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descriptions not definitions!

In my life there have been moments. Some of these moments seemed insignificant at the time, while others, they were despicable. These moments, wonderful or terrible, big or small, they are all part of my path. I hope you will walk a little of it with me. In high school I wanted to play soccer but we had no team for girls. I started one, even though I was told it couldn’t be done, and I fell in love with positive social change. That soccer team is now the pride of the school! I have long since graduated, but the team is still playing, keeping girls off of drugs and out of trouble, connecting them with opportunities. This experience showed me what is possible when one does not accept the status quo! The exponential impact of positive social change is contagious. Like the ripple effect of a raindrop, there is a bigger impact to be made by any one person when they try. I want all women to try. But I know it is not easy.

I fought my home environment to go to graduate school, and once there became a statistic of female violence. I refuse to let it define me though, or abandon my dreams for positive social change and women’s empowerment in science. These experiences shaped my path in life and I have worked very hard to achieve my current position; one that enables policy and positive social change through scientific analysis. Several years ago I decided I needed more education to bring about responsible positive community change and found international relations, a missing puzzle piece to my profession and my passion.

This education has opened my world in ways I couldn’t imagine and led me to World Pulse. After attending a talk by Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams at school, I "liked" the Nobel women's organization on Facebook. In a random moment of browsing I saw that the Nobel Women’s Initiative organization had posted about the World Pulse application for 2013 Voices Rising. With only hours to go before the deadline and the hope of social media education I applied.
The timing is uncanny. I have dreamt of starting a blog that encourages global community, women, diversity, and Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) through nontraditional means. I dream of a place where women can be themselves, learn about their power and potential, and have fun doing it! Recently, I was invited to speak about STEM resources for state education. There will be hundreds of people in attendance. I realized this was a platform, a captive audience that will receive information on STEM education. This is my chance to make my blog dream a reality; I have created it and will go public when I speak later this summer. I know nothing about journalism or social media, but I know that World Pulse Does have this knowledge, that social media is vital to womens progress and that I can be taught to electronically empower!!

This story was written for World Pulse’s Girls Transform the World Digital Action Campaign.

World Pulse believes that women's stories, recommendations, and collective rising leadership can—and will—bring girls greater access to education which will transform their lives, their families, and communities. The Girls Transform Campaign elicits insightful content from young women on the ground, strengthens their confidence as women, and ensures that influencers and powerful institutions hear their stories.
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Anita Muhanguzi's picture

You are totally right

Dear Leedjia you are totally right we need to use such platforms to empower us so that we can empower others. I know you will be the voice of the people who look up to you. well done and continue with the good work. God bless you mightily to achieve your goals ad heart's desires.

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Head of Legal and Advocacy
Centre for Batwa Minorities
a.kiddu@gmail.com
cfmlegal@gmail.com
Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

Sharontina's picture

The best!

Wish you the best and i am sure you will make it an eye opener to thousands of women during your speech.

Keep sharing.

Love.

Merlin Sharontina

Fatima Waziri's picture

Hello Leedjia - What a

Hello Leedjia - What a beautiful story from a strong and determined woman. Yet another example of the power of the internet, just liking a page on face book led you to World Pulse, interesting.

Peace!
Fatima

Veronique_S's picture

Dear Leedjia, Tenacity above

Dear Leedjia,

Tenacity above adversary causes us to travel paths of change, your perseverance had initiated the soccer team, and you mentioned it is keeping women out of trouble, one significant moment in the quest for change, very commendable.

Go for the dream that is no longer silent, let your voice and desire take flight to create the impact that you dream of.
I admire your tenacity!!

CatherineSakala's picture

I love that you realize the

I love that you realize the importance of upgrading oneself academically. Alot of women shy away from that and still expect things to change. It is time for women to realize that no one will give you a free pass based on your sex. Be qualified enough so that even when you are a preferred candidate you have the pride of it being on merit.
Thankyou for sharing your story. I am able to relate to it because working in science as a woman has sometimes been a struggle. But thankfully they people know am here to stay and are coming round.

Catherine Sakala
Entomologist and Parasitologist- Zambia

Leedjia's picture

Hello Sisters!

I hope I may call you that, I truly feel so blessed and grateful for your comments. I am so grateful to read your stories and hear about your work and experiences. I certain that collaboration will be possible, and there is so much to offer each other. Thank you!! I hope I may offer you the support and smiles I feel from you!

antonia.h.'s picture

Amazing story! And I bet

Amazing story! And I bet there are many more things in your life that you've overcome with your desire to change the structure. I also share the belief that people can change structures and are not just actors following a pre-set screenplay. And your drive is just inspirational! I wish you good luck in your future endeavors! I hope you'll achieve everything you dream of and strive for!

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