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Hello New York!

I didn’t feel like a stranger or a traveler in USA, I felt I am among family and old friends. My family is bigger now with World Pulse team in it. I met a number of World Pulse correspondents in New York, they were colorful and each woman was amazingly unique, each woman has a story of strength and determination that inspired my visions. New York seemed a city of Yin & Yang, the shadow and light, full of different and contradicted forces pushing toward each others. NY is full of overwhelming energy and so was our tour. I met World Puls’s big chief Jansine; I was amazed and inspired by her passion for World Pulse and her vision, a strong and a gentle woman warrior. I met the two women who will be with me in the tour, my friends Neema and Stella, whom I have deep respect and share with them so many things in common, one is speaking with our own voices and trying to make the world hears us.

When I was in school I was fond of the school’s morning broadcast, I never had any problem to stand in front of many people and sing, talk and even organize a contest. Somehow, I started to lose this ability of facing the world fearless and joyful after I went to life’s school. In New York, my first two days were spent in discovering the true me, to emancipate my real essence which was hidden inside my own Labyrinth, to start breaking down fear and go back to the time when I was a little girl that once faced the world with courage and happiness. A very wonderful person coached me to do so. Sometimes I felt that my heart was hanging by a thread and I had to hold it with my hands before the thread cuts. Sometimes the unleashed memories went wild and I had to stay whole and firm to defend my current being and presence.

My first event took place at UN office where a number of women from UN Women and other organizations came to listen to our stories and contemplate on the solutions; especially solutions can be generated by the web 2.0 and social media. It was emotional for me to speak about the situation in Syria, remembering all the people and places I love, and is in turmoil now. I was concerned that among my emotional upheaval that I would forget what I want to say, but I carried on and the thoughts continue to spring in my mind, the upheaval brought ideas and words up to my head and tongue. Then we went to central park where I found half of New Yorkers jogging there. Every city should have a huge park inside it, for the ecosystem in the city and for our human nature, I believe too many cement can deprive us from our feelings.

The next day we were part of an event in NYU. The audience was bigger and more diverse. There were students, philanthropists, World Pulse members and women from all walks of life. The three of us delivered our messages and opened many eyes and hearts to what women and communities suffer from in other parts of the world. We spoke how many women used social media to develop their societies, to spread awareness and empower other women. Neema and Stella shined in their presentations of their visions and extraordinary experiences. As for my vision, it was to be able to use social media for reinforcing human rights and empowering women in Syria, and my hope of using social media as a tool for reconciliation and healing process in my wounded country. At the event I met with my mentor Sarah, and it was a warm reunion, there were many things to talk about and I felt that I am finally meeting a dear friend that I lost long time ago in a past life and found in this life. I met many interesting a compassionate people, made new connections and gained more friends. I met a lovely lady called Ellen, a believer that can transform a dream into matter, I felt that she is like a feather on a clear and serene water surface, so graceful and leaves just the perfect touch of unforgettable impact. I also met Kim the sweetest women in the event. From her I learnt that I have a responsibility to think of the effect I leave beyond my realization.

Our event in the Clinton Global Initiative was phenomenal; we met many wonderful and powerful women. We had a discussion about the digital media and role of women. The discussion turned into a debate that was full of energy and ideas. Our presentation was attended by women from the Newsweek Daily Beast, CNN, Eileen Fisher, intel, to name some of the well known names. I met with a woman that had an idea about how to bring medical aid to Syrian refugees, and I will do everything in my power to peruse this idea. At evening we went to the Nobel Peace Prize women Laureates event and attended a discussion on rape in conflict areas like Congo, Haiti and Syria. Many amazing stories about women’s solidarity and creativity to face terror were told, many solutions and demands were called for. After the meeting I met with Iranian Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi, an inspirational woman who fought for the rights of the people in Iran all of her life. This was our last event in New York, the city had to let us go to Portland to brake its silence and raise our voices.

Portland is a lovely city that needs a hearty journal. It has something spiritual. It’s definitely the nature and the good people I met.

