On November 3rd , my mother who is 8 months shy of her 70th casted her vote in VA holding my two years old niece hand. She said, “I am ready to go live in the Caribbean, however I wanted to stay to vote, because this vote is for my granddaughters. I asked, what about you? She answered “well, at nearly 70, I can enjoy this moment for them because they have a future ahead of them, not much for me.”
Babies are not conceived, unless women can carry them to term – ending violence is our business, we must own and change it from the womb – by ending gender poverty.
Photo by: Ignite
You know her love is the only love that matters, when she sacrifices her soul to have a child – A mother’s love.
Every year, I am blessed to be an aunty, this year, I became an aunty at least five times, two of those are the youngest pair in my family – the twins. At first, I was not too thrilled to know the two youngest in my family who are now 22 years old would be parents. I was worried for their children social and economic security. I also felt the same about my sister who is now 33 years old, who has two children, despite all of them having committed partners by their sides.
“It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.” ― Erma Bombeck.
This quote by Bombeck resonate with me because I have lived with the horror of sharing my first American Dream three or four years after arriving to the United States. After arriving to the United States, I and my family trusted someone into our home, which we discovered later was a pedophile. The pedophile took advantage of my family and me, by sexually abused me before I could see my 17th birthday, simply because I trusted him with my college dream, in which he volunteered to help me and family achieved.
“When you know better you do better.” – Maya Angelou
If I had to do it all over, e.g. between age 18-25 today, my top priority would not be college, even if it was free. My college debt today is still roughly 80k (18k from undergrad and the rest from graduate school). What females need today is opportunities. Opportunities from age 7-18 hands on STEM skills they can put to use for themselves, so when they are 18-25, they can have the choice to choose if they work for a company, and, or create something that has meaning to them. After ten years of working and building solid relationship, only then, they should look into going to college. Because only then, they would really have an idea of what they are missing or want to learn more and hopefully worth their time and earned money.
The 2016 campaigns take us back by referenced “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!” This is a famous Albright quote, the first to hold the US Secretary post. This is a quote I surely love and wish it actually sync in for women. Instead, what we heard was backlash from many women, especially those in my age group, in their 30s. When we women actually process that quote, we will indeed raise from hell that many of us are living in globally and conquer peace.
“Poverty is the worst form of violence.” — Mahatma Gandhi, Indian political and spiritual leader
The healthcare system is working to take responsibility by screening for poverty, are you doing your part?
Until all of us around the globe can acknowledge the greatest violence in society, there will never be a solution to end 80% of the world population that lives on less than $10 a day. The notion that the global problem doesn’t affect America, is our ignorance. WoC was excited to learn that children will be screened for poverty during doctor visits, that is 1 in 5 children in the United States.
When Private public partnerships (3P) is at war – the poor pays the price.
The world has been at war for all things resources for survival, the world strongest are exploiting the poorest for their resources for generations and the war will continue.
In America, from financial, prison to water tragedies, if we learn anything is that we may be one of the strongest in the world, however when it comes to the treatment of the poor. We do nothing different; perhaps we do much worse because of who we are. Development “aid”, partnerships have been used as bandage all over the world for the “poor” , yet go right into the hands of the same people and their friends in those countries.
Roughly 20 percent of U.S. adults don’t use the Internet, (Let’s think of the children) that means 60 million people, many of them elderly, poor, women and minorities.
Women on Change wants to change this statistic.
Do you have children in DC public/charter schools under the age 18 who get free lunch.
If so, WoC can help get you free internet access in your home!
Text ” Need Internet” to 202-656-0077 with First/Last Name before January 31st 2016 to learn more!
What has the women’s movement learned from Geraldine Ferraro’s candidacy for vice president? Never get married – Gloria Steinem
If you are like me, in your 30s, it would not surprise me if you’ve received advice across all circles of women friends, family, to get married, have children before seeking a higher position or executing a business. What surprised me recently is a guy friend who is in a long term relationship himself telling me that I was too busy to make time for a man to settle down and build a family. Not only was I touched by his frankness, however a dear friend , who will soon be a mother of three also gave me her piece of truth 5 hours earlier. They both had the exact same message. Now, if you’ve seen me before, you know how big my bright eyes can get. After getting these two pieces of truth the same day, a warning light went off for me, at least it felt that way. I do feel blessed to have those friends.