Mother to Daughter
Growing up as a little girl, my mother would always say, ’’I would sponsor your studies to any level’’. I would secretly wonder why my mother is so enthusiastic about my education. I later realised that she wanted me to have a better life and I do!
When I look back, I still see the torments she endured in her marital home because like many other young girls, she was sent to stay with a relative/employer who later send her off to marriage with no education to help her know the limits of submissiveness in marriage.
A journey down memory lane makes me relive through my mum’s experiences what millions of girls and women out there have lived, are living and would continue to live with no courage and often no outlet to make their voices heard if they decide to break the silence. It is passed from mother to daughter. I would be heard not only through my daughters but also through men and web 2.0 and world Pulse.
As if to say ‘you have to speak for and help other women in the same situation speak for themselves’, I got into the profession of the pen. I always feel the responsibility of being the watch dog I am supposed to be. In fact, it goes beyond bare responsibility, it is that special flip of the heart when you know that you are making social and economic justice take its course in a group that is undermined. In or out of the newsroom, it is a compelling feeling that never leaves me. It is this same feeling that made me take part in this ‘Voices of Our Future’ program. The profiles, the stories, the conversations are inspiring and uplifting.
I look forward to a day that grass root women would be all round knowledgeable. World Pulse is helping me talk and act for those women who would love their cries to be heard everywhere, anywhere, all ways, in all ways.