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100 days without rain

Today we completed 100 days without any drop of rain in Brasilia. Tough times. Even with some humidity during the evenings, the vegetation faded out and the grass is so arid that it is not even brown anymore – it is gray. It is also very hard to breath, our eyes burn, our skins are very dry...

There is a common feeling we deeply need water falling from the sky. We need the green back! Lately, this is a typical topic for conversation, either with people we know or the people we do not know. World Pulse has allowed us to talk to people from all over the globe. So today I want to share with you I miss the rain too.

I’ve been reading great ideas for your regional or national situations here. Though, I have not find yet someone with a goal like mine: to bring the political discussion - and I mean mainly to fight corruption - to the core agenda of social development. Women have to be involved because we are the most affected when our governments are fragile and the levels of poverty and inequality are high. But, in general, people do not understand what kind of difficulties women face and why they suffer more than men. Unfortunately, some people consider the feminism only as a way to surpass men’s dominion, as if the gender issues were just a matter of in whose hand’s the power is. The misunderstandings on feminist perceptions make people be unfaithful on the feminist mission.

Therefore, I believe the most critical obstacle for achieving goals as a social worker is the lack of faith. And I can compare this lack of faith to the lack of rain in Brasilia. The dry land represents the things I want to change; the rain is me and the things I believe will help me to overcome misunderstandings – I really mean, the rain=support –; and the flowers and green leaves and grass are the outcomes of a joint movement.

I can't “be the rain” alone. I want all women to be the rain, and make the soil fruitful and green again. We can start with some manifestations that in the beginning seem shy. But then it will gain force in the media and the governors, because they need our votes to keep their seats.

So, for now, the solution I have is to use public spaces (either online or offline), manifestations, and the environment encompassing them – like the rescue of the national sentiment and the excitement of joining the movement and be part of a major change – to start the change I want. World Pulse is included.

It is unbelievable! While I write the last lines of this article, 9:55 pm, the rain starts falling - no kidding! I hear “woohoos”, “it’s raining” and whistles coming from all over the neighborhood. This is nice! The rain smells so good! And tomorrow the colors outside will be different. Dear God, it’s a sign!


Stella Paul's picture

Fighting corruption

Hmm, I am happy to read this. And I would like to share something about my experience of fighting Corruption in the political system. Right now, we have a national movement called 'India Against Corruption', that demands a strong anti-corruption law.

In August, we had a 13-day long, Arab spring- like uprising when the leader of the movement went on a hunger strike
( fast is a Gandhian strategy of non violent protest). It ended with the federal govt bowing down to people and agreeing to introduce the anti-corruption bill into the parliament.

The movement is being carried on 2 grounds - offline and online. I am an active member of the online campaign groups. I use blogging, facebooking and twitting to support the campaign, highlight the scams, corrupt leaders and explain the new draft law. There were few online women activists in the beginning, but now there are thousands of other women volunteers. We also coordinate with the offline activists to keep track of things.

The bill will go for voting in parliament in Dec and when it is passed, India will make history, being one of the few nations to have an anti-graft law of such kind. And women will get their equal share for contributing to it.

I think in your mission, this strategy of online campaigning can fit very well, drawing many others. The important thing is to know which is the issue that most women feel strongly about and once you pick that up, you are likely to see support pouring in.

I wish you many showers of rain and support, so you can harvest a great crop of success!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

Ana Dutra's picture


Dear Stella Paul,

I'm so glad you sent me this message. I've been reading about the big movement in India but it's the first time I read something on women participation. I'll for sure google that to get more info. Thank you so much!!!


sunbo55's picture

God send down the rain

Dear Ann,

This is well written and i agree with you. Women have to take up their cross, be confident and focus on what we actually want. Nobody will celebrate us except we celebrate ourself and act as a strong individual that know what we want and where we are going. to.

We must liberate women and girls through education and economic empowerment.

Ana Dutra's picture

Thank you for the wishes

Dear sunbo55,

nice to hear from you again, have your support and wise words to impulse this work!!! This is so important. Thank you so much!!


pinkypradhan's picture

Sis, I am sure you will be


I am sure you will be successful in bringing about a revolution.I loved reading your entry.Wow , what a beginning.Your passion truly gets reflected. As for the campaign that Stella was referring, through We Care, I was able to yake part in it offline as well. We supported civil society partners and student unions to mobilise people into action in cities such as Guwahati and then alter joined in the larger movement in Delhi. Here is the website, where you can get all the info about the campaign.

However , I also know of a women activist Arundhati Roy, google her, who has strong reservations about the method adopted.You may want to read her side of the story as well...

lets talk more on it, when we meet!!!



Ana Dutra's picture

Pinky, thanks a lot for the

Pinky, thanks a lot for the link. It is really helpful, and soon it will be very useful for me! And it's also great to know about Arundhati Roy. It is always good to hear the counterpoints so we can improve an idea!!

I'm glad you're always there for me, sis! Thanks for everything. Yes, let's talk more in person soon!!

Big hug,

marieb76's picture

very powerful!!

Great job using the the analogy of rain because it truly draws an impactful comparison to fighting against corruption! Keep fighting because you will acheive the goal of having your voice being heard. Strong work :)

Bryne Atkinson

Jasmine Linabary's picture

Very inspiring


Thank you so much for sharing your story and your mission. Your writing is beautiful. Your inclusion of the rain guides it and makes your message all the more powerful.

Keep at it. I'm excited to follow your progress.

In friendship,

Ana Dutra's picture

Jasmine, I'm so glad you like

Jasmine, I'm so glad you like it. Your messages make me want to do more and more!
Thanks for being around!


elizabech's picture

Great job

This was a great piece! I love the way you equated the rain to the way that you can make a change. This metaphor helps engage many communities as agriculture and natural phenomenons are things we all experience and understand. Being without water is very similar to being with out social justice. We all need both of them to thrive.

And of course, it was a great sign that it rained as you finished your piece!

Keep up the great work!


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