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AGAINST ALL ODDS

Leadership and decision making all over the world has its own particular characteristics, one feature remains common to all: it is uneven and not conducive for women’s participation. As a result, the most vulnerable in our communities (women and children) have been forced to swallow the ills of their societies without effecting a change that will positively influence their lives.
Sierra Leone (where I live) has a cultural structure that I believe is common to many other African countries. Our culture has so much structured the roles to be played to an extent that the position of the woman has been limited to the kitchen and the man’s bed as a tool for pleasure. It is believed that a woman is fragile and emotionally weak and as a result cannot be firm and assertive in decision making. It is quite a pity that today in Sierra Leone, it is not only the men that share this view. Yes even the women do share this view. The society has molded us in a way that we don’t take our fellow women seriously when it comes to decision making. We always look up to the men for our leadership. This has been a major challenge for us; the very few, that seek to make a change in Sierra Leone. Just how do we speak out? When our male counterparts don’t encourage us to, and our female colleagues give us cold shoulders. Jus how????
Poverty, which has become the tune of the day in Sierra Leone is also a major barrier to our creating change in this country. The average Sierra Leonean Lives on a dollar or less a day. And with the little we earn, we rather focus on barely surviving than “live and make others live”.
The very few of us Sierra Leoneans that are part of this forum and other social net works, are not part because we can afford internet services ( which cost about two dollars/hour), but because we work in offices in which we can take one or two hours off working hours. Having known that I can make my voice heard globally through World Pulse, I will make sure I don’t only speak out, but have others who cannot speak out speak through me. I’ll talk to them, know their concerns, know their plight and get their stories. I’ll publish these on the various social networks that am part of and ask for other friends’ views and contributions which I believe will in turn make a change in my community.

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Jency's picture

Common Thread

The common thread running through all our posts is our own perception of ourselves and the obstinate views of men. It is said that food is God to a hungry man. First poverty needs to be eliminated to facilitate other changes. Are your government and NGOs doing anything to alleviate poverty, one of the MDGs?

Jency

Jammie Victory Abdulai's picture

Hello Jency, As you may have

Hello Jency,
As you may have read in my post, I quite well agree that poverty is a major obstacle in our fight to change our communities and I also agree to its elimination if we have to make a headway in this fight.
coming to your question about our government's contribution in the fight against poverty, I will say theoretically and by policy, they are trying. they make promises to the people, put plans on paper and solicit good donor funds, but extreme poor governance, widespread corruption, and the marginalisation and disempowerment of the rural
communities, have made it look like nothing at all is being done.
As for the NGOs they are doing relatively well. In fact, about 90% of the community empowerment works going on in the rural communities in Sierra Leone today are carried out by the NGOs in those communities.

ChelseaPeil's picture

Community Change

You are specific with how you will effect change in your community and how you in a graceful way use your position to create change, it's honorable.

Chelsea Peil

Jammie Victory Abdulai's picture

thanks for that comment

thanks for that comment Chelsea

Jency's picture

Thanks Jammie for throwing

Thanks Jammie for throwing light on the situation.

Jency

lspano27's picture

It is an admirable thing to

It is an admirable thing to take a stand and represent the voices of the voiceless. You should be proud. Continue spreading the stories.

pheebsabroad's picture

Goals!

It is great that you have such an admirable goal to speak not only for yourself but for those who are unable to speak for themselves. It is admirable that you seek to give voice to all of the disenfranchised as well as yourself. I hope that you are able to continue to speak for those who are either unwilling or unable and slowly, hopefully, things will change!

Pheobe

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