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Why am the best candidate for VOF 2013 future applicants

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On my right inner ankle you will find ‘life’ tattooed in Chinese Characters.
I love everything about life and it is no surprise I found my calling in rights advocacy especially minority rights. Am specifically touched with the plight of children , and women plus violation of their rights ,and sexual minorities as I believe they are the most marginalized in my community. I believe my personal change can impact a community and hence the world over.

My personal vision for my life is to just be happy, and things that make me happy are making sure everyone has the same opportunities. That some people are not left to feel less human simply because they have had less ‘luck’ in life. I love to vie for women empowerment and equality, make sure children’s voices are heard ,When adults are making decisions that affect children, children have the right to say what they think should happen and have their opinions taken into account,which they seldom are .I would also love to push for change in policies like equality for LGBTS . [Lesbian,Gay, Bisexual and Transgenders].

Article 36 of the Constitution of Uganda states that '' Minorities have a right to participate in the decision making process and their views and interests shall be taken into account in the making of national plans and programes'' Gross human rights abuses have been suffered by the lesbian, Gay bisexual and transgender people in Uganda. LGBT people should be included among the people who should enjoy minority rights as laid down in the Uganda Constitution which is the supreme law.. My passion stems from love, I have seen close people to me deeply affected by the existing policies which I cannot directly change.
My core most values are freedom, justice , respect and family.

Active advocacy is my passion now , my hope someday is to set up a minority rights company and push for such policies, such that they can pass.
I would love to be a Voices of our future correspondent because it will put me in a place where I can speak out on defects in rights for children , women and sexual minorities. I believe this is a forum to be heard and make change and that women are extremely crucial in this process. This training program in citizen journalism and digital empowerment will set me not only at my community , but I will achieve world change activism , being heard is something i don't take for granted, it fits well in my vision for active rights advocacy for minority groups.
Being a Voice Of the Future correspondent will put me at the world Center stage, being on world pulse is something I had never thought would happen to me, to be able to report on a story and change policies will be such a climax for me .

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kirthijay's picture

Patsy, you totally are the

Patsy, you totally are the best candidate :) I hope you get in!

Tash's picture

me too, thanks for rooting

me too, thanks for rooting for me Kirthijay. x

Kind Regards,
Patsy.

Very moving and inspiring Patsy.
I see great strength in you as a women advocate.
Wish you all the best.

Salaam
Aminah

Tash's picture

Thank you so much

Thank you so much Aminah!
wish u the best too.x
Salaam

Kind Regards,
Patsy.

jacollura's picture

Go, Patsy, go!

I'm rooting for you, sister!
With love,
Julie

Tash's picture

no beating around the bush am

no beating around the bush am i? LOL
Aww, thanks for rooting for me!x

Kind Regards,
Patsy.

jacollura's picture

No point in beating around

No point in beating around the bush. If you want it, say you want it.

Tash's picture

I WANT IT!!!! :)

I WANT IT!!!!
:)

Kind Regards,
Patsy.

surfgirl-CA's picture

that's the truth...

!!! Women are so often condemned for saying they want something, for promoting themselves or even for having strong voices. Best of luck to you.

surfgirl-CA --
When we come from the willingness to love, not fear, we will see the best and highest materialize in our world.
Quand nous venons à partir de la volonté à l'amour, pas la peur, nous allons voir le meilleur et le plus élevé se matérialise

Tash's picture

thanks Surfgirl-CA

thanks Surfgirl-CA

Kind Regards,
Patsy.

wow - that's a loaded issue in most places, isn't it? I am happy to hear a VOF applicant talking about this issue. LGB people are present in ALL continents, all races, all ethnicities, all societies & all historical periods. And to think we still do not know the biological or other basis of homosexuality... -- when we do learn this, ppl will look back historically and shake their heads at our ignorance and the harm many cultures have done to these folks.

I know that American evangelical Christians have gone to Africa to preach that homosex. is sinful & they have achieved some buy-in there, in additional to indigenous beliefs. That's so concerning. Here in the States, the issues of gay rights is really gathering steam. Several federal legislators have changed their position on this issue in the past few months -- often because THEY themselves have gay family. And 2 days ago, the man who ran as Republican political party vice-presidential candidate last year, Paul Ryan, who is himself a fundamentalist Roman Catholic, stated that he would approve gay adoption of children!! That was striking, coming from him.

Before prejudice and violence against gays becomes more entrenched and condoned in African society, via law etc., the efforts of ppl like you, Patsy, will be crucial. But don't expect to be liked for it!

Keep that spirit for life! It itself is a power. best, Tina

surfgirl-CA --
When we come from the willingness to love, not fear, we will see the best and highest materialize in our world.
Quand nous venons à partir de la volonté à l'amour, pas la peur, nous allons voir le meilleur et le plus élevé se matérialise

Tash's picture

Hey Surfgirl, thanks so much

Hey Surfgirl, thanks so much for the input , i have always loved how liberal the US is on the whole, hope Ugandan politicians catch on quickly but that is still a big prayer. Am sure people support rights equality for sexual minorities but they support them too in the closet for fear of being shun ed and ridiculed . i will surely keep pushing on and am well aware of the risks but its worth it.x

Kind Regards,
Patsy.

Beverly Rose's picture

WOW!

Dear Patsy,

I could FEEL your love of life through my computer screen! and it is contagious! It is this kind of enthusiasm and energy that sets the world on fire - a fire of freedom and equality. I know that you will be a shaker and a mover -for the underserved and underprivileged, making this world a safer, freer place to live. Thank you for all you do and thank you for sharing your Light with us. May you be selected as one of the candidates for VOF. You will certainly take center stage!

In peace,
Beverly

Tash's picture

Thanks for the very kind

Thanks for the very kind words Beverly Rose.x

Kind Regards,
Patsy.

Pushpa Achanta's picture

Crucial campaign

Dear Patsy,

Thanks for your outspoken and courageous stand towards gender minorities. May you realize your aspirations. Continue the wonderful work.

Warmly,
Pushpa

Tash's picture

Thank you so much Pushpa.x

Thank you so much Pushpa.x

Kind Regards,
Patsy.

Tash's picture

THANKS GUYS!!!!! am humbled.

THANKS GUYS!!!!! am humbled.

Kind Regards,
Patsy.

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