Visions and the Freedom to Bring about Social Change
Every day, I think that things can be better, I can improve something, I can find more time, I can share a little more; I can be a better person, a better mother, a better wife, a better friend. Everything I do, say or think, points to this: That I feel there is more to life than just existing. I want to contribute to knowledge and help find solutions to pertinent problems such as sexual and gender based violence, family conflicts, and weak legal systems.
I want to be an accomplished writer as well as impart knowledge and skills. I want to write about life, and about the law and about celebrating womanhood. I believe that telling my stories and the stories of others would influence how we view ourselves as women and how we deal with our emotions and needs in a very demanding environment that expects us to give up our dreams for others. I wrote plays, short stories and poems as a child and dreamt of being an author. But I write different kinds of stories these days; Essays and articles on social justice, human rights, women empowerment and legal systems. I aim in my writing and discussions with others to stimulate interest in human rights and offer different perspectives in addressing social or legal problems. In order to influence policy, one has to gain credibility both in reputation and qualifications. I hope my desire to pursue a PhD would give me the added boost to achieve my dreams.
My vision for my community is one that has unity of purpose. I live in a country where people are divided by tribe, language or religion. This creates conflict especially when competing for limited resources e.g. water, jobs, etc. However, we share a common heritage of traditional values such as respect for elders, dignity in honest labour, integrity, solidarity, justice and fairness. If only we can focus on the fact that we are all human beings with rights. Then we can work hard to protect those rights and begin to resolve problems of poverty, gender disparity and intolerance. It also means that a community with unity of purpose is better equipped to address governance challenges and lead to establishment of democratic institutions.
I envision a world that is peaceful, free from pollution, an environmental paradise where women as well as men have equal opportunities and recognition. There are so many internal conflicts and wars despite the existence of International and regional frameworks for prevention and resolution of disputes. The increase in rape and sexual assaults during conflicts in Africa show that the risk of sexual violence is high when there is a war. United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions 1320, 1820, 1888, 1889, and 1960 address the issue of women, peace and security. The UNSC resolutions, combined, seek to ‘combat’ sexual violence during conflict, increase women’s participation in mechanisms for prevention, management and resolution of conflict including peace building. Justice institutions like the African Court can be useful instruments for combating injustice and restoring peace in our world.
I want to be one of the Voices of our Correspondent because I want to write about women’s issues and I believe the PulseWire Community of correspondents provides the best platform for achieving this. The PulseWire community is a unique platform that affirms and stimulates women to be better in themselves and whatever they do. It also helps to amplify women’s voices so that we can be collectively heard in public and international forums. Being an online resource, it offers me a cost-effective dissemination tool that can serve as a catalyst for social change that I desire. I want to contribute my own experiences to finding solutions to issues that affect women. I can do this by writing commentaries, articles and sharing information in my journal, in groups and other correspondents’ posts. Most importantly, I would have access to a great community of women across the globe who share similar visions, and who can be part of the transformation I want to see in myself, my community and our world. I would also be source of knowledge and encouragement to others by my words, actions and engagement in the community.