A Stronger and Louder Voice
A National Women Leadership Network; that serves as a platform where women all over the nation unite for a common course and speak in one voice is what I look forward to achieving.
I spent 22 years of my life trying to know me, who I am and what I was meant to do only to realize that the answer had been with me all through. All I ever wanted and all I ever did was help people discover themselves, and use their inner strength to create change within and without. I realized helping people discover themselves, find a way out of their challenges and being able to improve their lives made me feel fulfilled. Since then my daily assignment has been finding better ways of helping people.
I realized that I could only help when someone opened up to me and made me understand they were hurting, not feeling worthy, discouraged about life or felt they were not good enough. Later on I found out that some people have a hard time articulating their problems so I will have them write it down and I’ll write back to them with an advice or answer to their questions.
As time went on I came across people who wanted to stay anonymous, so they will drop me notes explaining their problem and I’ll do well to leave them a note as well with their answers and I’ll always end my notes with this phrase; ‘Your life doesn’t have a duplicate, so use every minute you are graced with to do something you will be proud of, I burnt your note after reading so your problem only exists in you now, decide what you will do about it today’
For the past two years that I have been a development worker, I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of people and this has given me a whole new perspective of things, people have even greater challenges and need answers that I alone cannot give. They need to speak pass me to some greater authority. I realized many women go through challenges they can’t help themselves out of, some don’t even know that what is being done to them is wrong, some know it’s wrong because it hurts, leaves them feeling wasted or unworthy and are almost chocking of the pain but don’t know what to do about it.
I have had some tell me I feel better now that I have told you about it. Then I understood that sharing experiences was healing to most people as it is to me, it actually feels like some load has been taken off you. But this feeling only last a while till the situation presents itself again. When I listen to them I’d say if this good feeling could only last forever. I realized healing could only be complete if the situation they found themselves in changed to what they desired.
Something needs to be done with these stories; they need an even stronger and louder voice, in the right places and to the hearing of the right people for change to occur. This ‘stronger and louder voice’ we can get when many more women all over start preaching the same message where ever they find themselves. I live to make this happen in my country, I live to help ignite in women the fire to be their own voice and be agents of change in their families, communities, country and the world.
The ‘Voices of Our Future Program’ is one of the most essential steps in achieving my vision. I need the training, the guidance, the advice and all the comments I am getting right now to build my capacity as the voice for women in my community and a national network of women activists. Sometimes I really get carried away by my work as the office prescribes that I forget I have a mission to accomplish. I need to stay focused and this program helps me do just that. This one month has been very helpful, I have accomplished much and have stayed reminded of the reason I live – to help people.