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It's not enough to dream, taking action

it's back to school in Madagascar, these women and their children come to receive clothing and school supplies from an association called Les Colombes. This one helps single mothers and children in difficulties.

When I was a little girl, I had a dream: to live in a world more better than where I spent my childhood. Being a girl from a poor family with an alcoholic father who beat my mother every day, I suffered a lot. I remember well the day our father tried to hit our mom with an ax. I was only 14 years old, with two younger brothers and a sister. We kept all our strength to control him, if not, we experienced the worst nightmare of our lives. Mom took refuge in a barn and has fear of being killed. She had not even afraid to go out while it was mid night. Since that day, I do not understand the behavior of a men against a person, that they chose as their wife.

This is one of our family secret that I reveal here, to share with you the bad experience in which I lived. This situation has affected my personality: Getting back on itself and is regarded as inferior compared to the other. It destroyed my life because I didn’t finish my studies at university. I could not stand the look of the other students because I was not well dressed and did not change shoes throughout the academic year. I had an inferiority complex.

Dammage! I stopped my studies. This is the biggest mistake that I made because until now I regret this decision. It's true that I took professional training and I have a job but It’s enough. I found myself in the place of performers who obey only to the orders of my boss.

So if you ask me now what is my vision for the future, the answer is clear: back to teh high scholl, assist and encourage women to learn to read and to write. I sincerely hope to establish centers for illiterate women in the countryside, those who really miss in Madagascar.

I think of setting up cooperatives to those already have professional activities. These cooperatives can work with its counterparts in foreign countries. So there will be a reciprocal exchange and mutual support between women.
I hope that women and girls have more rights in a more informed country where there’s no discrimination, no submissions, no contempt.

I have a long-term vision and making the road together, I think we will have success and we will able to do something for our sisters, our mothers, our friends. The task is difficult but as long as you have faith and courage, we can work wonders. Indeed it is the unity that is strength.
In short: I would like to become a fighter for women's rights.

To catch my mistakes, I started in 2011 to VOF another challenge to myself. Always move forward, and to instill, we must move beyond our fears, our timidity and obstacles. I hope with all my heart that my participation will be a key to the success of my vision.

Become a correspondent Pulsewire is my biggest dream now because: first, I will contribute to the development of the empowerment of women in my country and I would be their spokesperson for the world to hear. Secondo, Being the correspondent of the network requires a lot of responsibility and hard work so I would be more involved in our common goals in the profits of the woman. And in the end, as a journalist for 11 years, I intend to enrich and share my experiences.
Sincerly, to be direct, I can not reach my vision alone. I need working with you. Your advices, your supports, your encouragements are significants.

Comments

Stella Paul's picture

All the best

I wish you lots of luck for becoming a VOF. May you become a chosen one!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

zacyrus's picture

thank you

thank you very much. I really hope to be chosen.
I wish the same luck for every one who participate in VOF 2011.

RIana

Okeny-Lucia's picture

You are strong dear

Hey
Sister,this is moving story,well thought and put.Your burden of guilt is half gone.In counselling I see that you are a person with great aspirations from within and that sharing has healed you,mentally.The rest is for you to reach out to women in need who may die wanting to talk because of abusive realtionship,they will keep quiet.Madagscar is a great country ,with beaches.I am hoping for the best ,that with your strength you will go far.
Thank you for this deep and soul searching experience you have gone through.I am sincerely impressed with your courage.

Lucia Buyanza
Reproductive Health

zacyrus's picture

thanks a lot

thank you for your attention to me and to my article. I know in my life, the road is still long, especially to help my fellow, who remains silent, and refuses to get up for fear of repression or exclusion.
I agree with you, do pasa regret what has already been done. What is important to move forward and look ahead.

I thank you again
riana

MaDube's picture

I say there is no room for

I say there is no room for regrets, you lived through a tough time and here you are. You came out of it strong and you are standing up for yourself and other women in your community. Do not continue to underestimate your own power and self worth and yes you can move beyond your timidity, fear and obstacles. I have enjoyed reading your stories and with my little knowledge of Madagascar's human rights record I would say you are doing great a job because your country needs you. All the best dearest.

zacyrus's picture

I Try to be strong for us

Thank you very much my dear friend.
Like life is only passing, I will be strong and try to overcome my fears and shyness, which are sometimes obstacles for my future. As I am now single mother of two children, I know I must have another look at our lives. I will show everyone that being a woman is exceptional and extraordinary.

Rakiba's picture

Touched my heart..!!

I could feel your stories as I am also someone who has a dominating dad,who never thought about my mom and us and always decided what to do for us,whether it was wrong or right.And we,including my mother had to accept it with the fear that he might threw out us from his house if we did not obey him.This is also one of my family secret ...
Fears has gripped from every corner from my very childhood.But,Pulsewire helped me,giving a huge platform for me to share my thoughts and also connect with you people around the globe..

Thanks dear,
Rakiba

zacyrus's picture

we need to be courageous

it's very nice of you for taking the time to read my story. yes, right now pulsewire is a way to overcome my fears, my shyness, my complex because of the domination of our father.
we have no right to judge because it was part of the nature of a man.
we have a duty to change this mindset and educate women and men together.
thank you again
riana

aimeeknight's picture

Hello Riana, Thank you for

Hello Riana,
Thank you for sharing your story, It's inspiring to see your hopes for the future. You said that you have been a journalist for eleven years, so I read more about you and your accomplishments. Sometimes we can only see our strengths through another persons eyes, you have so much to be proud of! I'm glad that you found World Pulse and will be sharing your personal growth with us.
Best of luck in your journey,

"One shoe can change a life" ~ Cinderella

zacyrus's picture

thank you very much. It's

thank you very much. It's true that we don't find our strenght without amnother person eyes. I'm so happy that you read my articles.
I'm very glad too; to become a member of the pulse community. i't very significant in our struggle for women right. I think togethher we can do something for our friends, our sisters and our mothers.
I think that to be journalist is very important because with my job I am able to denounced or informe the population about human and women right.
Thank you again
Riana

zacyrus's picture

thank you very much. It's

thank you very much. It's true that we don't find our strenght without amnother person eyes. I'm so happy that you read my articles.
I'm very glad too; to become a member of the pulse community. i't very significant in our struggle for women right. I think togethher we can do something for our friends, our sisters and our mothers.
I think that to be journalist is very important because with my job I am able to denounced or informe the population about human and women right.
Thank you again
Riana

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