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From Invisable Barriers of Pain and Poverty A storm Breathes through me A Trumpeting voice for the World community

I have lived in several countries and in rural areas where people have few or no resources to survive let alone better their lives
Most of the people I help are women and children of a variety of ages. many are disabled and disadvantaged. The systems that they live under are systemically abusive and resistant to helping, so it is a real battle ground for truth and any justice needed. I have lived for the last 5 years in a remote village and assisted many people from the first nations communities. there is so much poverty and need for medical attention and resources such as water and food etc. The way of life has been interfered with by a more oppressive society and government which is cause for more abuse and neglect.

The constant assimilation into a system that is so different from the culture of the people in the area has been troublesome for anyone trying to make any effective changes .The values are very different and illness and poverty plague the people routinely. Another problem is alcohol and drug use to escape the pain of the harsh reality that most people face.
The so called service providers or agencies put in place to assist most times do more damage and then the cost for administration is very high so funds never make it to the people who really need it.
The people in these jobs have little or no understanding of the people they are to help so abuse then enters that same group again . Corruption in agencies is common and now considered to be the new norm.
I have been instrumental in having several investigated and there are more ongoing. I organized a social justice organization and recruited advocates over a 300 mile radius to assist with aiding a large number of people. The advocates put in long hours no pay and also do a lot of research and networking and personally meet with all who need aid or help with any concerns regarding services, goods, food and help with their situation. We help with finding legal assistance and programs for education. We hope to have more ways in the future to continue and expand the work that needs to be done.
I have worked with women to aid them in getting their story out on email and digital methods and directed them to world pulse and voices of woman and other groups where their voice can be heard and they can get past the barriers they face in their lives today. I use this myself to tell my story and to help others with digital news and blogging.
There is no library in some of the small villages so sharing a computer and letting women use my home office is one way I have helped and also advise that they not give out to much of their specific information. I also invited others to come and speak on these issues for the safety of those who are not familiar with the internet. There is a small library in the next village , that is a boat trip away and there are only 2 computers for use but the librarian is very good at helping with these issues once I explained the need for this type of digital help.

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Noriah Ismail's picture

A Commendable Effort

Well Done Diane for your selfless effort in empowering women from various developing countries through the use of the Internet!These women need and deserve alleviation programs more than any other. However, you did not mention which countries you have visited and specify on the projects you have accomplished or took part in. Maybe you should highlight in this.

Dr.Noriah Ismail
Senior Lecturer
Academy of Language Studies
UiTM Segamat Johor
Malaysia

Tam's picture

Providing means to Voices

Hello Diane,

From your words, I imagine you are in one of the many tiny, northern First Nations communities here in Canada. Your words bring forward the critical issues faced by so many Aboriginal people in this country. This is information that is important for everyone to know about, and join hands to solve. Yes, poverty, lack of medical services, even food and good water are major problems, along with the systemic abuse that you mention, from those sent to solve problems. Your description of pressures to assimilate into a very different culture is very real, along with the dilemma that the strength to fight assimilation must come from equal access to educational materials, including access to computers and the internet. Many people do not realize that in Canada most of us live along the southern border, where it is warmer, and where there are roads, but that many people, particularly First Nations people are spread out in traditional homelands across the sparsely populated North. Your contribution brings necessary information to everyone about the inequities existing here, and to the ongoing racism and ignorance directed toward Aboriginal people. Your work to create ways for women to find voice through the internet is critical. These efforts link with two current movements forming strongly in the Aboriginal community: A movement led by First Nations children for equal access to good schools, and a movement by First Nations women demanding Government accountability for the disappearance and murder of hundreds of First Nations women. Your words shine a light on a largely unknown or ignored situation here. Your work to provide access to women in your location can serve to link isolated women with a larger group of sisters. Thank you for writing about this, and thank you for your work.

With love and In Sisterhood,

Tam

Diane Dillon's picture

For all it is worth

Thank You Tam and Dr.Noriah Ismail for your thoughts and your voice. I have lived and worked in Canada USA and Mexico. I have a keen desire to contribute somehow to the issues that face the people of the sudan , somalia and Darfur. I would to in the near future join a group and go there to rool up my sleeves and assist in any way possible for find out alos how to help form here. I do not have a lot of money I am humble pockets big heart but I would like to be effective in helping the people there and anywere else where there is so much injustice.

thank you for all you said and all you do

valjune42's picture

Spreading Awareness

Hi Diane,

Your words are more important than ever for people to hear today. I am from Oregon in the United States and pride myself on knowing about populations who are ignored or not heard in our "public spheres" today. However, your grassroots story is humbling and eye opening. Though I have learned and sought out, even traveled to places to hear first hand narratives of people who are not being acknowledged by their political and social structures, I do not know anything about the First Nations communities in Canada. Your story is one of my first experiences with hearing about the peoples in Canada who need the most empowerment at this time. So often our world thinks the co-opting of peoples is necessary, but to what extent is it 'just,' if at all? And how/are we going to be able to change the systems to allow for people to live as they would without dominating & oppressive structures? These questions cannot easily be answered, if at all. However, your work and your words are hope and awareness being spread in order to help educate others and empower those who need to know that others support them and are listening for their voices.

Thank you for what you do in our world,
Valorie

erinluhmann's picture

Dear Diane, I agree with Dr.

Dear Diane,

I agree with Dr. Noriah Ismail in that it would be nice to hear more about the details of the initiatives you've undertaken. From your voice and passion, I gather that you've worked to empower the disenfranchised in many ways, in may different places. So don't hold back. Please ground your testimony in examples so we can find constructive ways to celebrate what you've accomplished and support the work you've identified that still needs to be done.

