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Creating Change Despite the Challenges

Creating change in my community has been more challenging because of the language barrier between Dutch, the language of the country I now live in, and English, my native language. While I do speak and understand a decent amount of Dutch, not knowing the language to a native level has made getting more involved in the community more of a challenge than if the community had been an English speaking one.

It has also added a barrier to the aspect of unearthing a story. As I read through the journal entries of other participants, I am aware that the stories I can cover in the Netherlands are not as wide-ranging as those from a developing country or conflict zone. However, there are still stories here that need to be told. What lies beneath the relatively calm surface of the Netherlands is much more complex than many realize; from the discrimination faced by Turkish and Moroccan women to the stories of expat women who have come here for love, only to find themselves with very little support, rights and options when the relationship breaks down.

The solutions that I have used to help me overcome these challenges and barriers I face have included getting support from my Dutch speaking boyfriend, working hard to improve my own Dutch level and trying to get involved with groups and activities in the community. These are all areas that I plan to continue with.

I would, however, like to take this further through the support of Pulsewire. In just the three short weeks that I have been involved, I have found tremendous support and motivation amongst the group, both from their own personal stories and from the comments that they have left on my personal journal. The Resource Exchange looks to be an invaluable resource and one that I hope to be able to draw from and offer support to. Also, the community creates an inspiring resource and support system to create ideas and connect with others. I can only imagine how much more valuable research I would have been able to gather when completing my master’s dissertation on labelling in the Netherlands against Moroccan youth, had I had the connections and contacts found at Pulsewire.

I look forward to continuing to be part of the Pulsewire community in order to improve my own community and the communities of other Pulsewire women.

Comments

katyrdz's picture

Hey Heather, nice entry. I

Hey Heather, nice entry. I loved reading it, you are entirely true, there are interesting stories to be told everywhere, sometimes we think nordic countries are all perfection and kind of a paradise to women, but they're not, there are a lot of issues that need covering right there. Keep writing!

Heather Tucker's picture

Hi Katyrdz, Thank you for

Hi Katyrdz,

Thank you for your feedback. You are totally correct, no matter where we are there are stories to be told. :)

Heather

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nadinerose's picture

Good move

Hi Heather,

Although it is difficult to get connected to a community, you are obviously doing all the right things! I look forward to seeing how your journey opens the doors to hearing more of people's stories! People love a listening ear -which you obviously have a gift for!

Heather Tucker's picture

Thank you NadineRose. You

Thank you NadineRose. You are right, it is difficult to get connected to a community but all you can do is keep trying. I hope I have some interesting stories to share soon.

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Mila's picture

Comments on Week 3

Hello Heather,

Thank you for writing. I really appreciated how your explained your personal challenges and solution in dealing with the larger societal problems rather then just the societal issues in general. Being an American in Jordan I call really emphasize with the language barrier issue. Since you are short 100 words, I would have loved to hear a bit more about the "discrimination faced by Turkish and Moroccan women to the stories of expat women who have come here for love, only to find themselves with very little support, rights and options when the relationship breaks down."

Best and good luck with the language classes,
Mila

Heather Tucker's picture

Thank you for the feedback

Thank you for the feedback Mila.

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susa's picture

seeking out stories

Hi Heather,
I appreciated your clear and concise comments on your experience and your interest in seeking out stories that might not seem very dramatic on the surface - but need to be told. The situation for Turkish and Moroccan woman is something I hope you have the opportunity to share with a wider community through your involvement with World Pulse. Any plans to do more with the findings of your dissertation? Seems like we could all benefit from learning from you. All the best to you in your pursuits!
Warm regards,
Susa

Heather Tucker's picture

Hi Susa, Thank you for the

Hi Susa,

Thank you for the feedback and comments. I would like to do more with my dissertation findings, including further research into one of the angles I covered (media reporting) but it is on the back burner at the moment.

Best wishes,

Heather

www.cloggiecentral.com
Twitter: @traineecloggie

lina_hr's picture

Voice of Our Future

Hello,

Well done. You did a good job in explaining your personal experiences. I am still interested to hear more about your plans and future projects on how can you stimulate women engagement through web tools.

Wish you the best!

Volunteer,
Lina

Heather Tucker's picture

Thank you Lina

Thank you Lina

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Twitter: @traineecloggie

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