"VOF Week 4: (SACRED RESPONSIBILTY)."
When Naomi saw me that afternoon, she smiled but her eyes betrayed her. Are you okay? I asked my 11 year old friend in a rural community near Accra (the capital city of Ghana) curiously. She nodded. I could see hurt and pain yet passion and vision for a better life in her brown eyes. She was not the only one. All the others who surrounded me that afternoon for the basic radio broadcasting training looked same.
My stomach rumbled. My heart spoke silently as I began thinking hard what I could do to help improve the lives of these young girls I have the opportunity to meet and to know through my work as a project facilitator for the child rights radio project I was volunteering for. Some years ago, I was just like one of them. It is not a pleasant life as far back as I can remember…
I could see. I could smell. I could hear them scream silently “we want a better life and we want to let the whole know that!” That was when I began seeing beyond the brown eyes, the dark skin colors and the heights of the young lives- our future life-givers, ministers, presidents and agents of change surrounding me.
I had a different lens from the one I was wearing that particular day and my heart began singing “I have a dream…” But what can I do? How can I do what I want to do? These questions among others slipped into my thoughts uninvited as I tossed helplessly in bed that night. It was not too long when I gave birth to “GREIGHT LEADERS’ FOUNDATION” with the vision of seeing "a world where every woman would be assertive and economically independent."
I have always knew I had a unique passion and a personal vision of bringing positive change to first of all my life, my family, my community and my generation. I have always wanted to see girls and women being assertive and economically independent through quality education.
Growing up, there were a lot of realities, situations, circumstances, systems and theories that were unfavorable to women’s development and progress every corner I found my small self. These realities, situations, circumstances etc affected and still affect women’s education, health, personal development. They are ugly in my eyes. They have a pungent smell in my nose and I want to be part of the answers and the positive change in those areas in my life, my family, community, nation and generation in my own small and unique way.
I want to see a community where women can speak out and take initiatives to improve their lives and I want to see and to raise generational women leaders who would be agents of change first of all in their families and immediate communities through encouraging, coaching and mentoring young girls.
Today when I hear Naomi, Humu and Dorcas speak confidently on radio about their rights and responsibilities and most importantly about issues that affect them in their small community and suggesting innovative answers and solutions to curb these problems I just know that it is just the beginning of the change I want to see.
Being a correspondent to Pulsewire will be a sacred opportunity to answer my call of helping bring to the fore diverse issues that affect women in order to find creative and innovative solutions and be part of the positive change in my community, nation and generation.
I want to be a correspondent for Pulswire so I can help us all hear the silent voices and the burning issues on the hearts of the privileged and the under privileged woman, the educated and the uneducated. The rich and the poor, the young and the old woman in all corners, streets and villages different from the ones you are familiar with through the new medium such as the one that Pulsewire introduces.
Here I come confidently and proudly with the words, pictures and the solutions – the “adwen” (thoughts or perspectives) of the sacred silent voices of our sisters from another part of our world-Ghana as a correspondent of Pulsewire.