Also, one quick question: Are the women you're working with able to access Internet via mobile devices?

Looking forward to reading more of your writing!

Best,
Erin

Shilpa Balakrishnan's picture

Great...!!!

Hi Diane...
By helping those people you have done a great job. You opened a path to solve their problems. Its sad to hear that the remote people even doesn't even know about computer nor internet. Women and children suffer a lot mainly due to their culture and tradition. There was a news some days before that some students was hospitalized by eating chocolates, when they took the sample they found drugs in them. And like wise the drug mafias send drugs also in pen through students.
Thanking you for sharing this. Your work is worth appreciating.
Love
Shilpa.

CarinPostal's picture

Thank you

Thank you for sharing and thank you for your work. Keep directing women to this site! I would love to hear their stories. I do have a question for you: how would you rank the importance or urgency of women's rights or women's access to the internet in this society that struggles for basic human rights like food, water, and strength in an oppressive system? How can we prioritize the rights of women with these other basic essentials? And how do you see the internet helping these women in their communities? Please continue sharing knowing that your work is important and you have support!

Jan K Askin's picture

First Nations Values

Dear Diane,

I think that the United States, my country, has a dismal record in regards to our Native Americans. A couple years ago, I discovered that the Canadian government had committed similar egregious crimes against their first nations until quite recently.

Sigh.

So one speaks out. That is the first step, which you have done so effectively. I know a little about your First Nations that I find admirable. There exists a sacred reverence for "elders." The aesthetics of Inuit chants and hero rhythms are lovely. I wonder if there is a way to use the Internet to broadcast the values of the First Nation peoples that might create the idea that we need to cherish these traditional cultures.

These cultures cannot remain vital unless basic human needs are met and corruption is rooted out.

The North American treatment of indigenous peoples is repeated on all continents. Thank you so much for spreading word. We must remain vigilant about misuse of resources and corruption.

Your Sister in the US,

Jan

Jan Askin

Diane Dillon's picture

your comment

Jan,
Thank you for your input and thoughts. Have you ever been to canada. Where do you live. Do feel free to email me
Diane ddenlighten@hotmail.com

Diane Dillon's picture

objectives and issues and actions

hello everyone. over the past 20 years or more I have gotten involved in a number of issues that affect everyone and a lot that affect women and children. in 1993 I hosted and organized a public event with about 22 guest speakers . This event was covered by television , radio and newspapers. The event was to address the issues of violence that plague our world today. I have been on radio a number of times to deal with issues on a number of topics. I would love to ahve my own radio show or station that would give woman a voice and others as well. I have written on topics of homelessness for times colunist newspaper. I deal with a lot of victims of crime and people who are painfully marginalized in any system.
corruption is a constant and is something that needs to be dealt with.
I hope somehow that there will be others who will help wiht the radio station idea and what is needed

kati.mayfield's picture

Speaking out!

Dear Diane,

I am in the same boat with Valorie above, grateful to you for opening my eyes to a plight and a people I did not know about before.

The radio station idea is a great one. Does the community you live in have better infrastructure to support radio than it does internet?

Continue your good work!

-Kati

*resolved this year to think twice and to smile twice before doing anything*

Diane Dillon's picture

thank you

There is one small radio station in nearest town called the port. it is open part time. I have been on there radio show a few times to talk topic etc . I would like to get back there , there is a new owner. I did a television project 1993 to address the issue of violence in our communities alll over and had 18 guest speakers. We held this event in the large park bandshell in victoria BC and had it run all day . it was covered by TV radio and newspapers. There were a lot of assaults over those years in parks and car jackings so I chose to do this .

I am open to ideas to get media involved or establish my own.

milliej7's picture

dedication

Diane,
Thank you for sharing your experiences supporting women and fighting injustice. Your dedication comes through in your writing and the projects you mention. You clearly have a vision and understand that through public events supported by the media you can connect with more people and share what is happening (the good and the bad). I like the idea of using the radio if the internet is still not easy to access.
What an inspiration you are!

Diane Dillon's picture

your voice heard

HELLO
THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND WORDS.
I just keep doing what needs to be done I never really thought of how it may affect others but thank you again. Where do you live and tell me more about your life etc. my email is ddenlighten@hotmail.com I have a copy of the media event on violence I can send you. let me know
Diane

Riya's picture

Internet

Hello Diane,

Thank you for bringing these very important topics to light. It is sad to see that still many people are denied services or opportunities simply because they live in a certain part of the world, town, or remote area. Often these resources, such as the Internet, are very hard to reach for people who are denied the power and voice allowed to others.

It is unfortunate that still many resources are based on proximity to a city. It often takes ages for resources, such as the Internet, to reach rural places where still a majority of people especially women, youth, and children are still not able to get them. It is amazing that there are many people like you who exist and not only work in those remote areas but also helped people to connect with the world!

Peace,

Riya

tjron1's picture

Hi Diane

Your story has sparked so much within me. I too work in a poverty stricken area and struggle with how to help people with inadequate funding and the knowledge that so many we work with need more than what we can offer. I like how you are willing to bring people into your home to assist them. You are a very giving person. Don't stop the giving. It's important.

It is hard to work toward bringing people to justice and I think your help in this area should be commended. Keep up all that you do. Sometimes we are not changing lives but planting the seed that will later grow into change.

Keep it up!

Tammy

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