The Search that brought the Light
“I could make you have that job if you want it,” He said.
“Thank you, Sir, but no thanks. I already dropped an application,” I replied.
“That application will get you nowhere. I have helped many others like you,” He insisted sarcastically.
I disagreed and left. Well, I did not get that job. I kept looking.
Another opportunity came my way and I jumped at it. I prepared an application file, deposited it and began an exasperating journey of waiting for a job interview that never happened. The employer who was a typical male chauvinist kept scheduling me for interviews and keeping me waiting for hours without end. After rolling and batting my eyes in his office corridors for several days, I gave up.
I was elated when I finally gained employment as an assistant instructor in a private university. I took on the job passionately. However, when it was time to get paid, the music turned into a war song. My boss would pay my male colleagues first and tell me money was finished. I equally noticed that my hourly pay was just a little above half of what my male colleagues earned.
These are just a few of the poignant job related experiences I have had as a young woman. They provoked me to start looking for ways through which I could put an end to the oppression against women in the work place and in every sphere of life. I started looking within and I saw the Precious who had so much power in her pen but was not using it. I needed to use my writing capabilities to inspire change. After thoroughly searching the Internet, I came across World Pulse. As I browsed further, I found the online community on the site. I was so delighted that I could create my own journal and post articles for others to read. So I joined the family and started speaking with my pen.
I desperately want to be proficient in telling the untold stories of the Cameroonian woman. This is what moved me to apply for the Voices of our Future program. The program for me is a square peg in a square hole.
I see a future in which the audiovisual will be extensively used to help women assert themselves. My vision is to create short and feature length films which will go a long way to expose and undo gender stereotypes by telling compelling stories. The production of such films will provide employment opportunities for several unemployed women in Cameroon. Film has so much power. It is like writing twice. I need the support of the women on World Pulse to transform my dream into reality. I want to push women to be the best they can be.
I have journeyed, I have searched and I have found the light. Thank you World Pulse! Thank you, Jensine Larsen!