"VOF Week 2: (Behind every woman there is a story)."
“Can’t the whole world hear this?”
That is a question that I often ponder on in the process of my work among different communities. I have heard many great stories of courage, suffering, inspiration, disillusionment……..all in a day’s work. I recently sat down to capture stories of courage of women, and I could not help but wipe a tear with every new story that I listened to. The women who gave me their stories were all aged below 38 years, quite young. However the stories they told sounded like someone who had lived 101 years, and I was always amazed, “how did you manage all that” I asked.
The different answers given can be summarised as follows, “Because I am a woman and I have other women in my life”
It became all clear; it was all about what women have been doing each and every day but it remains invisible. It all came back to support from other women in their lives. Each and every woman I listen to in my daily life always leave me having a different view of the woman in all cases, a very deep respect of these women. I wish the stories can be written over their faces so that everyone who encounters them knows that there is a story behind this woman.
When is sit back to listen to the news, I only hear a fraction of what is happening in the world and I feel that there are unrepresented voices that nobody will get to hear. My passion is to make life better for community members and more so, girls and women and this can always happen if the voices of women are heard. Anywhere a girl or a woman is, that is my space.
I have listened to many women and girls tell their stories and wondered how better the world would be if their stories were told. That is my great reason for joining pulse wire. After getting to know about pulse wire during the AWID conference, I felt I will make the world better. I felt this is the space where I can tell the stories of women with the eyes of women. I know that there are so many untold stories of sheroes who have done so much for their community and have undergone so much but is there space for them to be heard? A space for women to learn from each another?
Yes there is; in pulse wire.
I am motivated by the many girls and women who have wanted to speak out but no space for this. I am in a position to amplify their voices and give them feedback. I will therefore be failing in my duty as an ambassador of women’s rights if I didn’t not grab the opportunity to be part of the ‘voices of future’. This is a step in fulfilling my personal vision of a community where women and girls are visible actors and agents of change.