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Women of Destiny

How does one grow up to be one of the WORLD’S MOST ADMIRED WOMEN? How does one set a course from humble beginnings to find one’s self on a platform of impact and achievement regarding issues that matter in their generation, for the sake of their generation and generations to come? Obviously it’s not a course you set; it’s a place you find yourself sometime down the road of life, having followed DESTINY’s unquenchable and undeniable passion.

As a 39 year old Congolese woman, I’m finding myself down Destiny’s road a ways. And my sights are NOT set on being one of the world’s most admired women, but to CHANGE FOREVER THE FUTURE FOR WOMEN IN MY COUNTRY. I’ve founded a company that will own and operate a nationwide Broadcast Television and Internet Services business in this mostly unconnected nation of 70,000,000 people. My company has been granted licensing for three TV channels and all manner of Internet Services, including VoIP telephony, IP-TV, etc. I have an internationally renowned technology provider partnering with me. And while that may be impressive to some, it means little to me unless these powerful mediums can be leveraged to reach THE GOAL.

And having become a member of the World Pulse SOLUTION network, I have an idea: What if my company partnered with World Pulse to develop a strategy to address the plight of women in this nation? What if in collaboration with the visionary solutionists of World Pulse we began to develop programming content that gives GRAPHIC VOICE to the violence perpetrated against women in acts of war, in our tribal cultures, and in mainstream society. What if we began to give graphic voice to the dehumanization of handicapped women and girls and the horrific violence perpetrated against them? What if we began to do documentaries on the fact that there are tens of thousands of reported yet uninvestigated, therefore unprosecuted rape cases? And then followed up on the Justice Department’s inevitable response as cases are worked through ‘the system’?

What if we did pieces on ‘women in government’ and ‘women in the work place’, profiling their numbers, their positions, their voice in those positions, their salaries, and THEIR PERSONAL STORIES?

What if WE began to give national voice to the women of this country, their ideas, their contributions, their SOLUTIONS? Would that change the Pulse of DRC? What impact would that have on the World Pulse?

When the book is written, they may include for texture the fact that I contracted polio at the age of two and so used a stick to pole-vault my way through the hardships of life here until finally graduating with my second Accounting degree, that I served my country in many roles including Chief Advisor to the nation’s Minister of Gender and Family. But I can tell you that all balloting aside, in the end, the only thing that will have mattered is how WE MATTERED for women in my country, and yours.

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jadefrank's picture

We matter!

Neema,

This is so exciting to hear - and YES! World Pulse is interested in exploring how we can give voice to women in DRC and hear their solutions, as well as share their solutions with the world.

YES YES YES!

Let's definitely talk more about this sister! I will be in touch via email.

xoxo
Jade

Neema's picture

We matter!

Whatever we're imagining now, may what we experience be GREATER.

With special regard for you my sister,

Neema

ck's picture

great vision

Hi Neema,

What a great vision, that is already a budding reality, you have! If you manage to do even half of what you want, you will leave the world, especially your country, a much better place.

Go, sister!

Carol

ck

Neema's picture

great vision

Thank you for your encouraging feedback Carol. And I know you meant what you said to be taken in the best light, and I take it that way. But I just want to comment on the other side of it and say, if WE only manage to accomplish half of what WE want then WE have missed an incredible opportunity to change the future for OUR gender in Congo and the rest of the world. For this is not merely a vision, but an EXPECTATION. And to round it up I will add that I fully expect REALITY to EXCEED my expectation. For this is our TIME and our OPPORTUNITY. Let's us NOT miss it by relegating what's compelling us as merely, vision, but as it is in reality - only that point on the horizon that we are yet able to visualize. And WE will be pushing past that.

Together, sister.

KaitlynMalk's picture

Beautiful!

Neema, you have a gift! You have a beautiful voice and I loved reading your story. I love your ideas and how you are fighting to give women a voice in DRC. I pray that you can be successful in your mission and I wish you the best of luck. You certainly have my support!

Kaitlyn

Neema's picture

Beautiful!

Thank you so much for your prayers and your support Kaitlyn. May they have divine impact!

Neema

akaneko's picture

Dear Neema, Your post is an

Dear Neema,

Your post is an inspiration! Your drive and passion to work for others is clear and powerful. Your personal vision for how World Pulse and your company can work together to foster real and lasting change for women in your country sounds amazing and i hope that it is realized. Thank you for sharing your voice with us - the world is so fortunate to have women like you!

Alison

Neema's picture

Dear Neema

Thank you so much Alison. I appreciate your encouragement.

Ruth Beedle's picture

And what is WE help men learn

And what is WE help men learn their solemn responsibility to help/allow/encourage/support women to fully and safely and productively live their lives outside of the bounds of fear and torment and violence? You have a voice that resonates clearly and beautifully and I love your ideas and thoughts.

Write on!!!

Neema's picture

And what if WE help men learn...

Yes Ruth, what if...

What if MEN were to realize that THEY were especially enabled BECAUSE they have been given the GREATER responsibility? What if UNDERSTANDING suddenly illuminated that darkened doorway of ALL APPARENT SENSE and caused them to SEE what a TRAGIC and horrendous error they have made in how they have NOT served their wives and daughters? SERVED you DARE say? Well, the GREATEST of ALL MEN said that whosoever will be greatest AMONG YOU will be servant of all. And ‘even I did not come to be served, BUT TO SERVE.’

What if it were to suddenly DAWN on men that they have WASTED sooo much capital resource by enslaving it rather than ENABLING it (leaving alone the unspeakable, unconscionably animalistic acts of violence committed against their weaker, custodial charge)? Well, THAT would be a New Day, wouldn’t it Ruth?

But as it is, and as understanding HAS illumined OUR doorway of all apparent sense, we will step out of THEIR shadow and walk in the LIGHT that has DAWNED on our consciousness. And while it is not our intention to enslave or even dominate, I have a feeling that as we walk things out, we will find ourselves often, LEADING the way into THAT ENLIGHTENED MIND.

Thanks for giving me another couple hundred words Ruth, to run with that thought.

Neema

Ruth Beedle's picture

From your mouth to God's

From your mouth to God's ears!
Amen.

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