VOF 2 (HOW WORLDPULSE CAME INTO MY WORLD)
I have always had a passion for writing. I started out just writing whatever news I could get my hands on. Initially in college I trained in radio production and I worked in radio for one year but I realized that there was no memory in radio. Yes people heard the broadcast but after a few months it was all forgotten maybe because the public rarely records any production, while in writing they get to keep the article.
During my post graduate studies I decided to concentrate on my writing while doing a module on gender and development, I developed interest in writing on women issues.This class opened my eyes to the worlds of “the woman” and my urge to write about them kept growing. I took up internship at the UN Humanitarian News Service and while here I wrote a lot about women in need. This group included refugees, rape victims, and rebels, I enjoyed my time there.
But when I got a job as a communication officer for an environmental organization, I had a very narrow window to explore and write about women issues. I had deadline to meet in terms of editing program documentation and organizing events. But after while, I could not keep off. Hence I decided to establish two different blogs to write about women issues.
At first I embraced blogging with so much enthusiasm and putting down my thoughts after a hard day was fulfilling. But then my responsibilities at work coupled with my studies took a better part of my day and slowly the blogs were forgotten.
I got a new job in a much bigger humanitarian organization and part of my work is creating visibility on a project working with Sexual Gender Based Violence. Interacting with these women aroused a mixture of feelings in me. I was saddened and horrified at what they had gone through while at the same time their strength and will to move on and fight for other women inspired me.
I knew about Worldpulse from a fellow journalist who sent me the link after we talked about how my work drained me, and when I went to the link, I was impressed. The pictures and voices of the women across the world was the most inspiration thing I have experienced in a long time.
These are women of all walks of life, race, religion, culture , education, but are all brought together by one factor, to voice out their concerns, feeling and aspirations. Worldpulse for me is an ingenious discovery that continues to change the lives of many people, mine included. The subjects of discussion are varied, and leave me thinking about my life, and that of that career woman on Wall street, the refugee in Darfur, the vegetable vendor in Nairobi slum estate, and the woman who lost her family to the Tamil tigers in Sri Lanka. That is how worldpulse is changing my life and helping me in vision of helping women be heard.