Consciousness of people - way to get in balance with the world we live in (VOF Month 1)
While G-8 Nations fail to agree on plan to fight Climate Change, a young Moldavian woman activist Valeria Shvart takes small but certain steps towards solving this matter.
"The root to everything is consciousness of people" she states after some educational environmental projects she implemented. Inspired by Al Gore's documentary about global warming “An inconvenient truth” she went to universities and schools and did some interactive discussions with students, "awaking" their minds: "I started some small scale projects of clean up.I did it last year for about 1 month,I found a projector, a computer and a lot of promo materials, going through schools and universities, talking to students and inspiring them to get more involved."
Later volunteers came along and did more practical steps. They planted trees, they talked to many more people and they aimed to awake people and invite those that were more conscious to join the team. "We can not solve everything by just talking and discussing but we can solve it by cleaning up", said Valeria. To facilitate the process she applied for a grant that could sponsor a small project. The US Embassy and Global Youth Service Day project were among first to react to their call. Another solution was to inspire people to ride bikes.Still a challenge, since the city was not ready for it, they started small and from donations of a German friend's relatives they placed a rack in front of university. Now she is trying to find means to build more bike racks.
Valeria thinks that the women of today are trying to be very active and professional, but concerned with the routine and money gain, sometimes they forget about their own femininity meaning they can be fragile and weak. It is also another extreme when women are feminine and fragile, who don’t know how to make their own living or take care of themselves. Therefore she tries through her own personality to demonstrate that there should be a balance, between being feminine and being professional and strong. "The solution for me was to have an active professional life and social engagement,and also to do belly dance in order to feel that my body is under my control" She also mentioned that belly dancing was not a prescription for everybody, though people can find an alternative way in their life through which they can implement and realize their femininity potential. "It can be other type of dancing, singing, or just being a good mother, a good wife, or a good person. There are many good ways."
The basic role of women according to Valeria Svart in the entire society is the role of mother who's role is the primary educator of her children. Very many people build their consciousness with family upbringing. "Mothers should pay more attention to their children not only to survive in their society, to have money and be good people, but also to be conscious about nature and its resources."
This article is part of a writing assignment for Voices of Our Future, which is providing rigorous web 2.0 and new media training for 31 emerging women leaders. We are speaking out for social change from some of the most forgotten corners of the world. Meet Us.