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A light in the sky

World Pulse. A light in the sky

When I look back at myself some years ago I see a young girl exploring her community and her world for the first time, through her eyes full of dreams. I still have those dreams well kept in my mind. However, when I was younger I couldn’t really understand that a lot of things were wrong in my community. Now I am aware of negative aspects of my world and I am ready to improve them and to help people living in a better way. I still have dreams but I have real projects, too.
I feel that everyone in his/her community has a role. I found my personal role in writing and informing people about both injustices and good examples. I do believe that written pages have a really strong power and they can really change people’s lives.

My aim is to write about women who have stories that need to be spread. I want to write about every woman who needs to tell something important to her community. I want to write about the baby, the young girl, the unemployed woman, the mom, the grandma, the worker, the bride, the daughter, the niece, and the sister. I want to write about the girl who never left her country and the woman who is always travelling. I want to write about the girl who cannot study because she has no money and about the scientist who discovered a new therapy to treat cancer.

However I do know that written words are not enough to make a real change. Written words are the starting point. Afterwards something else has to be done. I imagine this “something else” as a community of people who discuss about ideas and make these ideas become real. I think of World Pulse as the place where good ideas can be discussed to find solutions and to make people aware of injustices in their societies. I do trust in communication as the most effective tool to make a better world. We have a voice, we have million of voices and we have to use them to communicate with people and to change our lives. World Pulse should be our tool.

For the first time in my life I feel that I can really discuss about women within an international community, I feel that my world is the same as other people’s world. People from every corner have same aims, dreams, and injustices to fight against. Italy is India, Ghana, Colombia, and Siberia. Italian women are Americans, Brazilians, Germans, and Chinese. During last weeks we raised so important discussions in our World Pulse community, I do want to be part of it to discuss more and more and to learn from my fellow writers.

My country is part of the “developed world”, we are part of that small piece of world that has no to fight to have food, water, and medical care. Italian women are still struggling for their rights, though. Italian women face different problems compared to Ethiopian women, for instance, but still they need help from the international community, they need to discuss their ideas, they need new projects to make their lives better. Being part of Voices of Our Correspondent could help me and my fellow Italians to find solutions, discuss problems, and make our ideas become real. World Pulse is my inspiration. World Pulse is the whole world into a community of women who have same aims and dreams.
Last four weeks have been an incredible turning point in my personal perspective on women’s issues. Since beginning of September I started broadening my mind on women’s lives around the world and on their projects, problems, and achievements.

I think of World Pulse as a light starting into the ground and going up in the sky. As a light in the sky, people from every corner can see it. As a light in the sky World Pulse can give people confidence and peacefulness. I would like to be part of this light to give my community new hopes.

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Jessica Carmen's picture

Unity

I love how you say, "Italy is India, Ghana, Colombia, and Siberia. Italian women are Americans, Brazilians, Germans, and Chinese." This is so true and it is important for us to be reminded of this always. Yes, the particulars can vary, but who we are as people does not.

You are part of the World Pulse light and your passion shines through in your writing!

elenaroda's picture

Thank you very much, Jessica!

Thank you very much, Jessica!

jbaljko's picture

Light the way

Elenaroda,

I agree with Jessica's comments. You're right in saying that, regardless of origin and cultural background, women the world over have the same need for support, togetherness, and idea-sharing. The work you're doing is and will be an important step in move women ahead.

You mention writing as a starting point to raising awareness. What particular topics are you interested in writing about (for example, women's rights, education, sharing divine feminine wisdom)? What issues in Italy would you focus on, which issues could be good starting points for opening the conversation among women here and in the Western world?

Looking forward to reading more and following you on World Pulse,
Jenn

"The secret of happiness is freedom,
and the secret of freedom, courage."
-Thucydides, ancient Greek historian & author

elenaroda's picture

Dear Jenn, thank you so

Dear Jenn, thank you so much.

I am particularly interested in writing about education because I think that education and culture (in its widest meaning) are the most powerful tools against discrimination.

Concerning my country, I do believe in Italian women, in their (our!) sensitivity and strenght of will. I would focus on labor market, childcare, and opportunities. I do think that "women and jobs" could be an interesting starting point to rise important issues.

Thank you!

Elena

jbaljko's picture

Hi Good ideas! The overriding

Hi
Good ideas! The overriding themes of women, jobs and education is a good place to start drilling down. Lots of different angles to pursue. Good luck! Looking forward to reading more.
Jenn

"The secret of happiness is freedom,
and the secret of freedom, courage."
-Thucydides, ancient Greek historian & author

Thank you for your insights. I'm sure that through World Pulse, your writing can help spark off important conversations and ideas for change.

I would love to hear more about the challenges you feel Italian women face.

-Stephanie

elenaroda's picture

Dear Stephanie, thank you so

Dear Stephanie,

thank you so much!

Italian women are fighting against so many obstacles... We are facing big challenges, gender equality is not a reality in my country. Politics is only for men (women in politics are a small number. Some of women politicians are part of Belusconi's entourage that means they used to work in the entertainment world as models, soubrettes, etc.)

Being mom while working is one of the most difficult challenges we are facing. If you have a baby and your parents cannot take care of your child, many times you have to quit your job. This always occurs in the mom's case, never in the dad's one...

What about your country?

Thank you so much,

Elena

Stephanie Roth Gurung's picture

Hi Elena, Definitely in the

Hi Elena,

Definitely in the US there are inequalities - for example women on average earn 77 cents for ever dollar men make. That is a pretty large wage difference between men and women. Also I believe women could have better maternity leave policies here to make having and raising children, but still keeping a career, easier to manage.

-Stephanie

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