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The Way to World Pulse is My Journey Through Belief in Change

My journey to World Pulse has started the day I traveled to Maatoug; a village in Algazeera state with dozens of volunteers with medical and health studies backgrounds as a part of health promotion campaigns. I was 19 years old and studying my 2nd year at faculty of pharmacy. In Maatoug I've met girls in my age and even younger. I was shocked to know that they were mothers and some of them were divorced. I felt deeply sorry for them; a girl at the age of 19 should not be a mother and a wife; they should be thinking about attending university and getting graduated. I noticed that girls at the age of 12-13 years old are chatting about marriage and skin bleaching. They thought that to get a man; they have to get fairer skin and be pretty. I've realized that; while I'm feeling grieved because my family doesn't accept my activism; there are a lot of young women cannot make major decisions about their lives and how it should be. I've continued joining health promotion campaigns and keeping an eye on the status of women across Sudan.
By 2006 I've produced my wall journal "Antidote" anonymously and focusing on major sociopolitical incidents and commenting on stories about women rights like the news about a female obstetrician leading a campaign against passing an act banning FGM.
On 2011 while chatting to my boyfriend I told him that I need to write and share my opinions as I've not written anything since my graduation in 2008. His eyes sparked and told me about "blogs" and how the Egyptian activists used them for a political cause and introduced me to Lina Bin Mihanni's Blog. Immediately he sent me an online book on "Social media for advocacy". Few weeks ago he sent me an email about "Voices of Our Future 2013"
Till Dec 2011 I was not that much into blogging; but I thought "why not?" When I've spoken to a young activist and a friend about the status of displaced women around Khartoum and how intelligence officers are not making their lives easier by restricting the voluntary and civil society work. He immediately said "Why don't you start blogging and tell the world about that"
Since that time I'm blogging to inform & to inspire. I'm blogging about women I've met. I told my personal experience about sexual harassment in the streets of Khartoum. I've joined global campaigns for peace in Sudan and women rights in Africa. My stories about sexual harassment have leaded my readers to brainstorm on putting strategies of protection from harassment. I've received questions about the status refugees in Sudan, how they could be helped.
My journey to World Pulse is my journey to discover that every single voice matter. All you need is motivation which is your story, inspiration to speak out which is the impact of your words and belief that you can create better world which is the achievements reflected in World Pulse.

Comments

hillary24's picture

You write well

Hie, l actually enjoyed your great piece of work because it has personality and feeling. This is what WorldPulse is all about, coming here and not being afraid to air your views. You get your ideas across so well and l'm so glad that you have a very supportive boyfriend who understands you and stands by your side all the way. You are both lucky to have each other. Please keep on writing as your work is very inspiring. l for one will be reading all your work.keep it up

Kind regards
OTM

PeopleWeaver's picture

I like what you wrote

You write well and speak with feeling. Keep writing. Thank you.

Debra K Adams MA's picture

thank you

good for you - finding your voice and using it well! You talk about important issues to you and all women - violence in any and all forms needs to end! I enjoyed your blog!

"Be the change you want in the world." Gandhi

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Yosra Akasha's picture

thanks Debra

all we will be the change we want to see

Yosra Akasha, Sudan

Yosra Akasha's picture

Feeling lucky :-)

Dear Hillary24 & PeopleWeaver,

I'm feeling lucky for getting the chance to be here, share and interact with wonderful inspiring people like you. I hope you will find my next posts worth reading and not frustrate you. Thanks for being so supportive.

sincerely,

Yosra Akasha, Sudan

loretta's picture

Perfect.

Your conduct of the English language is fine. I was expecting to read gibberish :) but was surprised that you would even think to ask for assistance when I could read from the first word to the last.

Yes, let's all join hands in fighting male domination and creating awareness amongst girls that life doesn't begin with marriage, children and a bleached skin but with education and a career and that is their identity.

Have courage.

Loretta.

A successful woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others throw at her. Author Unkown.

Yosra Akasha's picture

Thanks Loretta for being

Thanks Loretta for being supportive. Im trying to improve my English language, glad to know Im doing well

Yosra Akasha, Sudan

Woman of voice's picture

Good

Im not sure what it is that you are worried about, Good work, wow

Rebecca R's picture

You write well

Hullo,

Like Loretta, I expected to find incomprehensible English. You write well in English, and I can only imagine how phenomenal you must be in your first language.

I love the build-up created by chronology. Perhaps the only advice I would have is to watch your tenses.

Looking forward to reading more,
Becky

Sangita Thapa's picture

wonderful

Dear Yosra, im so happy that you chose to write, write about the injustices, abuses and your personal experiences. Never stop writing! Good luck for your journey!

Yosra Akasha's picture

Thanks to you all

Im speechless; you are so supportive & empowering

sincerely yours,

Yosra Akasha, Sudan

otahelp's picture

Kudo my sister

Our voice will go a long way. We must keep the light shining. Your piece is so inspiring and motivating. A lot ills are plaguing our society and world and we cannot keep silence anymore. We must use our God given talents and passion to fight this fight together.

Kudos Yosra

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Greengirl's picture

Laudable Post

Yosra, with all sincerity I want you to know that you write well and I found your article very revealing and inspiring. Please keep writing, sharing and speaking out.

Hugs,

Greengirl

Nadz's picture

Good Work

I liked your story and I loved that you told it with such feeling and depth. Keep on writing.

Life is just for living

VITSAF's picture

Yes!

Yes indeed every single voice counts, greats platform is World Pulse really.........

Great write up

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Maonah's picture

Wonderful thoughts

Whats wrong with your English? you are on track my darling. I told you earlier that we are holding each others hand in this battle. relax we are moving and you are doing the rightest thing. Kudos everybody

I've struggled with the poetary peice but it was fun.

Yosra Akasha, Sudan

sherises's picture

Wow!!

Yosra,

I was so impressed while reading your piece! You are doing such great things! Imagine how many women and young girls you are reaching - or have the potential to reach - opening their eyes and hearts to possibilities they may have never thought existed. You are challenging the status quo by blogging to inform and inspire, as you participate in global campaigns for peace and social justice.

Well done!!

In solidarity,
Julie

every day go out of your way to do something kind

Yosra Akasha's picture

Thanks Julie

Its all about e ploring our potentials.

best regards,

Yosra Akasha, Sudan

Emily Garcia's picture

Great job!

Dear Yosra,

Thank you for writing! You and the work you are doing are an inspiration! I loved your post and the perspective you bring to World Pulse. The recipe for activism you give in your last paragraph is terrific! With such elegance you suggest that by using our own stories, our own voices, each of us has the potential to change the world.

Keep blogging. You're doing a great job of inspiring others!

Best wishes,

Emily

Emily Garcia
World Pulse Online Community Lead

Yosra Akasha's picture

We can change the world

Indeed Emily. each one of us can change the world. I think this is the soul what World Pulse is looking to bring in us.
Thank you,

Yosra Akasha, Sudan

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