WORLD PULSE FOR WOMEN CHANGE.
Four Years ago I finished my studies in Peace and Development, as it is my passion to work in the field of Conflict Resolution. I immediately began to look for a job but unfortunately couldn’t find one; jobs are very scarce. I was so discouraged. I went to see a good friend of mine who I sing with in the choir. She has a shop and so I asked if she could give me a corner to do a small business of my own. My friend accepted and I began to sell material for women’s clothing, but after a while I felt that this job was only stealing my joy while it kept me from my purpose.
I went to see another friend and told her that “I must work with organizations that support women or children. I want to get experience and increase my knowledge in these fields, and I want so much to work for peace in Congo.”
My friend said she understood and would get back with me. A few days later she called me and told me about the Maman Shujaa (Hero Women) of Congo, and then presented me to Neema Namadamu, Coordinatrice, who accepted me as a volunteer.
Today I can say that I had completely forgotten I don't have a job. Since joining the Maman Shujaa of Congo two months ago, and going online with World Pulse, I have learned so many things that I would never have discovered had I stayed home or continued working that small business. And besides that, my English, which was fading badly, is coming back. Before I joined the Maman Shujaa, I had trouble putting two phrases together.
But the greatest thing is the transformation I have experienced in my life. As I collaborate with these great women, and our sisters around the world, I add my stone to the foundation being laid to change life for women all over the world. It has filled my heart with great joy to see how women worldwide are joining together to raise their voices as One, declaring the change that they themselves are creating across our planet.
Another wonderful benefit is that I found I have become an example to other women about all that is possible if we try. We are raising our voices, but we are still too few. Too many of our Congolese sisters have not caught the vision, and they would tell us that we are setting a bad example. They tell us our life or place is in the kitchen. Yes, we have our very important roles at home, but also, it is for our homes that we have come together, advocating for Peace in our country, and a future for ourselves and our children.
I feel so fortunate to have found the Maman Shujaa and am proud to be One with them. I want all our sisters to join us. The sooner they do, the sooner our future will arrive.