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Give women a chance because a different future is possible for Somalia

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My vision for my life and my community is a very bright and peaceful one. A different future is possible for Somalia. I would like to contribute to the creation of a community that has the skills and the commitment to discuss hard social issues and solve tough problems cooperatively and peacefully. I would like to take action and do my part in this possibility. I would like to take a big part in what the future will bring to my community. I want to turn my dream into a vision for everyone to see in my community. I want to inspire them to also dream, and to dream big. I would like to unite other powerful courageous female voices who believe in the power and possibility of a peaceful Somalia. Women who feel that it is time to do what they feel deep down in their hearts needs to done in order to improve the situation in our community and indeed country. A change is needed so as to halt the current wave of death and destruction that the country has ever known the past 25 years. A change is needed to change and protect our daughters and sisters from sexual abuse and torture and our sons from being forced to becoming child soldiers and dying very young. A change is needed so as to relocate the more 2 million Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs) living in and the outskirts of Somalia. A different future is possible for Somalia. A lot of possibilities await the women of my community; women whom I know can move mountains but currently are not doing so or are not aware of their full potential. Somali women have to come together as agents of change and not victims of war. I see a different future for Somalia. I see a different future for our youth who have grown up knowing only war and violence, and who are convinced the only way to resolve an issue is through the gun. I see a brighter, violence-free, disaster-free and progressive Somalia. I really do see this possibility. But we have to work towards it and someone has to start somewhere. I think we should all invest in this bright future, at any cost.

The famous Anthropologist Margaret Mead once said ‘never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has’. We have to give women a chance because a different future is possible for all Somalis living in Somalia. We can have a different leadership for the future in Somalia. Yes we can and I would like to take the lead in developing and communicating this vision to a small group of Somali women who have a very good and in-depth understanding of the situation and context. The women will each have a different role to play and make sure that they each do their part. Women are known to multiply what they are given. Women are natural builders, constructors and multipliers of knowledge, resources and everything else. The fact that I am in Somalia and already on the ground will be an added value. Also the fact that I am already discussing the vision I have for my community with VOF members is also a good beginning. I have spoken to several persons about my vision and they have all been supportive of the idea. Becoming one of the Voices of Our Correspondents will help me achieve my goal in that VOF can be an excellent platform where Somali women can meet, engage in dialogue, create synergies, mobilize resources and plan for the future. Together we are stronger, together we have a louder voice and together we are more indeed more visible. Together we can brainstorm about we can reach out to our communities to take ownership of this vision. I have seen some very outspoken Somali women right here on World Pulse -some of whom are also living in my Somali and we need to unite and explore more how we can use our vision to lead, mobilize and inspire as much as possible other people who are not in the same country as us, so that other (Somali) women who want to join us in making our vision a reality, may also do so.

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Your vision is inspiring. I have no doubt that Somali women can make a positive change. Go on friend!!

Grace Ikirimat

"It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success."


Sahro's picture

Thank you!

Thank you so much Ikirimat!
Your comment means alot.

Founder of the We Are The Generation Of Possibilities Movement #WeAreTheGenerationOfPossibilities #Somalia
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sahro
WorldPulse Community Advisory Board Member
Goodwill Ambassador Globcal at: https://www.facebook.com/301986015

amiesissoho's picture

Solidarity

Hi Sahro,

Starting with a small group of committed women with sincerity without selfishness is all you need to stand by your vision. Don't give up because the challenges are more than you can image but it is the power to make a difference that is stronger and greater.

regards,

Amie

Sahro's picture

Thanks!

Thank you very Amie!

Founder of the We Are The Generation Of Possibilities Movement #WeAreTheGenerationOfPossibilities #Somalia
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sahro
WorldPulse Community Advisory Board Member
Goodwill Ambassador Globcal at: https://www.facebook.com/301986015

BlueSky's picture

Having Eyes to See

Well said Sahro: "A lot of possibilities await the women of my community; women whom I know can move mountains but ...are not aware of their full potential." And because you SEE in them what they do not (yet see), your perspective will not only enlighten, but inspire them. Lead on, sister.

Neema

Sahro's picture

Than you Neema!

