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DISCOVERING A PASSION FOR CHANGE - THE TRIP TO THE PULSE!

Despite global technological advancements, many young people, especially teenage girls in my community for reasons of relatively low level of education are either not able to access the internet or do not just get the opportunity to do so. In previous interactions with a few who have access to the internet, it is merely a social networking tool; which to them is defined as meeting new people online, chatting with them and possibly finding ways of doing not so palatable things such as the engagement in internet fraud. For me, the media (radio, television and the internet) presents so many opportunities for education, advocacy and generally improving the lives of people.

Since childhood, I had always been confused when my teachers asked me what I wanted to be in future. I always result to what other students say. I once said I wanted to be a doctor, at another time a lawyer. It even gets more confusing after watching a movie that starred a lady pilot, then your guess is not a difficult, i wanted to be a pilot. My dreams were cut short when community members reminded me of the cost involved in training to be one and the unfortunate suggestion that I was a girl.

My mother recalls even more “you said you wanted to be a newscaster and also build your own computers and phones with your name on it”. Those computers and phones were meant to be distributed “to every single person who could not afford the other types”, she always reminds me with a giggle. I realized it had always been my passion to improve the lives of people through any possible genuine means.
I kept on writing the way I’m doing now on any piece of paper I found. Everytime any girl was abused or I almost got abused; it reinforces my quest to be a ‘voice’ for young people especially women in such situation.

I was in class one day, at age 11, when I was asked to lead a group of ten school mates to the national broadcasting house, the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) where we were supposed to meet the producer of a youth focussed radio programme. A year later I became the presenter of the programme which sought to address young people’s issues. I gained a special interest in using the media to reach out to many people help our advocacy cause. This passion led me to meet Gifty-Pearl, a member of World Pulsewire. She introduced me to ‘’the Pulse” and it has offered a much bigger platform to build on the work i started with Curious Minds.

I saw this as a global platform of ‘champions’ representing communities from the North Pole to the South Pole, the continuation of my dream, a path where I can continue to keep my passion burning till the world becomes fit for all, especially women and children.

Comments

cmphung's picture

A Voice

Your story of being a little girl and trying to decide what they want to be is common across the world. I think you have chosen a very noble profession where you can use your passion to make changes. I hope that you continue to use that voice to educate us all. Do not let your gender limit what you can do.

I wish you good luck.

Charlene

Charlene Phung MPH

Fay's picture

Likewise

Your story of wanting to distribute computers to poor people struck a bell with me. My own mother often chuckles that, as a very young girl, I told her that I wanted to become an obstetrician and deliver babies for poor women who could not afford hospital bills. My grand plan was to charge only a penny apiece. I don't know why I settled on a penny, but who knows why we think the things we do as kids. Eventually I realized that it wasn't the medical field that attracted me, it was helping disadvantaged women.

I think you made a very good point about the contrast of the internet as a tool for either good or evil. While it is so possible to engage in technological fraud across the internet, the web is also one of our most powerful advocacy tools. It's good that you finally found your purpose through a voice in media advocacy. Good for you!

Fay

edithasamani's picture

Thanks!

Thanks!

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