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Making it Safer to Grow Up Female

Me and some wonderful volunteers that facilitate the GPI programme for Girls.

I sit at my desk, staring out into the small greenish farm that surrounds my office, and think of what I have always envisioned for my life, my community, and the world.

Is it unnatural for a woman to think this way? Rather than to think of how to capture a good husband, I am here thinking about the world? My mind tells me… My mind is playing games with me again. How could I forget I am living in a patriarchal system? Wake up Emilia, you are in the office.

But I dare to think more and remember that growing up as a female I faced a lot of challenges. The talk and conviction about female genital mutilation was the real deal. I feel like a winner, but there is still a lot to be done .This has only been made possible because of the training from Girls’ Power Initiative (GPI) and encouragement from online communities like WorldPulse and free2run.

Where the color of her eyes will determine the color of her dress because we are tired of pink and blue…some of us don’t like those colors anyway. I see a world where women will be encouraged to be inventive and their inventions documented.

I see marriages as an inspiration, not a burden that scares me and makes me wonder if I am about to imprison my mind as well as sacrifice my dreams and aspirations to be a good mother and wife.
I come in every Sunday to the “safe space” of Girls’ Power Initiative (GPI) as a Facilitator. I see all the different faces and I remember my years of training and know that my efforts in giving back to these young girls the same skills I gained will not be in vain.

I take my mind back to all the stories and talks I have had with girls and women as their Counselor to assist them in healing from sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and gender based violence. I think of their tears, low tones, and cries, and me being able to hold their hands in discussion, in solidarity and strength to show we are all in this together. This memory gives me more inspiration, as well as a burning fire of knowledge that there is more to be done.

I see a strong voice in Africa and Nigeria as women roar and roar loud in writing the folk songs, tales of women that bring to reality our saying “When you educate a girl, you educate the nation.” I see women using the new methods of interaction to share our accomplishments, strengths, and challenges, as well as to draw support from each other.
In my own little way, as a counselor, a facilitator, and a dreamer, I create peace and change lives through my work. I do not intend to stop anytime soon.

Comments

Emyeyo's picture

Wondering About my penalty.

I couldnt help but use a wonderful poem I wrote sometime ago about myself to post as my assignment 2. This is truly my story and I am wondering what my penalty would be since it more than 500 words.

Hope you enjoy it.

Emyeyo

Nezed's picture

Dear, would have been nice if

Dear, would have been nice if you had stuck to the guidelines...We still would have experienced your wonderful story.

You are doing a truly amazing work that only those with passion can do. Thumbs up dear, keep writing and telling it! Well done with the GPI project...

I do not aim for Perfection; Just excellence!

Emyeyo's picture

Thank you for ur advise

Thanks so much Nzed,
I followed your suggestion and edited it to less than 500 words and it looks great.

Emyeyo

vivian's picture

I am glad you are

I am glad you are participating again in the voice of the future program for 2011. I wish you the very best. Please do try to keep the rules and use the reply link to reply to your comments so that your readers can read your reply.

All the best

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

vivian's picture

I am glad you are

I am glad you are participating again in the voice of the future program for 2011. I wish you the very best. Please do try to keep the rules and use the reply link to reply to your comments so that your readers can read your reply.

All the best

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

harinees's picture

Your story

Hi

Thanks for your article. It is due to the good work of women like you that women make progress a little every day. Thank you for that! I encourage you to find more ways in which to use worldpulse (and other online communities) as well as contribute to it - you might be surprised at how powerful a forum can be.

And oh, I read your article after you reduced your word count, and it is well written as is - even though I did not read the longer version and your poem.

dbunton's picture

This is perhaps one of the

This is perhaps one of the most touching stories Iv'e read on World Pulse. Yes, I have heard of genital mutilation, and the atrocities against girls and women in many parts of Africa, and the world. Hearing it on the news, and from other people who talk about it, is extremely different than hearing from someone who has personally witnessed it. Although you are different from many women, in that you dream of a better world, with you in it, as opposed to seeking out a situation that could possibly lead to you giving up your freedom. We as men have lots of adjustments to make before our brains catch up with the changes taking place in society. That's why it's important that we work hard now, so there is hope for everyone in the future. Rest assured, Emyeyo, thay your work in not in vain.

Thanks for sharing your story, and for doing great work at GPI, and WP!

Darren Bunton

Emyeyo's picture

Thanks so much for you encouragements...

Thanks to everyone for your inspiring and encouraging words.
@Hariness...I am inspired to continue with this work through your words and yes I have come to realise how powerful worldpulse forum can be.
@Dbuton:Thanks for reading and relating to my story.

Emyeyo

Potter's picture

Keep Roaring!

Emilia, I really enjoyed reading your spirited, optimistic and inspiring article. Yes, please do roar, loudly, often and forever! You have so much to say and the girls and women you work with are so fortunate to have your voice to support them. You speak of solidarity and strength, of drawing support from one another. Your compassion and spirit shine through. I look forward to hearing more from you!

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