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VOF Week 4: Letting my Light Shine

My personal vision for my life is to be a confident self-assured woman who can stand up and shake off the shackles of culture and tradition that suppress my realising my full potential as a woman, as an African, and as an advocate for human rights. I want at the same time to uphold that aspect of my culture and tradition that really esteem the African woman, and gives her that rightful place within her society, upholding her rights as a woman and a human being. I envision myself in a position that I can be a role model for my daughters, granddaughter, nieces, and all girls and young women of my community, of Zimbabwe, Southern Africa, and the African continent. I want to give hope to people, share my agonies and joys, and by sharing in an effort to transform my own life and reassert myself, I envision this as a way of transferring that transformation in a positive way to transform other people’s lives.

Being a correspondent will help me achieve this vision as I am in a position where I am interacting with a cross-section of people, from women, girls and youths at grassroots level, including rural communities; and programme implementers and policy-makers. Being a correspondent will help sharpen my skills – visual, listening, and writing – helping represent my true self and hopefully touch other people’s hearts.. It will mean reaching those communities I never imagined I would reach. It will also mean I will be hearing (reading) and learning a lot more about other communities, becoming more keenly aware and celebrating our similarities and diversities, shaking off prejudices. I foresee being a correspondent as also spurring me to make more effort o get to those communities in my country – rural, farming, and township urban – that I am not getting to currently. This is because I believe the voices from every corner should be heard, and I can serve as a voice for the voiceless.

The way World Pulse is designed and works, while developing my skills, has tugged my heart in a way no other network has ever been able to. World Pulse has been unique in that it has spurred me to reveal my emotions, and I believe – from the responses I have received to my first few tentative posts – I have been allowed by the World Pulse community to do so. I see revealing my emotions as a gift to others, reaching out and embracing, sharing and propping each other up, and building a better global community in which we acknowledge and accept differences, and engage in constructive discourse across countries, regions and continents. I see World Pulse as enabling in achieving that communication that links all of us regardless of our diverse economic, social, academic, and whatever else, differences.


Hi Martha,

I was so excited to read your week four assignment today, as you have such a specific and passionate vision for the future of women in Zimbabwe. I look forward to hearing more about your journey - as you begin reaching wider communities and more rural villages to spark the movement of women empowerment.

Warm regards,

Martha's picture

It Will

I will forever be grateful to the Pulsewire Community for being there and urging me on. Through this forum I continue to see many possibilities that were only ever a far-off mirage and hazy dream!

Thank you, Jade


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dawn_dancer's picture

You are a shining light!

Thank you, Martha, for your postings. As one of your Listeners for this week, I went back and read all your postings to get a better sense of who you are. I am so impressed by your courage and determination! You are an intelligent, engaging writer, and have a great story to tell. I am most caught up in your postings when you tell me the details about your life so that I can imagine them myself -- the sights, sounds, and smells of Zimbabwe. I can feel the frustration when you talk about all the power outages, and the remoteness of the villages that will never have internet connection due to the distance. I encourage the dream you have to share yourself fully -- your emotions, your hopes and fears, your deeply authentic voice. Continue to shine that light to a listening world!

With warmth and admiration --

Martha's picture

Together, We Shine

Thank you, Patricia.

The frustrations fade into insignificance when I know I have the Pulsewire community out there supporting me all the way, and in that sense supporting all the poor communities of Zimbabwe that I feel so much a part of.

Take care and regards

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mrbeckbeck's picture

Together, yes... All of us!

Hi Martha,

You really do have an inspiring written voice! It was such a great treat to have read your entry here for Week 4.

I can tell that you have a tremendous drive to bring change and inspiration to your community locally, and now globally. I'm so happy that PulseWire has given you a space to connect and build bridges of support around the world. I know that you'll do great things from here.....

Thank you for sharing your vision with us. Please, keep sharing!


Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Manager

Martha's picture

Thank You

Hi Scott

Thank you. I will keep posting, and will do my best to connect. This has been an experience that I will forever cherish.


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Martha, I am so happy that you have the opportunity to continue on with VOF. Your warmth and enthusiasm has touched many on PulseWire and it is with joy that I read of your heartfelt connections with your sisters in our community. I know many lives will be changed for the better for knowing you. I wish you the very best in the next phase of VOF.

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