Thank you so much Neema. Your words mean lot.♥

Founder of the We Are The Generation Of Possibilities Movement #WeAreTheGenerationOfPossibilities #Somalia
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sahro
WorldPulse Community Advisory Board Member
Goodwill Ambassador Globcal at: https://www.facebook.com/301986015

YAOtieno's picture

Positive energy

Love your positive energy and I totally agree with everything you have written. Somali deserves a chance

Cheers,

Y

A candle looses nothing my lighting another

Zuhur's picture

All the best :)

Hey Sahro,

Thanks for dreaming big for Somalia :) I pray that Insha'Allah peace, prosperity and progress comes back to Somalia. Work hard in what you are doing/ want to do and don't give up. Its your efforts multiplied that will make a difference.

Driven from Within

Sahro's picture

Thank you Zuhur!

Thank you Zuhur!

Founder of the We Are The Generation Of Possibilities Movement #WeAreTheGenerationOfPossibilities #Somalia
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sahro
WorldPulse Community Advisory Board Member
Goodwill Ambassador Globcal at: https://www.facebook.com/301986015

RosemaryC's picture

Yes, yes, yes!

Dear Sahro:

This is a wonderful vision and I salute you for dreaming it and for starting to put it into action. Do please continue to believe in yourself and your power to create change.

Two years ago, I did some research in Hargeisa that involved asking people how they had built peace, and I was so struck by the powerful role women played in that process. While it was the men who met 'under the tree', the women found ways to express their views.(Not to mention that the women were the ones who organized the meeting space, the accommodation and the food for the men during these discussions.)

One woman explained to me that at one such gathering, the women stayed by the door and when a man tried to leave before consensus was reached, they would push him back inside. Another woman said that the womens groups put forward their ideas about sustainable peace to one of the big meetings at which key decisions were made that led to the creation of the Somaliland government; in fact, they were invited to read the letter in person. One of their concerns was the need for proper policing, and when the men agreed to form a police force, it was the women traders in the Hargeisa market who contributed the money to pay for the police uniforms. (People in Somaliland needed to do things for themselves, with their own resources, as the international community focused its attention and its money on Somalia and provided little help to people in Somaliland.)

The women were very clear that they had played many key roles in building peace, even if their role was most often 'behind the curtains', as one woman leader put it. She explained that because women work for communities, not just for the clan, they took it upon themselves to speak with the militias, to explain that people needed to consult together and make peace agreements. One woman by herself collected more than 800 guns from militia members.

One man who was a former teacher explained to me that in Somali culture, women had always been ambassadors between and among the tribes, because marriage into another clan created a strong link between those two clans.

I met so many powerful, strong and very well spoken women in Hargeisa who had been an equal part of building peace there, and your words and vision remind me of them. I wish you courage and strength in achieving your vision!

Kind regards,
Rosemary

Sahro's picture

Thank you very much

Thank you very much Rosemary!
I read about the women in Somaliland's role in wht Somaliland is today.
They inspired me and many other Somali women to do the same.
Trully remarkable...

Thank you for sharing that piece with me and for wishing me luck!

Peace and love, sahro

Founder of the We Are The Generation Of Possibilities Movement #WeAreTheGenerationOfPossibilities #Somalia
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sahro
WorldPulse Community Advisory Board Member
Goodwill Ambassador Globcal at: https://www.facebook.com/301986015

CaitlinLO_Brien's picture

It is wonderful seeing

It is wonderful seeing someone who is so ready to get to work! I believe you will be able to accomplish great things!

Caitlin

Sahro's picture

Thank you!

Thank you!

Founder of the We Are The Generation Of Possibilities Movement #WeAreTheGenerationOfPossibilities #Somalia
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sahro
WorldPulse Community Advisory Board Member
Goodwill Ambassador Globcal at: https://www.facebook.com/301986015

AchiengNas's picture

Smiles

Sahro, I am your namesake in the sunshine beat of it. If you were born smiling, I guess you will smile the rest of your life. I can not avoid smiling with you because I am also trapped here!
Your vision is very sustainable - creating a community that has the skills and the commitment to discuss hard social issues and solves tough problems in cooperation and peace, this is a strong movement of unstoppable impact. Go girl!
Good luck in the journey, I look forward to read more of your articles.

I believe everybody has the potential to live a better life. Given the Opportunity, Education and Motivation ANYONE can become someone admirable. Nobody is a NOBODY, everybody is SOMEBODY.

Sahro's picture

Thank you so much! I have

Thank you so much!
I have been following you and your adventurous achievements!!
You make us trully proud!

Thank you for your encouraging words!
Peace and love, sahro

Founder of the We Are The Generation Of Possibilities Movement #WeAreTheGenerationOfPossibilities #Somalia
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sahro
WorldPulse Community Advisory Board Member
Goodwill Ambassador Globcal at: https://www.facebook.com/301986015

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