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Introducing myself and my journal: A Voice for Handicapped Women in DR Congo

About Me:
I live and work in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I am founder and Coordinator of a NGO called ACOLDEMHA that was organized to give women and especially handicapped women a place to come be heard, and to give voice to the issues they face in their daily lives. We deal with many women who have suffered extreme violence against their persons, and work to assist them in getting medical and psychological treatment, as well as work to get their reports filed, investigated, and prosecuted. As well, we work to promote Women's Rights and Rights for Persons with Disabilities in our area. For example, I do a weekly radio program in Bukavu to sensitize people to the plight of persons with disabilities, and am involved in many organizations, and lead forums regarding the same. I myself am handicapped, having contracted Polio at the age of 2 years.

My Passions:
Justice for Handicapped Women

My Challenges:
Political and Cultural Bias

My Vision for the Future:
To Effect Handicapped Womens Rights in DR Congo

My Areas of Expertise:
Coordinator, Organizer, Promoter

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Breese's picture

Welcome!!

We are thrilled to have you as a new member in our thriving community of women who are lifting their voices in the name of empowerment, and connecting across borders to make positive change for women everywhere! Check out the PulseWire Getting Started guide to help you learn what the website has to offer and how to use it: http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/about/guide

I look forward to connecting with you, and if you have any questions about PulseWire, please don't hesitate to ask!

Peace,
Breese

Neema's picture

User Guide

I just learned of World Pulse and am very excited to join and learn how to use it. Just wanted to let you know that I downloaded the Guide but the page that comes up does not say how large the file is, and many third world countries have poor internet connections and sometimes you need to plan to download such a large file, both to ensure you have enough prepaid 'airtime' loaded into your card, and to ensure that the user has a desire to spend that much money to dowload the large file. I realize it is not large to '1st world' countires, but it is a large file for us, and it cost me $0.25 USD to download the file; a budget concern for many. You may want to consider downsizing the file to something around 250k rather than the 4 meg it is now, and as I said, it would be helpful if you noted the file size so that a user would know what to expect. Thank you.

Breese's picture

Neema - Thank you for

Neema -
Thank you for pointing this out. You have brought attention to a very important concern and we are working to improve this for our members with limited internet access. Thanks again!

Fatima Waziri's picture

Hey there! Welcome to

Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

It’s so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fabulous time with your new online friends as well as find this to be a very positive experience. I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.
Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!

Peace!
Fatima

Ruth Beedle's picture

I am thrilled to be given the

I am thrilled to be given the privilege and honor of getting to know you, not only as a voice of the disabled in your country, but as a Voice of Our Future for the World (Pulse) as well as my correspondent Mentee. Welcome, welcome, welcome. I am just beginning to acquaint myself with you and your work and already I have cold chills knowing that you are going to change your world and the world of people who, like you, have been deemed invisible and won't 'stand' by for that any longer.

Congratulations on your selection as VOF correspondent. This is going to be an exciting and rewarding time!

All my best.....

jocelym46's picture

Hi There

Hi Neema,
I guess I need to learn World Pulse all over again. I tried to connect to you and could not. One of our Board Members at the National Organization for Women (NOW) is Chair of the Global Feminist Strategies Committee. She is interested in Disabilities. I also work on Discrimination on all levels as chair of the NOW Combating Racism Committee. Please share any info. you want at jocelym46@yahoo.com.

Jocelyn "Joyce" Morris
NOW Board of Directors
Co-Chair, NOW Combating Racism Committee
http://www.now.org

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