VOF Week 2: Building a future
I wanted to establish links with women from other countries and I decided to look for information about networks of women on the internet. There, I arrived to the page of Pulse Wire. Definitely, the message “no one speaks for me, I speak for myself”, touched my heart and my mind. I see that mass media in general is not interested in spreading the voice of women, mainly if it is an indigenous voice. Here in Bolivia, mass media is mostly on hands of prívate enterprises . So, what can one do? ¿To stay enclosed waiting that perhaps someday, somebody will give me a microphone or give me a space in his newspaper to express what I need? The answer is no, because I may be waiting the rest of my life and nothing will happen. I decided to speak for myself and in some minutes I was part of this network.
“We built our future”, says other message that I have heard and listened in different circumstances. What do now will have its consequences in the future, in our future. I felt motivated to participate in this group because I though it was a door opening for all of us who have the need to built an inclusive world, where the role and the importance of women could be really taken into account. At the same time that we contribute for our future, we also help to contribute for the future of female children too as in a kind of circle.
My motivation is to speak and to write about my culture and situation of indigenous women in rural and urban contexts. As I expressed in other post, to be a woman living in an underdeveloped country, to be from indigenous origin implies a lot of challenges. To be part of a network , to belong to a huge group of active women sharing their stories gives me a sense of linking efforts to make something for each of us.