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THIS IS MY STORY

I became involve in humanitarian work in 2007 after I attended a program organised by a women’s’ group called “THE WIFE”. The group teaches women how to manage their lives as career persons, wives and mothers in the society. Then I needed guidance with my marriage and felt the organization will give me the solution I sort. When I became outlet coordinator and began to relate closer with the women; I realised that just like I did, some were allowing themselves to be abused by their spouses because of the traditional and cultural and religious beliefs within our society that has stereotype gender roles in favour of men. It was easy for me to free myself from this stereotype ideology because I had understanding family that were willing to help me through this period financially; unfortunately, most of these women had no one to run to for such help and were full time housewives. I began to contribute my quota by investing my savings into the lives of the abused and troubled women around me; I organize trainings on vocational skills in my area of specialization which is event/conference planning. I also work with likeminded women and organization on empowerment projects. I do this because I believe that when women are economically empowered, they will not only be able to say No to abuses but stand up to demand for justice when abused.
The need to speak out against the ills of gender abuse targeted at women/girls was such that I couldn’t ignore; as such I embarked on self development trainings and with my acquired knowledge on gender and community development, I began to advocate for behavioural change as a means of ending gender violence in our society. My advocacy is based on the need for a reorientation of the adult populace on respect and equality of rights; encouraging equality and respect among children from early age.
The above story led to the birth of TAT CENTER (TRANSFORMATION OF THE ABUSED AND TROUBLED FEMALE. While relating with women of similar interest on gender issues, I met Tosin Oladosun who introduced me to the activities of “WORLDPULSE”. I joined the campaign group last year and got to hear of the “VOICES OF OUR FUTURE” program.
I believe in Nigeria. I believe that it will be better only if we embrace transformation: I believe there can be a gender violence free society where women are not discriminated against and are allowed to enjoy equal opportunity and rights: A world where their voices can be heard in proffering solutions to the world problems. World Pulse is helping to make my dream a reality.

CLARION CALL

ARISE TO THE CLARION CALL!
I NEED U
YOU NEED ME
TOGETHER WE NEED EACH OTHER
I ALONE
YOU ALONE
MAKE VERY LITTLE IMPACT
OUR UNITY
A FORCE UNBREAKABLE
OUR VOICE LIKE AN ECHO
TOO STRONG TO BE IGNORED
LEAVING ITS MARK IN THE SANDS OF TIME

Comments

Sharontina's picture

Echo!

Our voices can be echoed only through WP and we are at it.

Best wishes.

Merlin Sharontina

Tessie's picture

Hi friend, yes, we will

Hi friend,
yes, we will continue to speak until we are heard.
thank you.

salient cry

bhavna's picture

Great work

Hi Tessie
The kind of work you are doing is very appreciative. Women abusing by their spouses is so well acceptable in the society here in India too, and as has been rightly said because of the cultural and religious impact.

Keep up your good work
Best Wishes :)

Tessie's picture

Hi, thank you, I do it

Hi,
thank you, I do it because i was once a victim and I know how it feels like even though I was fortunate compared to some that experience physical abused, mine was just verbal and emotional. yes i say just because is better than wife bantering.
Take care
tessie

salient cry

Taha Mirani's picture

Amazing

Amazing post. Loved it.

Power to you.

Love

Taha Mirani

Tessie's picture

Hi, power to us! Thank you.

Hi, power to us!
Thank you.

salient cry

Mila's picture

Wow and thank you!

Hi Tessie,

Thank you so much for sharing your story with us! You are a captivating writer (and poet! :)) and your personal journey is truly inspiring. I am really impressed and motivated by how you used your personal tragedy to propel you start the TAT center to help other women. It was also wonderful that you completed all of the assignment tasks, even including how you heard about WorldPulse. Please keep up your positive outlook and your hard work--let us know how we can support you and your center.

Best,
Mila

Anna V's picture

My favorite part

This part of your post was my favorite!

"I believe in Nigeria. I believe that it will be better only if we embrace transformation: I believe there can be a gender violence free society where women are not discriminated against and are allowed to enjoy equal opportunity and rights: A world where their voices can be heard in proffering solutions to the world problems."

I believe too that our voices can help to transform the world. Your voice has inspired me today, so thank you!

Anna

Tessie's picture

Dear Anna, Thank you. Yes,

Dear Anna,
Thank you. Yes, our voices are been heard thanks to worldpulse.we must continue to speak and not keep silence until we see a transform world. We owe it to our girls.
Thank you once again.
Tessie.

salient cry

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