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Woman Unleashed!

Yesterday I was limited
Restricted by a patriarchal order
Chauvinists spoke for me
I was unheard
My voice was incarcerated.

Yesterday I was helpless
Marginalized by stereotyped norms
Decisions were taken on my behalf
I was a hidden persona
My concerns remained unvoiced.

Yesterday and Today I learnt to listen
Exposed to a new social balance
A world where I could speak for myself
I became heard and visible
My vision was comprehended.

Today I am boundless
Liberated and unlimited in my thinking and expression
Now I speak for myself and all that I care about
I have found a new sense of balance
My priorities were noticed.

Today I arise
Speaking out and standing up for what I believe
Now I am active and creating ripples of change
I am a bubbly change maker
My dream has unfolded.

Tomorrow I will stand out
Among others liberated and empowered
Then we will stand together in solidarity
We will bask in the ecstasy of our new found power
The influence of our unleashed VOICES.

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Sharontina's picture

Wow!

i only could wow at these lines dear Olanike. Priorities noticed, Now you are creating ripples of change, your dream unfolded. i love those lines. You have influenced all of us with those lines.

Go ahead dear.

Love

Merlin Sharontina

Greengirl's picture

Couldn't have done it........

I couldn't have done it without you Sharon. You are just one unique voice I have come to connect with and which urges me to forge ahead. You are forever appreciated!

Thank you and much love,

Greengirl

Wendyiscalm's picture

Very proud to know you

This is wonderful Olanike and I am proud to know you.

Love,

Wendy

Wendy Stebbins
Founder/CEO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

Greengirl's picture

Dear Mama Wendy

Great to finally hear from you! I am really proud to to know you too. Looking forward to speaking with you. I need to also learn more from you through your posts. Keep it coming! Haha!

Ubuntu,

BBG (Greengirl)

Wendyiscalm's picture

Hi BBG

So good to finally hear from you also. I have not been posting as most people do not read or comment on them and I do not know what to write. But I had a HORRIFIC HORRIBLE HORRIBLE thing happen in Zambia last week, the day before I returned and will probably never realistically be able to go back again. This really changes my identity, my purpose, a reason to get up in the morning. I will write you in detail privately about it later.

Have a good day,

Love and ubuntu,

Wendy

Wendy Stebbins
Founder/CEO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

Taha Mirani's picture

<3

Very powerful as usual. Love it. <3

More power to you :)
Keep writing.

Love

Taha Mirani

Greengirl's picture

Dear Maha

Thank you for being such an encourager.I am encouraged!

Thoughtfully,

Greengirl

VITSAF's picture

So on point

This is beautiful, love the freedom expressed and mmmmm that bubbly changemaker.....

Beautiful!

Improving the Quality of Life of individuals (primarily women) living with vitiligo, skin imperfections altered images and autoimmune disorder!

www.vitsaf.org
www.25june.org
https://www.facebook.com/WorldVitiligoDay
https://www.facebook.com/groups/

Greengirl's picture

Thank you!

It is dedicated to bubbly changemakers like you!

Love,

Olanike

VITSAF's picture

Thats great

Thanks so much......
I hope to improve my writing in a short time, really love to share so much in writing and illustrations....

Thanks and Warm Regards,
Ogo

Improving the Quality of Life of individuals (primarily women) living with vitiligo, skin imperfections altered images and autoimmune disorder!

www.vitsaf.org
www.25june.org
https://www.facebook.com/WorldVitiligoDay
https://www.facebook.com/groups/

Greengirl's picture

Dear Ogo

It would delight my heart to learn more from you and about you through you writings and illustrations. I will be on the look out. Please be sure too that I am eagerly awaiting June 25th!

Warmly,

Greengirl

VITSAF's picture

I appreciate

Thanks so much Greengirl, I am trying and will be sharing as much as I can. Thanks so much pls sign our petition on www.25june.org, this year will mark the 3rd year we started celebrating and working towards presenting to UN for official approval this year.....
We are working towards 500,000 signatures, any idea how to get such signatures fast please?

Thanks and a beautiful Wednesday
Ogo

Improving the Quality of Life of individuals (primarily women) living with vitiligo, skin imperfections altered images and autoimmune disorder!

www.vitsaf.org
www.25june.org
https://www.facebook.com/WorldVitiligoDay
https://www.facebook.com/groups/

Greengirl's picture

Hugs all the way

Your words make me want to search you out in real time and I am convinced that we will meet soon.

I will certainly sign the petition. You can post the request On World Pulse by following this guideline: Under PulseWire, you will see Resource Exchange. Click on it and then it will take you to a page where you will see Make a Post. Click on that also and it will take you to a page where you have create need or offer. You can write a few lines there and also share the link to the petition.

Another way to attract signatures on World Pulse is for you to post a short write up In your Journal, calling attention to the Petition .

You may also look up and create your petition on www.change.org and Thunderclap (not sure of the URL now so may be you could google that.

