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When a Woman Leads…

Rihana, 27, lives in a slum of India’s Ahmedabad city. For years, poverty and hunger were constant companions of this daughter of a daily wage earner; often there was no food at home and to suppress the hunger clawing inside her, Rihana would chew tobacco, among other things, just like other young people around her did.

Years later, Rihana now worked for an NGO that trains young people like her into video making. In many ways she was now playing a community leader’s role, highlighting problems, generating awareness and initiating discussions.

In Dec’ 2009 Rihana was working on a new video, focused on tobacco addiction among the urban poor. As she worked, Rihana was hit by a thought: she, who was asking others to give up addiction, was a tobacco addict herself.
So, on the day that the shoot of the video began, Rihana took an oath to give up chewing tobacco forever.

The video went on to win lots of accolades and saw at least 50 young people giving up their addiction to tobacco. Besides technical qualities, what really made it special is the fact that the maker of the video was a woman who believed in practicing what she preached.

And that, to me, is the example of a real leader who leads by example!

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Paulina Lawsin's picture

Transformation

Rihana's action is a beautiful case of transformation brought about by her conscientization on the ill effects of tobacco and being equally involved in the campaign against addiction. A transformed person, a survivor is the most effective advocate and as you've rightly said it - leader. We hope that by Rihana's shining example many more young people especially girls will give up smoking.

Thanks for sharing her story.

Stella Paul's picture

Thanks to you too!

Yes, there are many Rihanas around us, who, if given a helping hand, could make great leaders. I am happy,there are people like you who are working towards being that helping hand.

Best and thanks for reading!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

Kirts's picture

Always know your purpose

Rihana's action could have started as a reflection which finally came to a reality. Its a good example as the saying goes, "unless you see it come, you may never get it". Rihana knew her purpose.

James

Stella Paul's picture

Yes

Dear James

Yes, Rihana does know her purpose. And this s why she is a leader,though she didn't study beyond the 5th grade,

Thanks for reading!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

ruthibelle's picture

beautiful story

I agree. That's a wonderful demonstration of leadership by example ... Makes the story that much more powerful!

Love,
Ruthibelle
ruthibelle.blogspot.com

Stella Paul's picture

Thank you!

Dear Ruth

The story is beautiful only when the read. So, thanks for reading and making it worth telling!

Best wishes!

Stella

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

olutosin's picture

Thanks Stella

I so much appreciate you and your initiative and I ay thao manyeople th gooearts will come up to transform more lives. We need radical transformation in our World. Thanks again.

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

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Stella Paul's picture

Missed you!

I missed talking to you all these days sister! Glad to reconnect. The kind of work you are doing has a pressing need in our society!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

Nusrat Ara's picture

Thanks for sharing. It is

Thanks for sharing. It is definitely a good example of setting things right at the very basic level.

Love

Nusrat

Stella Paul's picture

Yes indeed!

Yes, if the world is going to be perfect - the way we envisage it - development needs to start happening at the bottom of the pyramid and even a singular effort is important. Thanks for reading!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

MaDube's picture

You are right. That is what

You are right. That is what we are lacking these days; leaders that inspire people around them to believe in the goodness of human beings.

Stella Paul's picture

What I feel

Dear friend

What think is that if we don't get enough good news, its not because there is a shortage of it. The real reason is that its not considered important enough to tell. Hopefully things will change someday soon -after all you and me- all are working for it.

Best!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

usha kc's picture

Stella sis, very nice story,,

Stella sis, very nice story,, thank you so much for sharing here. It really make people to be transfermed in good!!.

evan.darraji's picture

DREAM

I'm always saying; if woman leaded & ruled the world it will be a better place.. will become a safe and perfect and full of love

Stella Paul's picture

Yes it will be

That's a world such as that is a dream we all love, and for all the logical reasons. And, its something we all are trying to make happen. All the best!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

amiesissoho's picture

Leadership with commitment

It is only going through certain experiences that one can be committed to take leadership with passion.

Do not give up, a difference in the life of one person is worth the strive.

Amie

Amie

zoneziwoh's picture

Leader by Example

Excellent piece dear Stella. I read your article with huge concern and interest. I give a giant thump-up to Rihanna and thank you so much for sharing her story. These are the kind of role models we desire to engage with in our society.

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

facebook: Zoneziwoh

twitter: @ZoFem

Stella Paul's picture

You are one

Dear Zoneziwoh

Yes, we need role models who can not just command, but also inspire. And you are already there, working towards it. I call that a good example too and wish you all the best!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

pinkypradhan's picture

Good to read this piece and

Good to read this piece and thanks for sharing her story!!

Pinky

Stella Paul's picture

Others will follow

Dear Pinky

Ekla chalo re',said Tagore. And we say the next line,'when you walk alone, others will definitely follow'.

Thanks for reading!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

pinkypradhan's picture

Very aptly said Stella

Very aptly said Stella

Pinky

Zin Zar's picture

Good Example

She was a good example for them .I really appreciate her because there is a saying " If you want other to change a better way , you must try yourself first."

Stella Paul's picture

Very true

It happened in all ages. We all want to see an example before we believe. Real leaders never hesitate to set examples, because they are not hereto fool,but to inspire.

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

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