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A mission

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For some reason I find it difficult to start this post. I am 25 years old and all I can say is that, year by year, my life seems to be getting richer and better. I don't know if it is just about the way that it's suppose to be, or is it about the fact that I am growing and learning who I really am...? Perhaps both.

Anyway, being a woman is one of the crucial things about my existence. And of course it's not about the hair, the make-up, the dress-up and all the other trivial stuff. It's about pursuing something deep inside, like a story that needs to be told. I have embraced it, I live with its battles, lessons and joys day after day. It really is not that easy most of the time, since I do believe that this world that we live in is still to become a woman's world. And of course, with all the things a lot of women have been achieving worldwide, I am hoping that it will not take much longer.

I was raised by a wonderful woman who taught my sister and myself the right values and the fine ways of embracing our womanhood. I consider myself to be lucky because I was given every chance of making the best that I can: great care, respect, a proper education, a chance to express myself...

But not all girls in this world get this chance. And it is for them and all the generations that are still to come that we need to fight for and create a path to full emancipation. I found my call and fulfilment working in an NGO that is committed to raising awareness about women's rights and freedoms. My mission is to help every girl in my country get her chance to live the life that she chooses and wants, and not to be a slave to tradition or the expectations of her surroundings.

So this idea that I have in my head is what brought me here, and it was/is my drive to write this post. I am hoping there will come a time when every voice will be heard and the mission that many women across the globe share will be accomplished. But until then, we unite in our words, our actions and our voices. For when it comes to freedom and justice, we all speak the same language.

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IamTruth's picture

Your best is yet to come

Dear Djana:

The best years of your life are yet to come. You will continue to be challenged, but it is through your challenges that you will achieve the most growth. Oh, what a beautiful chorus when our voices rise!

Sincerely,

IamTruth

Djana's picture

Thank You

Thank You so much for Your kind words! :)

My best wishes to you!

Dj.

Dj.

Sharontina's picture

Vision

I see a very pure hearted lady with a clear vision. Good writing. Keep sharing dear.

Love

Merlin Sharontina

sallyf's picture

Hello Djana, I agree with

Hello Djana,

I agree with IamTruth and Sharontina: pure heart, clear vision and the best years ahead of you... this all comes through in your writing. The appreciation and gratitude you have for your own life and upbringing shines through, and it is very encouraging to read of your dedication to the noble mission you've identified!
I'd be really interested to know how you came to work for the NGO. Can you remember when you first became aware of the plight of less fortunate people? What had happened? How old were you? How did you feel about it then?

I look forward to reading more from you. Thank you for sharing your story :)
Sally

Nkuli123's picture

Dear Djana, Thank you for

Dear Djana,
Thank you for sharing your thoughts about your mission. I like your definition of being a woman as 'pursuing something deeper inside'. Reminds me of Labi Siffre's song, "Something inside so strong". Labi goes on to say ' The higher you build your barriers, the taller I become. The farther you take my rights away, the faster I will run,"
and it's all because of this pursuit of something deeper inside. I am glad to know that you have found your fulfillment in working for the NGO, keep pressing and as IamTruth puts it, "The best is yet to come."

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