My vision for women
My vision for myself, my community and the world at large has always been to run a business where the employees are solely women. That is after my years of active service as a journalist.The reason for this is not far fetched. Aside from providing women a basic source of income in an environment free from sexual harrasssment, I also see it as an opportunity to mentor women and empower them financially, intellectually, spiritually aand otherwise.
In recent times, there has been an alarming increase in my country of sexual violence against women and all manner of sexually related crimes like defilement of minors and incest. Lots of women fall victim because they have not being empowered to free themselves from the bondage society has placed them in just because they are women.
There are young girls in my society who were forced to have sex with their fathers just so their fathers could pay their school fees; this is a daily occurrence happening in many homes. Now if those girls had a source of livelihood, would they have allowed themselves be subjected to such an indignity?
Others go the way of prostitution while in the Colleges to sponsor their education not because their fathers couldn't afford their fees, but because they chose not to pay their fees because they are women. Those girls who refused to toe the line are abused by their parents, verbally and physically. The sad thing is there is no support group to turn to for help. Even when some are courageous enough to take their problems to religious leaders, they meet a brick wall as their fathers are never cautioned or threatened.
The general concessus in my society is that a pretty woman never lacks. This mentality is drilled into our girls right from the home and they are taught by their mothers to become sexual objects and toys for entertainment either to their fathers or other men in the society. The end result is that we have a generation of abused women who have no minds of their own and no image but depend on their men for self esteem.
The Voices of Our Future will go a long way in helping my vision because even without starting my business, I can always direct women desirious of change to pulsewire to learn, equip themselves and most importantly, expose these evils to the world. Our men are not scared of committing any crime against women because most often than not, their victims would help cover up the same crime. No man is a fountain of knowledge and despite my exposure as a journalist, I believe the Voices of our Future will open up better means of self expression which I may never have considered which will be of great help in my quest for women empowerment.