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So Here's The Big Idea ...

Stories. Letters strung across a page that can do so much! The world is full of 'em - big ones, little ones, long ones, short ones, sad ones, funny ones, dull ones, bright ones. There are histories, his-stories, and her-stories ...

Women. Mothers, daughters, aunts, nurses, teachers, brokers, bosses, wives, lovers, providers, supporters, helpers, friends ... The hats they wear ... The roles they play, and most importantly, the stories they have to tell.

Sometimes, if you sit still enough for long enough, you can almost hear the world talking ... almost. And sometimes, when you look into a woman's eyes, you can almost see and feel her story ... almost.

For as long as I can remember, I've written. It's a passion, a fascination, an outlet ... a love. I've particularly enjoyed writing in journals and diaries. Sometimes, they are places to record memories, moments, events - to chronicle growth and development.

What if the world didn't have to search a woman's eyes to try to find her story? What if she freely, willingly opened her diary to the world and told them stories they wouldn't otherwise know? What if that story so gripped the hearts and imaginations of men that it revolutionised their perspectives, attitudes, lives? What if it completely redefined journalism as we know it? What if that story was multiplied by hundreds, thousands, millions?

What I want - what I've always wanted - is real simple: to change my world, one story at a time.

I believe in the power of the written, spoken, read and heard word. And, obviously, so does WorldPulse. I want to develop the versatility to tell any woman's story from any corner of the globe so well that her voice will not be misrepresented, misunderstood, ignored, or worse, unheard. I want to compile a set of diaries that reflect the heart of WOMAN - a powerful collection of stories from around the world. I know I have to start small. I know I have to start where I'm planted, so the immediate desire is to reveal the untold stories of the Jamaican woman.

Being a VOF participant allows me the chance to be a more effective tool. I can be sharpened, recalibrated (where necessary), smoothed out and learn how to do the job with grace, beauty, strength, femininity. And as I learn, I can also teach. As I receive, I can also impart. I can be part of the beautiful cycle of positive, everlasting change - a thunderstorm, if you will - that starts with the incredibly remarkable power of one.


YAOtieno's picture

Her stories

Nice piece.I am high on giving back so I particularly liked this bit - And as I learn, I can also teach. As I receive, I can also impart. I can be part of the beautiful cycle of positive, everlasting change - a thunderstorm!!!

Looking forward to reading more of her stories from you,



A candle looses nothing my lighting another

ruthibelle's picture

Yay YAO!!

I strongly believe in the law of sowing where you reap, so others can reap as well. It's good to give back as you receive.

Looking forward to telling more stories as well. And to hearing yours.


comfy's picture


beautiful piece, Ruthbelle! Your write up was nostalgic! It brought back memories of my teen years when I wanted to be another Bertha M. Clay and write books which told stories of the everyday challenges being faced my women. You are right about the diary stuff you know. All the diaries I kept through my teen and early adult years clearly tell my struggles, adjusting to my new identity as a woman. I can hardly wait for you to start!


ruthibelle's picture

Vision for Women

Thanks comfy. I agree about the diary stuff, and that's what I'd like to see more of. We see a lot of hard news pieces without any real context. No sense of a person or personality - just a news subject. I want to change that, and give a face to women so that they are heard in a more wholistic way.


Maggs's picture


I so share your vision. I cannot wait to read all those stories. I do see us working together in the near future. I like the rhythm of your writing - undulating and strong. It always reminds me of poem, a good heartfelt poem.


ruthibelle's picture

Awww ....

Thanks Maggs. I SOOO appreciate that. And I really look forward to the collaboration too :)


Noriah Ismail's picture

Your goals are commendable!

Your goals are commendable and your voice is powerful.

Thank you for sharing your vision with us.

Dr.Noriah Ismail
Senior Lecturer
Academy of Language Studies
UiTM Segamat Johor

Stella Paul's picture

Nothing left

Everyone said everything!!! How unfair!!!
But wait, there is still something left: Best of luck! :) :)
Waiting to see you as a VOF. But, and don't hit me for saying so, do I care if that doesn't happen? No!!! You already are something bigger for me - Voice of Jamaica. Will wait to hear it again and again!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

ruthibelle's picture


Stella, you're awesome! Full stop. You are a phenomenal woman and I wish YOU all the best. :)


AmyC's picture

So much potential and beauty

So much potential and beauty - you are certainly inspired and inspiring.

Good luck!

ruthibelle's picture

thanks much

Every now and then I restate the point that one of the things I really appreciate about WP is the overwhelming kindness and sense of kinship that I've found. Thanks for being so generous :)


MaDube's picture

And a 'more effective tool'

And a 'more effective tool' you shall be. Inspiring piece Ruth.

plattem's picture

I completely agree with what

I completely agree with what you say about the power of words.

Good luck with your vision!

All the best,


AchiengNas's picture

Good piece

This is well written, I love your approach of one story at a time. If I perceived you well, you have so many stories to tell the world.They are sealed in your book of record, in your diary. I can't wait to read them as I will be following you.
Good luck in your journey!

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