I have a voice, I am a voice
what is your personal vision for your life, your community and/or the world
The first time my life ceased to take the path that had been laid out for me was the day my mentor, my hero died. My granddad inspired me to not only thrive to be the first but to also be the best that I can be. The day he died I knew pain and I stopped dreaming. I let life slide by as if I was just a spectator in my own life and it all went downward from then on. I dropped out of university and went on a journey of self-destruction which ended me with a cheating abusive husband. But even as all that happened, I never stopped caring. And I never stopped empathising with other young women in even worse situations than I was. But I got to realise something. I got myself into that situation because I never had a support structure to help me overcome the pain and I never spoke up when I was being abused because I had grown dependant on a man and therefore had given him power over my life and my being. So when I finally found my voice I knew that my future involved providing support structures for those that are hurting and seeing them through their pain, somehow and fighting for the total economic empowerment of women so that they won’t be dependent on anyone who would then have control of their lives and do to them anything they want because they hold all the cards. I want to see a world where women can amplify their voices even louder. I am fighting to see those young women from the rural areas claim a place in society that will elevate them and give them a voice. I am working to see other citizen journalists emerge from rural Zimbabwe and speak out against injustices they are subjected to and let the world know. But above all this, I want to write women stories of inspiration, because it’s not always about the pain. Out of all that pain is born a strength that can move the world so I want to see emerge a generation of strong women who have overcome their pain and grown from it.
Why do you want to be a voices of our future correspondent and how will this help you achieve your vision
I want to be voices of our future correspondent because I have a voice; I am a voice of the future generations. I speak out against the present injustices so my children can walk around with their heads held high. I am the resounding voice of women that find themselves in unfair situations. I write that they may be heard, but I also want them to write about what they are going through. I want to be trained to train them to tell those stories that can never be seen in mainstream media, stories that are seen as not news worthy but it’s their stories and they are not making any news, they are documenting their lives. As voices of our future correspondent I will be able to reach out to the global audience and give my small community an opportunity for growth. I see the pain and I lives amidst the injustices and sometimes I think I am not strong enough to fight anymore but having access to a mentor will give me an opportunity to share the burden and it will give me the support structure that I lacked in the first place. Being able to share my challenges will make the journey all the more fulfilling, but I know that even if I am not a correspondent I still have a support structure on pulsewire that transcends borders, cultural differences and even generation gaps. I have a voice, and I am a voice of the future.