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Introducing myself and my journal: Helping women and girls around the world to beat the odds

At Hopely Primary school Zimbabwe after an empowerment workshop.

I am very passionate about the subject of Girls and Women's Empowerment. I am Princess Marie-Claire Nabila Kuja. I am from Cameroon; a trained nurse and gender specialist who have engaged almost a decade's experience in writing, mentoring, adolescent girls and women's empowerment as well as a very keen interest around girls and women's stories. Almost a decade ago I started writing for an online life style magazine called E-zine on self-esteem and women empowerment. I have authored three bestselling self-help books {Amazon kindle Top 100} on self-esteem building and other empowerment related topics. I am also a self -esteem and empowerment columnist for Unlia Magazine, a New York based life style magazine. Details of my work experience can be found at www.falselabelseries.biz/bio.
And www.unliamagazine.com/

Against my background growing up in Cameroon, I was resilient and determined to break away from the ordinary and pursue my dreams to visibly contribute to development in my country and other parts of the world especially its women and girls. I missed a step as a teen and got pregnant. Life took a different turn as I was immediately stigmatized and treated like and outcast which was greatly damaging to my self-esteem. However, I had a great family who understood the importance of education and decided to give me another chance by sending me to school. Life in school was a nightmare as the bullying [taunting, teasing and name calling] got even worst. But I made a life changing decision—to make education my first and only priority. This decision changed my life because it eventually earned me an opportunity to study abroad (U S A).Education both in the classroom and reading self-help books on self- esteem building, confidence and other related topics plus my personal determination to succeed inspired, empowered and encouraged me to transform my life. In the course of my experience working with development organizations, and studying abroad {USA} I realized my passion for girls and women's empowerment grew even more and more so I kept pursuing this passion with every fiber in me.
As a means of passing on the privilege I had, I set up an Organization called False Labels Global Inc. False Labels Global Inc. Which is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization established in New York in 2012, primarily seeks to provide a platform where girls and women around the world can be inspired and empowered through self-esteem building workshops and empowerment conferences. We also help girls who have the brains but no money with tuition assistance. As part of our program we assist girls to stay in school buy helping with reusable sanitary pads. While a lot of support from local and international organizations are directed at girls and women in the local communities in most African countries, I turned my focus towards the underserved girl and woman;{ rape victims, domestic violence victims, teenage moms, the very poor and disadvantaged woman, children orphaned by HIV & Aids, breast ironing victims and female genital mutilation victims}. The believe is that their self –esteem {true sense of self-worth and individuality} has been tampered with. They feel like outcast because of the shame and stigma attached to their misfortunes. They stand a greater chance of giving up in life or risk drifting through life with no sense of purpose. The truth is that in these women and girls lies a lot of untapped potentials. If given the opportunity they will become future leaders no doubt. My mission is to convince them or persuade them enough to bring those potentials out despite all odds, by making them to see and value themselves again. The community I create is for these girls to share information among themselves to improve their knowledge-base and eventually improve their chances of a better life. I find that the subject of confidence, good self-esteem, inspiration, empowerment and so much more are carefully eroding in our society, particularly with girls and it is important that our girls know that their voices count and who they are matters. If they don't know that they are worthy and their voices count today, they will never be bold to speak and impact their environment tomorrow. What I know for sure is that if you educate a girl child; you educate the future because that educated girl becomes an educated mother and keeps the cycle moving. False Labels Global Inc. currently has a Facebook Page where girls are connecting and information is shared on various subjects and news about girls all over the world. This is the first stage as FLGI plans to eventually expand her online presence and develop various digital and other resources to educate girls. We also envisage that this online platform would become a connecting thread between the girls and we would be able to have the girls share their stories and experiences to motivate and inspire other girls. Girls can visit our Facebook Page and like us a https://www.facebook.com/pages/False-Labels-Global/198836573624072.

In 2013, I created Women & Girls of strength Conference & workshop curriculum which can be used in churches, schools, women’s ministries, women’s clubs, to teach ways to build self - esteem and confidence. The model quickly got popular among workshop participants and through word of mouth and the power of social media, I was invited by 2007 CNN hero Betty Makoni from Zimbabwe to come down to southern Africa and help the girls and women whose sense of self -worth had been damaged . The trip was one of I greatest achievements as many girls and women were inspired and empowered to transform their lives.

