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VOF: Assignment 4 "A Work of Art"


VOF: Assignment 4
“A Work of Art”

As I like to introduce myself in all of my writings, my name is Ivaldete, I am 41 years old, I have four children and seven beautiful grandchildren. I am an artist and I live in a favela in Rio de Janeiro.
The vision I have for the world now is very different than the vision I had previously before I matured alongside my life.

When I think about my visions for the world and for my life, I genuinely feel that I am already living a part of it, not just in a dream, but in the reality of World Pulse. I am able to look into the world and recognize so much better the work of all of the women who fight to be recognized and to make a better life for themselves than the one they have now. In my vision we have a world without discrimination or preconception and with moral stability. I see a future world where the word is as dominant for women as is the role they have in the family.

I remain very impressed with World Pulse because it has given me a way to express myself with words to the world. We can speak various languages and dialects and sincerely speak with and for everyone who has the impulse to show and fight for their ideas. Stories of women who don’t have an owner, and whose work in the world has yet to be recognized, these life stories are already a work of art.

To be able to speak or even better, to represent World Pulse and to have the opportunity to speak on behalf of all the women who don’t have the chance to scream for the world that “Yes, we exist!”, would be a tremendous honor.

We are all important artists, just as the artists that are featured in magazines and in the media.
I have the strong impulse to shout out to society to not close your eyes, or clamp your ears, or turn your back on women of different colors and on women living in poverty. These women also have to be seen and need the opportunity to show their work and tell the story of their life. Most of the time these stories will land somewhere in the same way that mine has landed at World Pulse. It is my hope that the stories that have yet to land or find a doorway for their voice will know that they can do so at World Pulse.

This opportunity has endless worth for me. Thank you for listening.



JaniceW's picture

Obrigado Ivaldete

It is an honor to have been given the opportunity to provide a platform for voices such as your own. Your words reflect our mission so perfectly and it has been so exciting to see members rise up and let their voices ring out. We are all working towards creating a better future for the next generations and together, I truly believe we can move mountains. I hope that you will continue to post to your journal and bring to light some of your experiences in Brazil, as well as inform us of the issues that face Brazilian women every day. I would also love it if you would share some of your work with us.

It is a joy to have you as a member and I hope that you will continue to find this to be a positive experience.
PulseWire Community Director

Cultural Correspondent's picture

Beautiful Writing


You write beautifully! I have spent a considerable amount of time in Brazil (in Salvador, to be specific) working with orphaned youth. How lucky your children are to have a mother who possesses such strength and a vision for a better tomorrow.

May I ask, where did you learn to speak English so well? I know that favela life is not easy (some of my best friends live in Salvador and they find life in poverty challenging, to say the least!) and I would be surprised to find out that your fellow community members speak English, as many of Brazil's wealthiest don't even speak the language!

I would be honoured to view your artwork. I have two beautiful paintings from Brazil hanging on my bedroom wall; the artists are my friends, which makes them even more special.

Keep writing, please. I want to hear more from you!



JaniceW's picture


Ivaldete, it is with joy that I see you have advanced to the next phase of VOF. As Jackie mentioned, life in the favela is not easy and I so applaud your efforts to raise awareness of the struggles women in Brazil face every day. I would love for you to share some of your artwork on PulseWire and hope that you will continue to promote artists works and visions. Best wishes...

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