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The speaker in me

She disappeared around the corner, “must be her baby sister, “I told myself. But barely ten minutes later I saw another girl-probably the same age as the one I had seen earlier and just like the other one had a baby strapped on her back. And that became the trend, every day I saw girls with babies, I wasn’t sure what to call them, they were too young to be called mothers and too old to be called girls. I didn’t understand why so many girls had babies at such a tender age? It made me restless, I just wanted to know why and thought if I knew the reason why then I could do something about it. I did find out why; the girls came from poor backgrounds and getting married was a way of relieving their parents of their responsibilities and most of them had a low self esteem, they had been raised up to believe that a woman’s place was in the kitchen.
And that’s how it started; I went to schools and held girl motivation talks. It was better I spoke to the ones in school and encourage them to stay in school, get an education and be whatever they wanted. I told them they had the potential to be big and to bring change and I haven’t stopped ever since, I visit rural schools and speak to girls to fight on, stay in school and become whatever they want. And this is what inspired me to apply to the Voice of our Future, even though I am an Engineer, I am eligible and can write on a topic outside my career and still be heard.
My personal vision for the future is a Malawi that will stand on its own and such a place is only possible if girls and women will realize their potential, only possible if they will realize that we are all born equal before God-whether man or woman and that we all have been given equal opportunities in life no wonder we all have our hearts on our left. And I can be part of world pulse and do this.

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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Lortoria's picture

Continue speaking!

Hi Tina,

What you do is bold, encouraging and absolutely necessary. You already embody what women can achieve wneh they put their minds to it. Keep up the motivational speeches.

Best wishes,

Lortoria McDonald

lortoria@gmail.com

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Chrisitina's picture

Hi TinaN, I admire you for

Hi TinaN, I admire you for putting your great ideas into actions, and that's something we all need to do: Take actions and make a change! Thank you for sharing.

Regards,
Christina

Where there is a WILL, there is a WAY.

TinaN's picture

Thank you guys,am so

Thank you guys,am so encouraged

Sharontina's picture

Confidence!

Hi Tina,
i love your confidence and determination in bringing that change in their lives dear. Keep sharing.

Love.

Merlin Sharontina

bhavna's picture

Succinctly said

It is quite a motivational thing you are doing dear. Keep up the good work and be the guide most of the rural girls indeed need.

Best wishes
bhavna

TinaN's picture

Thank you people

Thank you people,will surely keep on keeping on

Myrthe's picture

Thank you

Thank you for sharing your story, Tina. It's so great to read that you were so moved that you took action. I think education is such an important tool for women and girls to become empowered and grow and develop. Do you have any ideas about how you would use World Pulse and the Voices of our Future program in your own activities? How your activities would benefit from them?

TinaN's picture

Myrthe initially before week

Myrthe initially before week three i didn't know how exactly i was gonna use World Pulse and the Voices of our Future program in my activities.But now i know how exactly,for instance i had no idea on the impact of educating girls on the economy and the families.of course i knew education could help combat early marriages but I've just learnt something new on its impact on the number of children and the community.

This information has actually sharpened my spear,i mean if i could make the girls see how important they are to our country's economy and the community then i bet something good can come out of it,as they say what you do not know can kill you.

Katalina's picture

Great work!

I am very impressed with the work that you are doing for ladies. Yes, they can stand together and do great things!
Thanks for empowering these girls and women. They need you. It is wonderful to help them rise. Touching story. I'd suggest tying your ending to your beginning, that makes a story strong.

All the Best, Katalina

TinaN's picture

Thank you for the advise

Thank you for the advise Katalina

Lea's picture

Thank you!

Thank you, TinaN, for sharing your vision of a Malawi that will offer rights to both men and women. You have shown great determination and strength in wanting to educate and empower girls. It's amazing that after seeing the conditions with which young girls are faced, you made a decision to help them and to to speak to them about their ability to change their fate.
You can be proud of your accomplishments and you ability to inspire them!

TinaN's picture

so encouraging

am so encouraged.Thank you Lea

Nicole.Staudinger's picture

Inspirational

Thank you for what you do, and I sincerely wish that you continue to find inspiration in empowering others. I especially enjoyed this sentiment that you expressed: "My personal vision for the future is a Malawi that will stand on its own and such a place is only possible if girls and women will realize their potential, only possible if they will realize that we are all born equal before God..." Women and girls have been taught for too long that their only role is in the household, and that their talents are limited to the tasks laid out to them by society. We need more women like you, Tina, to remind our youth that a more fulfilling future is possible.

TinaN's picture

Nicole,am glad u read mt

Nicole,am glad u read mt article.thank you for the wonderful observation

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