable as well so alarming since the HIV/AIDS scourge is at its peak. Most women in my community cant talk, cry, dress well and drive their cars. The scourge is routinely enjoying their lives. This is due to the fact that the very same attitude to believe that a woman is a weaker sex as imposed by man is a tool to overpower them. So she can’t make decisions. It is of great torture, these traditional practices are contributing a big problem among women in my community. If again they refuse to meet their spouse’s needs it means she is cheating on him. Men tend to forget too much that women have equal rights like them. In my community an infected man would insist to indulge in unprotected sex. This sexual violence is unheard of in my community. Many times women are the ones who will go for HIV/AIDS and thus how a man will now have the privilege of knowing his status. And usually the man will force her wife to reveal the results if not she will face the consequences. I always wonder why cant men, women and girls unite to form a healthy globally family, no more violence, cries, no more pain and confusion and no more toiling of women.

Moreover women in my community are vulnerable to all Sexual transmitted diseases. A secretive kind of oppression goes on behind closed doors. Women in my community need to be empowered. When I look in the Bible how God took the Israelis out of Egypt, as we all know they were in bondage there in Egypt. As they were out on their way to Canaan they were persuaded by their enemies the Egyptians. They begun to murmur and started to utter words of defeat and failure upon themselves. They began to ask Moses questions .Moses could not believe what he was hearing from these people. Until he stood and told them that their God is with them they stopped. So Moses told them, he empowered them, he ministered to them and stood his ground to set up their minds to reach their destiny and that has sustained their journey they reached the Promised Land Canaan. Likewise women need to be empowered; they need to be rest assured. They ought to be told to appreciate and acknowledge themselves.

I believe UN agency can truly affect change on the ground to promote gender equality and uphold the rights and needs of women both on a local and global when it insists its fearlessness on this issue. As a woman I believe I have a right to say NO? Also I believe with Un agency setting goals and always amending their laws achieved and as well as they empower women across the globe - this will give answer to the unanswered questions.I hope this will contribute a lot.

Thank you,
Great Regards
Warona
Selibe – Phikwe,Botswana

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As the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women officially begins its work this month, World Pulse is asking women worldwide: What is YOUR vision and recommendation for UN Women? We invite you to raise your voice by writing a letter to UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet outlining your recommendation for how this new UN agency can truly affect change on the ground to promote gender equality and uphold the rights and needs of women both on a local and global scale.
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What can I say, you always say all these things that we want to say and yet we don't have the courage to say them loud. The letter is for all the women, whether they are from Botswana or not...most of the time we suffer the same fate. It is indeed DISCRIMINATION, STD's and HIV/AIDS and more but you always capture it so well, meaningfully and without force and I know for sure that, that is so, so, powerful. Once again, thank you my sister!

Rudzanimbilu Muthambi

vivian's picture

You have taken time to write

You have taken time to write a powerful letter. Well done sister for adding your voice to others.

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

warona's picture

Indeed voice added

Dear Vivian,

Hey last time i lost you on skype,i was so busy,hey i regret,you know we are sisters in Africa,we encounter almost the same things,so we must be connected so close isnt it? It is very important for us to help each other,lets mend the alterations that has been there in our communities through our voices,if we keep quite,while knowing that we have a mandate before who will then fill the gap.

You are my age mate,you are a strong woman,may the light in Nigeria keep shinning!

Grateful

Warona

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

vivian's picture

Yes, you are right, we are

Yes, you are right, we are sisters in africa and we truly need to be there for each other.together we can move africa and the world.

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

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Hey Rudzani!

Hi gal,

Thats my gal,thank you very much dear sister for uplifting my soul once again.I still want to thank God for this platform and for you,you know i wonder,more especially me where would i be.Because it looks i had so many questions and nobody could see the pain that besieged me.Today i find it easy to tell the world ,heartful people will hear my plea and the heartless will always give a deaf ear.

Thank you Rudzani,as an ambassodor there in South Africa stand and be fearless,i know south Africa is a wealthy country,i know you can do all things.

Thank you sisy for your comment you are stil so amazing my love.

Grateful

Warona

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

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Hi sister Warona, Thanks so

Hi sister Warona,

Thanks so much for sharing such as a powerful letter to us! Your voice will be reached to Executive Director Michelle Bachelet. You will be a role model and helpful lady for your community. I do love reading your letter. Well-done sister!

Love,
Sarvina

Regards,

Sarvina from Cambodia
VOF 2011 Correspondent

warona's picture

My Cambodia friend!

Dear Sarvina,

Nice to hear from dear, Hey the ups and downs of this world are so much.Its of great pleasure as we take part today to voice our voices to help our dear fellow women.The suffering is just too much.Can we just sitdown and behold our dear sisters perish,oh no! God forbid. Our love must be extended to the four corners of this world.Some out there are crying and nobody sees and hears,so we are here for a reason.

Hold on sisy,dress the poor,feed them,visit those in the hospitals,those in prisons meet their fate,move around your community and see how people live,if you were to cry we wouldnt contain you and even your tears they would be too much to bare.

I love you Sarvina,and thank you too,thank you also for your letter it was so wonderful.The message devours.

Cheers and God bless you so much

Warona

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

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Ending Violence Against Women

Dearest Warona,

Thank you for participating in this campaign, by using your voice and speaking out for women who have been abused, and calling for an end to violence against women as a priority for the new UN Women agency. As Rudzani mentioned, you have voiced the wish of millions of women, many of whom do not have the strength or perhaps the access to a global platform, to express such conviction. But your voice, your poetry, your beautiful soul, is all yours and rings true and clear here in your powerful letter.

In two weeks, we will compile your letters and share your voices with the GEAR Campaign, who have been working closely with UN Women to ensure the inclusion of civil society groups, and through the PulseWire community, grassroots women leaders, as they set their agenda. We will also be sending your letters directly to Michele Bachelet and other senior leaders of the newly formed UN agency, to demonstrate the effectiveness for sourcing opinion, knowledge and needs from the global grassroots women's movement through our online community. Through this, we hope to open a portal for our community to have a direct line of influence within the UN Women agency.

I will keep you updated on the progress of our campaign!

In friendship and solidarity,
Jade

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Thats Great

My dearest Jade,

Hello Ms Frank ,I hope you are fine over,Botswna is hot,luckly the rains are still cooling the place.Once more thank you very much for connecting us with all these organisations,i appreciate your anticipation,your keeness and genuiness to help us voice our voices.

We women with our eyes wide open we are watching and our ears listening so attentively to hear only the great news.I wish the UN Women Agency all the best to whatever endevours they want to go about.We support them with all our hearts.

Thank you Jade and Cheers!

Warona

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

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Your UN letter

Dear Warona
You have written a powerful and impassioned letter that jumps off the page with feeling. Anyone who reads this will be moved with compassion and want to take action. Good for you!
Natalie mum

NatalieS

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mmmmm! what a pat on a shoulder!

Dear mum!

Thank you so much mum, for you comment,it has once again livened me. A m so grateful mum.
All the best to us.

Warona

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

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