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To be a journalist is not easy but we have to take a risk. To be a man or woman, it's the same

For a long time women were considered to be n° 2. Even in the beginnings of our lives, God created the first man (Adam). Also according to the Bible, the first woman was cursed because of his mortal sin by eating the fruit of passion. Both situations suggest instead that gives women in several countries, especially for conservatives. Bad interpretation of the situation erodes our society. A stereotype against women that should be abolished.
For eleven years as a journalist in the field, I made a trip of over 50,000 to 70,000 kilometers by car, on foot, by canoe. We visited very remote areas, where the murderers or the most dangerous criminals of Madagascar are hiding. Experiments that allowed us to see the situation in which our sisters, our mothers, our friends live. They still suffer from all kinds of submissions, exploitations and even humiliations.
We published articles to inform peoples and leaders, they are not sufficient because being a woman meant for everybody low as decorative objects or domestic workers, etc ...
they don’t react because they are afraid or held to respect their customs and traditions. Most newspapers are for people in town. Radios and televisions are only dreams for most part of the Malagasy population there isn’t electricity.
Caring and wanting to help defend our rights and duties, I did not hesitate to jump on this opportunity: become a member of this site. Thanks to the communication service of the U.S. Embassy in Madagascar I have read the The missions and the goals and the values of World Pulse truly reflect my agreement. The site itself is a new medium to express and to better serve other women, especially our compatriots.
Looking for another way to improve my knowledge, to enrich my professional experiences and especially to become their spokesperson, I decided to participate in the VOF 2011. In life we must not settle for what we have, even if it is already satisfactory. We are required to seek what is best compared to what we did.
Only two months with Worldpulse community, I read many articles and saw various perspectives on our lives as a woman. I am impressed, surprised, pleased, excited and sad. But all has opened my mind and convinced me to participate in fight for women. First with Worldpulse, with associations and local NGOs after. So be quit! Because when we want; we can!

Some times, Realize a report is dangereous, we need to pay attention
Being a journalist means to adapt to reality, as we have very poor farmers as an interlocutor, and we were forced to share their lunch with them: they eat dry rice with cold water and salt


Jency's picture

Seek More

I agree with you that we have to seek more and not be complacent. You have a travelled a lot. What kind of an effect does your work have on the people, the government? Do they address the issues?

zacyrus's picture

it's very hard

thank for your reaction,
as my country is one of the three poorest country in the world, our governments do not care about women. We try to convince them with the information in it but in vain so far. In Madagascar, only 10 to 15% of MPs are women and it is the same in government. and most serious in all this, those who have the power struggle for his own interest and that of his family.
Personally, I consider these women as a traitor to his countrymen. However I do not accuse them stupidly because they follow reality. Besides the means at their disposal do not exist. Fortunately for me, I have this platform to raise awareness and share information
I know, we have to make many effort, because ; it's too hard to promote women right

MaDube's picture

Hey dear

Last year I was part of a group that produced what we call a shadow report on Madagascar. The shadow report showed the situation of human rights in Madagascar and sought to show how the government's own report did not explain some things or made itself look good yet it was not doing anything to help its own people. We then presented that report to the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights. I must say preparing that report was an eye-opener for me because I learnt so much about your country. But I was also struck by the situation of women especially by the levels of poverty, abuse and forms of violence including domestic violence and human trafficking against women. I am glad to see that you have chosen to use this platform to address these issues because sometimes the people who do these things get away with it because no one says anything against them. And yes you can!!!

zacyrus's picture

that's great

I am very happy to know that you were in Madagascar. I hope you had a lot of informations concerning human right here. But I'd like to know the result of your inquiry. In my country, it is true that the government does not provide information on that. Indeed, some leaders perpetrated violations of human rights. The NGos or the defender of human rights can not reach their goals. They can not work properly, they depend only on the funding or assistance from foreign Ngos.

MaDube's picture

I did not actually go to

I did not actually go to Madagascar. We worked very closely with 2 ladies from Madagascar who assisted with gathering information and yes they did say that it is very hard for NGO's to do their work in Madagascar and therefore most of the information on human rights abuses is not properly documented. I understand that the African Commission on Human and People's Rights is using the report we submitted, together with all the other information they have gathered in their own ways to push the High Transitional Authority to respect human rights. Of course the changes are always too small to be noticeable but I think with time their work will get results.

zacyrus's picture

We have to be patient

Oh good, I'd like to know the two women with whom you worked.I want to contact her. the case of Madagascar, respect for human rights is far from being reached. Not only in this period of transition. it is true, the fight is still very hard.
I'd like to share with you my experience in 2009. I published photos showing the abuse and repression perpetrated against the demonstrators. and this is the beginning of hell for me, the soldiers threatened me and scare my children. Fortunately, my head hard, I have the courage to face them. They stop the harrasment. I would like to communicate by this experience that if we want to succeed our struggles, they must dare and stand tall. let's be strong and let us not destroy easily.

Jency's picture

Stay strong

I admire your courage. I think it's the same everywhere when it comes to journalists exposing and writing about sensitive issues. They face all sort of threats and harassments. Wishing you that you will stay strong.

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Jency's picture

Small Changes

You are right, MaDube. The changes seem small initially. But we have to remember that little drops maketh mighty ocean. We are sure to the fruits of the labour of the likes of Zacyrus

Ify Onyegbule's picture


I just cant imagine that it has reached this level in Madagascar, what are the human rights associations doing? what of the Women bodies and gender activists? Im hoping that this step of yours will call attention to issues bedeviling women there in your country! Goodluck!

zacyrus's picture

I hope

thank you for your reaction. me too; I hope that this new step will allow me to educate and persuade our to improve or respect for human rights in my country, especially against women.
for your information, since 2009, Madagascar is the worst time for the breach of human rights. political crisis affecting our country worse. Arbitrary arrest, failure to respect the presumption of innocence in assault violins, killing some Person. there are times, policeùen brutally slaughter of suspected criminals.

Dear Sister,

Your depth of compassion, courage and commitment to be an advocate & leader for social justice, human rights for women in Madagascar is phenomenal. Their pain and courage empowers you to rise above and your VOF Sisters stand along side you and the women, girls of Madagascar!!! None of us are free when our sisters are persecuted and faced with inhumane acts of violence. You will lead the women and generations of girls to freedom of mind, spirit, body and humanity - your voice and heart is powerful!

You make a difference, THANK YOU!

Linda Ando

With Gratitude,

Linda M. Ando

SallyB's picture

Powerful energy

I can feel a powerful energy while reading your words. I wish you the best on your quest for truth and peace!

mvmagellan's picture


Your description on the situation that women face in Madagascar is very depressing. I am interested to learn about what aspects of religion and local traditions sanction gender-based violence? Are there any locally-based efforts that are working to change people's mindsets?
Thank you for your insights.


zacyrus's picture

NOt yet

the situation in which we live is really hard and sometimes depression as you said. I think that even in developing countries like my country.
At home we forget the women especially at a time when Madagascar through crises. We do not even have a department that s "takes women and children. It is merely a directorate within the Ministry of the population.
Personally, I take an initiative and I help women with the little I have.
in parts of Madagascar, there are always tribal laws requiring women to submit to men. If you are interested I can contact you foun a princess of the Ethnicity and Mahafaly Antandroy where there is still polygamy and that women should accept.
sincerly, I think that I start a new battle to change some traditions or people's mindsets which are not compatible with the current society.

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