Challenges and Barriers into the path of empowerment of My Community
Until I started working on week three lessons I thought human resource is the only barrier and challenge to create a change in my community. However, the biggest challenge and barrier for me is no doubt to arrange human resource but its exchange and besides it is the material resources also (Laptop and other gadgets) which is of greater importance. Negotiations and dialoguing is the basic step but then the major challenge is to find like minded people and to utilize their expertise and share their valued opinion on a particular project. Change can’t happen overnight. Often we need opinion leaders to engage them in certain activities, especially those who have carved a niche in the society so that our target audience first empathise and then listen to them. Many a times it appears impossible to bring in a desired change in a community or its members. It is because change is a slow process and needs patience, endurance and unending efforts to visualize change and its positive effects.
The tactics of engaging like minded people in order to utilize their services and channelizing their energies is the pivotal challenge for me right now. Firstly, I have to know people with similar interests and zeal to work for women empowerment and engage them in my kind of activity. Secondly, I need funds to kick start my work or project and for that matter I need people who have some expertise in fundraising also. Foremost thing which is of utmost importance is the gadgets like laptop and internet connectivity. For me it is a must because in Kashmir we have erratic power and slow internet. I can’t rely on internet cafes always to post the things, so material is also a challenge for me. These things seem very trivial but are actually the biggest challenge for me in creating a change my community.
I believe to overcome these barriers I need to develop human resource and then utilize their services for both sharing of knowledge and fundraising. I need to connect to people, especially women from all the corners of the world, have their stories of success, share these stories and then get their opinion on the issues of concern. This way I can make my community global in nature. Together we can create a platform for debate and discussion irrespective of geographical boundaries, colour, creed or religion. Sharing is the basics of communication and without communication it is unlikely to think of change.
PulseWire is truly a cosmopolitan platform where women give vent to their feelings without any fear or frustration. If I dream of witnessing a colossal change in my community I need to network with a rich human resource already existent on PulseWire. I can find out avenues for myself and for other women in my community who wish to come out of cocoon. Utilizing resources from PulseWire, I can save my time also. The job opportunities and voluntary positions posted on PulseWire can be a good incentive for those who want to restart their lives afresh.