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VOF Week 2: Speaking the Truth Deeply

What led me to come into the Pulse community, was its declaration of Women Speaking for them. For over a year now, I feel that I have not been able to do so. Living in a strongly patriarchal country, caused me to become more silent, submissive and voiceless. I hadbeen working in a male dominated environment in Ethiopia, and that caused me to become silent. I felt like I was speaking for other women, but certainly not for myself. I guess I really needed to hear my own voice speak about me. As an activist, I often times get caught up in speaking for other women, and forget what my needs are. However being home, in Uganda, I feel like I have found my voice once again. Hearing the stories on Pulse, through others journal writings encourages me to not only speak, but to speak the truth deeply. Because, I can be easy to speak the truth, but speaking it deeply requires a certain audience. That audience, is happening here at pulse, and it makes me feel like I am a part of a real community of sister-friends.

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Maria de Chirikof's picture

"sister friends"

I love that word since it says it is by our choice and a true bond between us all. I love how you want to speak the truth deeply, that is where the true wisdom lays!

I look forward to reading more of your articles,

Maria

dr edonna's picture

You are most Welcome!

It is true a Sister Friend is one who shares both places in ones heart, and they speak soul to soul. I learned this phrase while working with an international women's conference that truly introduced me to woman and sisterhood, and I have carried their love within my soul ever since. I wish we could have more forums as the one I experienced back in the late 90's.

molliv's picture

speak up!

i am so glad that worldpulse has given you a place where you can not only speak but be heard. i have learned over the last few weeks that my role in the whole "voices of the future" project is bigger than i initially thought. it never occurred to me that in some places finding the courage to speak is SO hard that if there is no one listening, it can feel pointless, i would imagine.

i am curious to know how you heard about worldpulse in the first place, and if you have ever spoken out before in terms of lecturing or writing for audiences, and maybe got discouraged? or is this the first time you have a felt a true opportunity to do so? i am getting very interested in what drives people to defy the norms of their own society.

thanks so much for making me think!

~molli

Don't let your worries get the best of you. Remember, even Moses started out as a basket case.

dr edonna's picture

Thank You Molli

I have given lectures and done some speaking to audiences, but not enough to satisfy my love for it. I wish to do more, and you are right in time it will happen. But I am at the mid-life reflective phase of life, whereby I am examining where I have come from and where I want to go in the next 43 years. I have spoken out before, but it has been a long time since I have had the opportunity to join a community of Sister Friends, who share similar passions and encourage each other, which is what I truly need at this point in my life. Often times I am isolated, except by long distance calling, which doesn't allow me to talk or share what is on my heart much, and I have a need for soul heart-to -heart communication. So, I take it where I can get it. I often feel there is much inside of me that wants a greater opportunity for expression, like so many of my SFs. Thank you Molli for the encouragement you have offered.

nikki's picture

You are a gift!

I am so grateful you are here in the World Pulse Community of women. What a gift it is to all of us to hear your words, and share in your struggle, at least on the page.

I thank you for telling us how difficult it is to live in a place where you, and other women, are so severely oppressed. It makes it all the more inspiring that you are willing to speak out, to "Speak the Truth Deeply." I hope you continue to talk to your "Sister Friends" at World Pulse. We will be listening!

Sincerely,

Nikki Jardin

dr edonna's picture

Thank you Nikki

I am so ankhful to you for your comments, and encouragement, it means much to me. Yes, it is very challenging living here, but I am ankhful that I was born of the female species because everyday, I realize how special we truly are. Especially because of our gift to give, love and share.

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