MY JOURNEY TO VOICES OF OUR FUTURE
Creating awareness about the impacts of climate change and supporting communities to adapt was becoming frustrating and daunting when capacity to interact with the social media, a means through which I can connect and reach out to many was very limited. I wanted to start online news magazine that will disseminate information on development issues and in particular women and climate change but I had no journalist training or background and my knowledge of the social media was limited.
I was preparing to look for a school where I can sharpen my knowledge and skills on how to use social media in my work when I received an email from one of our partner organization- Baobab for Women’s Human Rights- about the voices of our future 2011 application . It was a dream come through, God over answered my prayers because not only did I get an appropriate opportunity for training, the training was perfect and tailor made to fit into my personal vision.
It is a training that will teach me how to use social media and spiced up with women’s flavor. This is the right kind of training that I need as a women’s right activist. I had longed to create a space for urban women who appear to have been neglected on the issues of climate change. Emerging researches on gender aspect of climate change had placed emphasis on rural women and their livelihoods with less focus on urban women especially the poor urban women whose conditions are exacerbated by climate change as a result of infrastructure deficits which shape their lives in urban slums. It is as a result of this that the project “Voices of Urban Women on Climate Change was conceived” That is why in my profile on the pulse wire, my sub journal was titled “Voices of urban women on climate change”.
For me, the project “Voices of Urban Women on Climate Change came alive immediately I received the email to apply for the voices of our future. All my procrastination on the project ended instantly. The project is conceived as a radio program that will be broadcasted simultaneously on the web. All I need now is to secure a place in the voices of our future to concretize this project. That is why I am putting my best to ensure that I get this important space that will transform my work and my career for the best.
My journey to the voices of our future on pulse wire is full of expectations. I expect to get one of the 30 spaces available and I tell you, the rest will be history of achievements and progress in my work. It is a worthwhile journey, I have great expectations and I look forward to secure my space after this first stage.