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You never change the world alone.

This is why I joined World Pulse.

As an individual we hold different ideals and ideas on how we can make things better for the generations of dreamers after us. On our own we feel, bleed, cry and hope as we take steps on how we could correct the mistakes of the past and make sure the present has learned its lessons.

Each of us - every wonderful, amazing woman here - has her own line of expertise, specialization where she best channels concrete changes.I report on the justice system and climate change - I've seen, identified the different conflicts regarding these subjects and hence have an idea of what has to be done to address these issues.

I've written about how politicization has weakened the grandeur of the Supreme Court's credibility. Every time the justices flip-flop, change their decisions, disregard jurisprudence, they change the course of lives and the direction of institutions - and this is not always for the better. Under the time of then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the flip-flopping was largely influenced by the political loyalties of the magistrate, the appointee, to the president - the one who appointed them.

When one of Arroyo's most trusted allies in the Supreme Court - Chief Justice Renato Corona - was impeached - there was a big, important opportunity for the people, the public to influence the selection process, make sure the next woman or man - who will not only sit on the court but lead it - is independent, competent and has integrity.

As a reporter, I asked my editor if we can make a call-out and crowdsource questions from the people - who should you want your next chief justice to be? What are you looking for the next chief justice? and so on and so forth.

I also made a 3-part video report on how the Supreme Court has been politicized and on what could be done to stop it.

Now I aim to put up a website that will just track the developments in one of the worst cases of media killings in my country and even in the world - the Maguindanao massacre, where 58 people died, 32 of whom are journalists. After more than 3 years, why do witnesses to the crime keep getting killed?

On one hand, when it comes to climate change, I want to create ways to closely monitor how different sectors could one, be affected by its possible effects and two, on how they could adapt to them. I want to have a cohesive, comprehensive, interactive site that would make people active participants in crafting action plans for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The problems in the justice system, the challenges that come with climate change - these vary from one country to another, but their impacts on our lives are pretty much the same.

In India, the slow wheels of justice and the lack of evidence-gathering skills among the police would hinder the resolution of rape cases. We all have heard of how tragic these crimes are and on how imperative it is to stop them. In the Philippines, it may not be the rape cases, it may be the Maguindanao massacre or cases of enforced disappearances, but the pains of the victims' families are one and the same.

On the issue of climate change, the threats of food insecurity and massive flooding are not only present in the Philippines. These are also the concerns of other developing countries.

We all face similar challenges to our growth, to our humanity. And these challenges are better addressed together.

This is the reason why I want to be a World Pulse correspondent - because we never change the world alone. Individually, we have our strengths. Collectively, these strengths could change the world.


Anita Muhanguzi's picture

That is very true

Dear Purpleromero thank you for this very informative post. You are very right that we need to stand together so that our voices are united for change. We never achieve anything by ourselves. Thank you and continue to post more stories to your journal and never feel discouraged we are here for you my dear.

Mrs. Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Head of Legal and Advocacy
Centre for Batwa Minorities
Skype: mrs_muhanguzi

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