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Standing up: Do I still know what this means?

Standing up: Do I still know what this means?

Well, having been absent from the world pulse for about two years, not only two years of failures and of hiding from the public, but also two years of the continued struggle for survival as a woman, Iam so moved by the theme: standing up, to emerge from my self -styled exile, to try and stand up in the crowd and let my voice out just this once.

I work for the Office of the Ombudsman in my country, one of the so called defenders of human rights by any country’s standards, but whoever thought that human rights offices are immune to human rights violations, rethink your belief. Sometime in 2009, after a series of challenges, I retreated from the public domain, including world pulse. However, after languishing in non-activity for almost a year, I toyed with the idea of pursuing masters in law programme, specialising on the rights of people living with disabilities as I watched the discriminations all around my nine year old son, who lives with multiple physical disabilities. I applied to the Chevening Scholarship programme and was successful to do the programme at the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom. I thought the hardest part of this journey was over, but that was just the beginning of a long struggle just to further my education.

When I informed my department about my scholarship, the male leadership went berserk. My immediate supervisors were instructed to make sure that I would not go to school and a request made to the British Government to withdraw the sponsorship. The reason for the refusal, “the exigencies of the services.” I requested to be released on unpaid study leave, though knowing full well as a woman how difficult the year ahead would be. I submitted my resignation, which was also rejected. It became a Catch 22 situation until I gathered enough wits to appeal to the President of our country to allow me to further my education. I will be completing my programme next month but at the back of my mind, I still harbour the feeling that I was being discouraged to further my education, only because Iam a woman. I also know that the battle is not yet over, because I dared to claim my right to education, and victimisation will soon be a well-known trail to me.

Liba

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jadefrank's picture

Standing up!

Dearest Liba,

It is such a joy to see you here back in the PulseWire community and to read your story. Your story also shows courage and strength, and I am eager to hear the next part - when you finish your education and feel the long-awaited fruits of your hard work. To find the strength and courage to go on, to continue battling the discrimination - I am in awe. Liba, please know that we are standing up too - standing up behind you. You are an amazing woman!

Love,
Jade

liba's picture

Thanks

Hi Jade

Thanks so much.The theme touched something in me which i thought i had lost. Sometimes in life we go through a period of such intense depression that getting out of such depression is a challenge. You hide from the world but i guess the inner strength never dies and needs just that special word to bring one back to life. iam thankful that Worldpulse continues to give hope to the hopeless and to encourage those who fall to rise up again and again. I salute all the members who keep the pulse beating, i stand in owe of people like you Jade, who are a pillar of strength to many. Thank you so much.

liba

"Its not by might nor by power, but by my spitrit , says the Lord"

Jan K Askin's picture

The Fight for Education

Dear Liba,

It is a crime against human rights when a woman must fight so hard for an education. No wonder it was tempting for you to retreat. Standing up is daunting work.

Congratulations on your speaking up.

Your Sister in the US,

Jan

Jan Askin

liba's picture

Encouraged

Hi Jan

Thanks Jan for the encouragement. Although human rights are supposed to be inherent, practicall they are not. which so sad.

liba

"Its not by might nor by power, but by my spitrit , says the Lord"

Nusrat Ara's picture

Congrats Liba, All the best

Congrats Liba,

All the best for your course. You are a courageous woman who stood up for herself. Keep doing so.

Love

Nusrat

liba's picture

A big thanks!!!!!

Hi Nusrat

Thanks so much. I just hope it will be useful in advancing the rights of people living with disabilities in my country. Its so behind in terms of legal protection.

Liba

"Its not by might nor by power, but by my spitrit , says the Lord"

Frances Faulkner's picture

Frances

Liba-

It is clear from your words that you have an amazing innate ability to be strong and fight, and even when you are feeling unable to move or interact with the world you seem to know that your lowest place will be the place where you once again push yourself up to go forward and improve your situation. Even though "victimization" as you put it takes place, I sense that you can see yourself in different terms - one of never being a victim. Please keep us updated on your education, your son, and your thoughts in coming months. You are an inspiration!

Frances

liba's picture

Please Stand with me

Hi Frances

Thanks so much for the encouragement. Please stand with me as i try to push for legislative changes in my country for the protection of people living with disabilities upon my return. That will be the longest and most steep journey, and it will take all our combined efforts at world pulse to win the battle! Stand with me as I teach my son to take up the fight!

liba

"Its not by might nor by power, but by my spitrit , says the Lord"

sallysmithr's picture

Glad you are back :)

I am glad that you came back to World Pulse so that you are able to share this story. I can only imagine the difficulties you have faced and continue to face. It is amazing that education is still a struggle. I wish you the very best with your schooling and wish you well in the future.

Thanks again for sharing!

Sally Smith

liba's picture

Appreciated

Hi Sally

Thanks for the support. its much appreciated. hope you will be there to stand with me when i start the advocacy for law changes!

liba

"Its not by might nor by power, but by my spitrit , says the Lord"

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