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Empowering Educated Women

From an early age, I was exposed to village women coming to my family to seek for house help jobs. They would usually come as a family; a husband and a wife, tagging with them their eldest daughter to ask my family to take their girl as our helper. My parents would usually agree. For years, I grew up with many young women in my lives; they comb my hair after my bath, press my uniforms, bring me to school and guarantee that I eat my home made snacks in school.

When they reach a certain length of stay in our family, my parents enroll them in the nearest public grade school where they can complete their elementary schooling on weekends. I remember the times when I tutor them in their assignments since I have more advanced lessons and can read and write english pretty well. Some graduated with distinction, others dropped due to early pregnancy. And all these years I have known them and accepted them as my own family.

I have realized that these women go great lengths to pursue education. And poverty remains to be the single factor that deprives them to do so. Those women who graduated in primary schools did so because my family was able to enroll them and assure them of an education that they can take pride of. After completing school, they have higher chances to get higher paying jobs or work in supermarkets or in government related jobs.

My parents, who has been in the government service for more than a decade, try hard to find contractual positions for them, some as laborers, some as secretaries or assistants, until they can stand on their own feet and get a permanent jobs after years of continued service.

I have seen the immense empowerment and the changed lives of these women. They come back to my family after many years, now with their own children. They would usually tease me if I can still remember their names, and that when I was a small kid, I was always singing and easy to play with. Sometimes it brings tears to my eyes. But always, it brings back wonderful memories of them. We have certainly let them go but they came out to be empowered and educated women, ready to pass on that wisdom to their children as well.

This story was written for World Pulse’s Girls Transform the World Digital Action Campaign.

World Pulse believes that women's stories, recommendations, and collective rising leadership can—and will—bring girls greater access to education which will transform their lives, their families, and communities. The Girls Transform Campaign elicits insightful content from young women on the ground, strengthens their confidence as women, and ensures that influencers and powerful institutions hear their stories.
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Aminah's picture

thanks for being their inspiration

Dear cscabrido

I hope you continue on from the example set by your parents.
Wherever possible help people in need.

Those women will always be thankful for your family and they will strive harder to educate their children.

Stay happy
Aminah

Salaam
Aminah

libudsuroy's picture

Hi, Chen, Thank you for

Hi, Chen,
Thank you for pointing out a cultural safety net that helps empower village women: the forward-looking benevolence of the middle class. I can imagine how these many women would be graciously paying forward to other women in their own villages. A new law on the 'kasambahay' that was passed in Congress recently have institutionalized such kind of care-keeping of household caregivers.

Blessings,
libudsuroy/Lina Sagaral Reyes
Mindanao, The Philippines

''Every Day is a Journey and the Journey itself is Home.'' (Matsuo Basho)

Cali gal Michelle's picture

Chen- I truly appreciated

Chen- I truly appreciated your point of view in this journal entry. It is encouraging, refreshing, and powerful to hear a voice talking about empowering and facilitating. Using one's resources to help create change, which positively affects future generations. You have given us all a reminder and a challenge: to use our resources to help, empower, and above all, love.

Let us Hope together-
Michelle
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Emily Garcia's picture

Thank you for sharing!

Thank you for sharing this moving story. It is encouraging and inspiring to read how your family helped these young women pursue an education. I agree with Cali gal Michelle who posted above, "You have given us all a reminder and a challenge: to use our resources to help, empower, and above all, love."

The generosity of heart your family has shown and its willingness to share its resources to help others are great examples for us all.

Thank you again for sharing.

Best wishes,

Emily

Emily Garcia
World Pulse Online Community Lead

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