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Introducing myself and my journal

About Me:
I'm a French-American ESL teacher who has spent time teaching in various countries and is committed to social justice, human rights, especially women's rights, and who wants to speak out against all forms of discrimination.

My Passions:
Teaching, reading, volunteering

My Vision for the Future:
I hope for a more peaceful and tolerant world where women can feel empowered.

Comments

missjenn's picture

Wecome to the community!

Hello and welcome, Lea!

Where did you teach English? I have several friends who have taught abroad, and I am interested in hearing about your experience.

There are plenty of women here from France in particular that you might be interested in connecting with, and they're listed here: http://worldpulse.com/user/directory?country=41

If you would like some additional tips on making the most of what our site has to offer I encourage you to look through our Getting Started Guide, available here: http://worldpulse.com/pulsewire/about/guide

Thanks again for joining World Pulse, Lea!

Warm wishes,

Jennifer
World Pulse Online Community Management Volunteer

Lea's picture

Thank you!

Hi Jennifer,
Thank you for your message and for providing me with information about the site. I have had a change to browse around and must say that there is a wealth of material on this site. One could basically spend months at a time reading all the inspiring, heart-breaking, wonderful articles written by women from all walks of life.
To answer your question, I taught in Vietnam and Spain and am currently teaching in Germany. It's been so far a very positive experience and I really enjoy teaching!

Thanks again for writing me!
Lea

missjenn's picture

Hi Lea!

I totally agree! Wow, sounds like you have the travel bug in you. I would love to travel again. I lived in Sydney for 3 years.

You might be interested in a current campaign we are working on - End Violence Against Women

We're gathering submissions from all over the world asking people to write on specific forms of violence that they have personally survived or witnessed first-hand their community - then we will be presenting these stories to key international forums. Deadline is December 10th.

You can visit the link below for more information:
http://worldpulse.com/campaigns/evaw/evaw-campaign-submission-guidelines

Glad we got to connect!

Cheers!
Jennifer

Lea's picture

Hi Jennifer

Hi Jennifer,
Thank you for your message! Wow, you were in Australia! That must have been a wonderful experience.
Yes, I have heard about your campaign; in fact, you sent me a message about it and I would love to participate, but I haven't personally experienced any forms of violence, so I don't know if I can take part in the campaign. I'm sure that there are many women through this website who are much more in a position to share their stories about abuse/violence than I am.
Thanks again though for reminding me and I'm also glad that we got to connect.
Lea

missjenn's picture

Hey Lea!

No worries - if you can pass it along, that would be awesome! And it doesn't have to be about your personal experience, but something you witnessed at home or abroad.

Let's keep in touch.

Cheers!
Jennifer

mrbeckbeck's picture

Solutions?

Hi Lea,
Just saw this comment and I thought that I would mention that we are also very keen to hear about SOLUTIONS to violence against women. I'm sure that you have some creative ideas, maybe they seem like a stretch even, but we want to hear them, and so does the UN.

Maybe women's only internet cafes? Training workshops on self-defense? Media reform to respect women? Education for boys and men? Required numbers of women on corporate board of directors? These are just some thoughts, and I'm sure you could share your perspective!

We would love to hear from you!
Kind regards,

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Manager

Lea's picture

Hi Scott, Thank you for your

Hi Scott,
Thank you for your comments. I do have some thoughts about the topic and have read about women's involvement in opening internet cafés, setting up discussion groups to talk about gender-equality and to educate men and women about how to respect each other. I'll definitely think about it and will try to write something on the topic.
Thanks again.
Lea

Lea's picture

By the way, I saw that you

By the way, I saw that you are a Portland native. I have spent time in Portland-my aunt is from there-and I really like the city! You're so lucky to be from there!

mayele's picture

Bonjour

tu m impressionnes beaucoup et j aime la présentation de ton profil,parce-que je rêves parler et écrire aussi bien l Anglais que le Français qui est notre langue principal ici au Congo mais ma joie est que je communiques déjà bien en Anglais et que je peux lire et écrire .Mais mon vœu est que demain ce soit vraiment comme le Français.Prends très bien soin de toi

Mayele , Maman shujaa and World Pulse volunteer

Lea's picture

Merci ma chère Mayele.

Merci ma chère Mayele. J'apprécie beaucoup que tu aies lu mes articles et que tu y aies laissé des commentaires. Mais, toi aussi, tu fais des choses impressionnantes! En écrivant des articles sur WorldPulse, tu sers d'exemple aux nombreuses femmes en RDC et tu leur donnes une voix. Il faut aussi valoriser les choses que tu as accomplies. En plus, j'ai vu que tu avais rédigé des commentaires en anglais et que tu t'étais très bien débrouillée. Là encore, ne te sous-estime pas. Tu es capable de beaucoup de choses.
Malheureusement, je n'ai pas eu le temps de lire tes articles. Je suis en plein dans mes études...Dès que j'aurai le temps, je me consacrerai à les lire attentivement et j'y laisserai des commentaires.
Gardons le contact.
Bon courage et bravo!
Léa

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