I also founded Women who change Africa, a book and award project which showcases and recognize extraordinary African women change makers ,whose leadership create a better future, and whose life's work have created transformational impact in their homes, communities and the world. The book and award ceremony will be held in New York in January 2015 Link with us at https://www.facebook.com/WomenWhoChangedAfrica.

My books have been adopted for use in (churches, schools, youth’s groups and women’s groups in Ghana, Cameroon, Zimbabwe and Bethany Baptist Church Brooklyn New York (Bible summer class) among others. Get books at

I am a passionate speaker in numerous panels and workshops, primarily those devoted to the enhancement of self-esteem of young girls and women throughout the world. So don't hesitate to contact, me for your speaking engagement needs. My passion is to inspire, empower, encourage and motivate others to overcome any strongholds that have held them back for so long. I respect, cherish and embrace my calling as a true gift from God and am ready and willing to spread my wings wherever God leads. I am originally from the African country of Cameroon and lives in New York.

I am excited to be a World Pulse member and I look forward to engaging as much support as I can get to improve my work and share my experiences with other vibrant women doing so much for girls and women around the world.
Today’s girls are tomorrow’s mothers and leaders, Women & Girls voices need to count once and for all!

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First, I must say "Welcome to World Pulse". I am so glad to find you in our online community, a platform where every voice counts. You have already gotten yourself to a great start by sharing your very rich and impressive profile and post. I just want to read it over and over again!

I am so happy that you overcame all the odds that stirred you in the face during your trying moments. Wow, Princess Marie-Claire Nabila Kuja, your story is very inspiring as it is an exceptional example of 'pain becoming gain'. There are so many points from your post which I would love to recap, but I'll just keep it down to two. I particularly love these lines- " What I know for sure is that if you educate a girl child; you educate the future because that educated girl becomes an educated mother and keeps the cycle moving. What a phenomenal statement, and how so true it is!

You are doing a great work and I very much agree with you that "the subject of confidence, good self-esteem, inspiration, empowerment and so much more are carefully eroding in our society....". I have learnt a lot from your post, and sincerely appreciate you for sharing about the wonderful efforts you are making to engender change.

Congratulations to you for the prestigious awards, recognition and accolades that has continued to flow in your direction. If you haven't already done so, I hope you will consider participating in the ongoing World Pulse 'Women Weave the Web Campaign'. You've got all it takes, and look forward to reading your submissions.

Keep enjoying all the learning, sharing, connecting and networking that World Pulse provides for. Together we can keep talking the talk, walking the talk, talking the walk, and walking the walk.

Hugs to you from Nigeria,
Greengirl

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A billion Appreciation

Whao! Ma sist. I am thankful for this wonderful welcome and your very kind words.I am so humbled by this.We give all glory and adoration to God for making it possible for us to connect.I am so glad to be here where real women meet to talk real world changing and life changing issues.Thanks a billion for sowing seeds of greatness in me with your words.

May the good Lord bless and enrich you.
Kuja

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"I am excited to be a World

"I am excited to be a World Pulse member and I look forward to engaging as much support as I can get to improve my work and share my experiences with other vibrant women doing so much for girls and women around the world.
Today’s girls are tomorrow’s mothers and leaders, Women & Girls voices need to count once and for all!"

Welcome, Kuja. You are so on target with what we at World Pulse seek to accomplish. We are so happy to have you as part of our worldwide efforts at empowerment through education.

You are now a part of a thriving grassroots network of women leaders and supporters from more than 190 countries. See the Getting Started Guide to learn more about networking in our community: http://worldpulse.com/pulsewire/about/guide

I look forward to hearing more of your voice in WorldPulse.

Blessings.
Yvette

Yvette

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Together we are stronger

Thanks you loads for the very warm welcome Yvette. Sure am definitely glad to be here and look forward to sharing my experiences with others .I also know there's so much to learn here given the fact that we have women from all walks of life. Together we are stronger. I appreciate you .
Stay blessed.
Kuja.

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