You could also tweet the Petition and link, if you are on Twitter. Share it on Face book and may be Linked in as well if you are signed up on those social networking sites. I am not a Digital Campaign guru, but I know the ones have shared works magic.

Please fell free to reach out to me again and again.

Much love and hugs,

Greengirl

VITSAF's picture

Awwww thanks so very much

Ohhh what I can say, thanks for that wonderful guide, quite helpful. I am grateful, really grateful
I had started a petition earlier and now in collaboration with Vitiligo Research Foundation and we have merged it all on www.25june.org and we are collectively promoting that.
I am so grateful on the guide on how to start it off here on World Pulse, will most certainly explore that. Yes am very very active on the Social Medias u mentioned and I have been exploring them greatly.
I am presently doing 1 in a week Cartoon illustration for the campaign and that has really generated much empathy.

I will continue to strive as we get more people with condition interested in all we do and striving to achieve. Are you in Lagos?

Thanks so much Greengirl.

Much much Love
Ogo

Improving the Quality of Life of individuals (primarily women) living with vitiligo, skin imperfections altered images and autoimmune disorder!

www.vitsaf.org
www.25june.org
https://www.facebook.com/WorldVitiligoDay
https://www.facebook.com/groups/

Greengirl's picture

No, but I'll be in Lagos soon.

I will send you details about that in a private message.

Loving you more,

Greengirl

VITSAF's picture

Ok great

Looking forward to meeting you.....
Really glad meeting and connecting

Lots of Love
ogo

Improving the Quality of Life of individuals (primarily women) living with vitiligo, skin imperfections altered images and autoimmune disorder!

www.vitsaf.org
www.25june.org
https://www.facebook.com/WorldVitiligoDay
https://www.facebook.com/groups/

Aminah's picture

APPLAUDS :D

Absolutely fantastic and uplifting.
I want to stand up do a hifi and dance around with that bubbly charm
I want to swish my magic wand and transform the world and its men folk
And I feel magic can be created. I have regained faith. I have started to dream
I feel liberated after reading your words. I feel boundless. I feel unchained.

These lines stood out:

"Today I am boundless
Liberated and unlimited in my thinking and expression"
...
Today I arise
Speaking out and standing up for what I believe
Now I am active and creating ripples of change
I am a bubbly change maker
My dream has unfolded."

I am no longer feeling sorry for myself. No longer questioning God for what I had been put through. Today I feel thankful for the courage and strength I have - I had - I am having through VOF and people like yourself.

Thank you
Aminah

Salaam
Aminah

Greengirl's picture

Your response is electrifying

Dearest Aminah, please accept these words from a sincere heart, as I read through your opening response, the poetic words that flows freely from your saintly soul reverberated through my whole body. I felt it! It was real!

With this lines "I want to swish my magic wand and transform the world and its men folk" you got me laughing out!

I am celebrating with you and celebrating you because you are unlimited and boundless. Please remember that there is no cause to ever feel sorry for yourself. Each time that silly feeling wants to creep in, just remember that you are going through whatever experience it is, because you will come out better for it; and it is one sure way you can really help others who would be sitting where you've already sat, stood up and moved beyond.

Please always reach out when you need a listening ear.

You've got me and I have got you. We've got others out there too who share our feelings, pains, passions, anxieties, fears...... Greengirl says "Together we can walk the walk and also talk the talk".

Much love!

You are just too kind Greengirl. (now I am wondering about that name. I guess it has to do with your love for the environment!)

I love my plants, I love my trees. I need greenery around me.
I need to see new leaves coming right after I have cared for them.
I love green, I need green, I crave green. I need living green.
Wherever I go, I make a point of planting something or the other.
I absolutely love the green plants gleaming in the sun, waving in the wind.
In short I love you Greengirl for being such a lover of green. LOL

that was just for some fun :)

Anyways, back to your comment.
Thank you for those lovely words and the confidence you have for me. I feel blessed to have come across you.

Now I know, if ever I go down that deep dark road of gloom and doom, I have people I can turn to for advice, for a friendly hug, for a boost of confidence.

Thank you
Aminah

P.S. My all time favorite song is "dream girl, dream girl, kisee shaayar ki gazal dream girl. kisee jeel ka kawal dream girl" :) Rhymes with green girl :D

Salaam
Aminah

Greengirl's picture

Aminah!!!!!!!!!!!!

You just reeled out an all Green Poem for me Aminah! Oh, I just love green gifts! Be sure I will keep it close to my chest, and with your permission, I will share it on our redesigned site once it is ready. You are so very dear!

You are just too much. You have a wellspring of Poems in you. Just a little press and out comes those rhythmic, soul lifting and stimulating words. I will let you into my secret world of GREENESS! You just be on the look out. My organization's website is currently undergoing redesign. What we have up now is thematic though it still says a lot about what we do. www.wisenigeria.org

I am proudly Green and getting you green already.Haha! Hiya! We are boundless!

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