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“VOF Week 2: (WAY TO GO)”

I stumbled upon an invitation to join Pulsewire on the net. On checking the site I was really amazed and amused. Women from all over the world were connecting while speaking for themselves. I really wanted to be a part of the community as I saw a platform to express as well as listen to other women. It was an excellent means to reach out to women from all over the world overcoming all the barriers.

Here I must admit that when I started out (I mean working) I found myself reluctant to do women oriented stories. It was not because the stories didn’t have merit but that I was afraid I might be confined to these issues only. I found men especially assigning/suggesting assignments, which were women centric, as if I was incapable of doing others. Of course I could do them better but I felt a pressure to prove that I could do others (stories) as well. I didn’t want to limit myself. But joining Pulsewire was my own decision. I found a glimmer of hope for me and other women as well.

For VOF in all honesty I accidentally clicked the icon and joined the group. It was destined to happen and I felt this was a signal from God to go for it. So I explored the group. Had I not joined earlier I would have definitely joined after checking it. So in real sense my journey began in reverse order. I joined first and then discovered what it is all about.

When I read the posts in Pulsewire and posted a few of my own the responses so generated opened my eyes to the potential it held. It reminded me of an incident. In Kashmir where I live body searches are common. That doesn’t make them any better. So once when a body search left me really disgusted I wanted to share it. I wanted to write about it as I find writing cathartic. I had inhibitions about writing it in local paper. But before that I wanted to know how other women felt about it. Women belonging to different nations, cultures think about it. In VOF I saw an opportunity to do exactly that.

I have always wanted to do something in life, something different, off the track, something I believe in. Life is difficult and its various pulls and pressures really challenge our limits. In VOF I see an opportunity to follow my heart.

A friend of mine was a victim of domestic violence. She confided in me. I tried to counsel her. We used to discuss the issue every now and then. Once all of sudden she said why don’t you write about it. “What will that do for you? How will it help you?” I asked. “I don’t know but do write about it” was her answer. That is where I derive my strength from and I see a lot of such moments in Pulsewire and vision many more in VOF.

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Brige's picture

VOF - Week 2

Thank you for your post and your personal story with WorldPulse! Brigitte

Margot's picture

Thanks!

Hi Nusrat,

My name is Margot and I am one the listeners for the VOF project. I really enjoyed reading your post for week two. I think what stuck out to me the most about this post was how different our personal experiences have been in life. Growing up in the United States I have never been subject to body searches and can't imagine my reaction to them. I'm really happy that you have found the courage to share your thoughts about these difficult subjects through pulswire and other media forms. I would love to hear more about what you do for work.

Thanks for sharing and best of luck with your work!
Margot

Nusrat Ara's picture

thanks

Dear Margot,

Thanks for your response and interest. I am a freelancer and also work in the corporate communication department of a local organization.I have done my Masters in Mass Communication and Journalism from Kashmir University. I long to go to full time journalism that is one of the resaons I applied for VOF. I intend to write a good piece on the searching incident but I am short of timr right now. Hope to do so soon.

Love
Nusrat

Nusrat

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