Comments

Greengirl's picture

Dear Hummingbird

I am glad that you are hale and hearty and enjoying your experiences on your tour. I actually soaked in every word you shared.

I have been an ardent follower of events in Syria, and one who has been particularly worried about the way and manner women and children got dishearteningly cut up in the cross fires. Very importantly, I recalled sharing my deepest concerns about the situation in Syria with Breese and asking her about what WP could do. Somewhere down the line, I guess I got caught up by anxiety over insurgencies that broke out in my own country.

Good enough you've been up to it, using your unique voice to create awareness, liberate your country and also empower your fellow country women. You are truly inspiring!

I enjoyed reading your submission and I am particularly fascinated with your description and appreciation of nature.

You are doing great and I pray your dream(s) and desire(s) for your country come to reality soonest.

All the best, keep humming and please do stay tops always.

Gladly,

Olanike

Rebecca Lerner's picture

Hummingbird, I just love your

Hummingbird,

I just love your poetic turn of phrase. My favorite lines you wrote are: "New York seemed a city of Yin & Yang, the shadow and light, full of different and contradicted forces pushing toward each others," and "Sometimes I felt that my heart was hanging by a thread and I had to hold it with my hands before the thread cuts," and the way you described Ellen as "a believer that can transform a dream into matter, I felt that she is like a feather on a clear and serene water surface, so graceful and leaves just the perfect touch of unforgettable impact."

I think that's a great description of New York. It is really intense!

I was very inspired by your speech in Portland, and by Stella and Neema as well, and I feel blessed to have met you all. I'm interested to see what you have to say about Portland!

With love,

Rebecca

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Portlandia's picture

Portland Visit

Hello Hummingbird!
Just saw you in Portland at WorldPulse Live. So fascinating to hear your story and to think of the courage it must have taken for you to speak out. I am so sorry for what has happened to you, your family and your country. Know that what you are doing paves the way for so many other women and for the future of your country and that together we will make a difference. I wish you safe travels in the US and peace and safety wherever you may end up. Love- Lynn

Phinnie's picture

Inspired

Hummingbird--
I am so sorry I waited too long to get tickets to the World Pulse event at Mercy Corps this week but was so happy to hear your City Club talk on Public Radio last evening...My heart goes out to you and the citizens of Syria! Your determination, willingness to risk, and sharing from your heart and soul are truly inspiring! When I was a teen, my family lived in Beirut for almost 5 years, returning to the U.S. in 1972 shortly before the Lebanese Civil War that lasted for 15 years...It was painful to hear about what happened to my beloved Lebanon and its friendly amazing people. I pray that the Syrian war can end soon and that the healing can occur that you dream of and aspire to help facilitate. Wishing you safe journeys and PEACE! Thank-you for speaking up for Syrian women and for your determination to be a positive influence and to share your story!
Love, Phinnie

Mukut's picture

You are a true

Hummingbird so glad to hear your journey so far.It must have been uplifting and fulfiling.

You are a true leader and i am sure there are many in Syria and world over, who would emulate your energy and passion to bring forward issues that matter the most.

Thank you so much for being the woman you are.

Thank you for inspiring me and many more.

Much love

Mukut Ray

DonnaBeth's picture

The Meeting at Mercy Corps

Hummingbird, it was a delight and a privilege to hear you speak with such passion and compassion here in Portland. I am so happy I got to speak with you for a few minutes. Bless you for all you do for the women of Syria, and for being an ambassador to the world on their behalf.

Love,
Donna

lindalubin's picture

With Gratitude

Dear Hummingbird, I am deeply grateful to you for this beautiful post, and to you for using your voice for those who cannot be heard. My ancestors all came from Syria, over a hundred years ago, and so I have been following the events there with keen interest, and my heart sang when I read that you had been chosen as a WP ambassador. I had hoped to meet you in NY, as I live nearby, but was unfortunately out of town at the time.

I hope you will keep posting here, keeping us informed. You are a gifted writer and your words are much needed at this time.

all love,
Linda Lubin

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