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Reflections on navigating between two cultures and understanding the self-awareness process

CAMEROON: Lessons from the Kitchen | World Pulse June 10, 2011

 

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Opening of LeThee’Ma (Fireplace) February 13, 2011

It is with profound joy for me to introduce and welcome you to LeThee’ma or my fireplace. Many of my favorite childhood memories were night-times in the village, sitting around the fireplace for story telling, conversations, and amazing food! It is with this same spirit that I invite you to join fellow African sisters around LeThee’ma,

…Together we can feed minds, spirits, and hearts…

♥ Week 1 Discussion: First Impression Series – Questions♥

 

 

He said what?!?…The other side weighs in! January 29, 2011

If you search in facebook African Girl Development you will land on the page I have been managing since the beginning of 2011 – African Girl Development in the U.S. Everyday I pose thought provoking questions geared towards one of the following themes:  the African woman’s identity, engaging the youth in African Affairs, and my current initiatives to empower young African ladies.

One of the discussion topics in my kitchen was “Definition of an African Woman”. Who is an African Woman? What comes to mind when you hear these words?

Here is the response from an African brother:

“What comes to mind is a very hardworking woman, with a very powerful caring gentle spirit for the family. My mind sees a woman who sacrifices much for her family and the society, unfortunately with very little say in the happenings of her environment, almost totally controlled by reasonable and sometimes unreasonable men. Despite their work, courage, intuitive common sense, some African cultures still prevent them from going to universities, sell and force them into marriages, and do not acknowledge any reasoning and opinions from females about family and societal development.

What comes to mind is a strong woman with little to no say in world issues.”

What is your response? Do you agree or disagree? What has been your experience? Have we acquiesced with this popular definition or is  it changing?

Who am I?

 

My Voice – Our Voice – African Women January 19, 2011

Filed under: Inspiration,Leadership,Reflections — Sharon Asonganyi @ 5:13 pm
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I recently published a piece on World Pulse as a Global Correspondent for the

Voices of Our Future media training program entitled:A collective unified voice is far more effective

Writing has always been something that comes natural to me. With words, my freedom of self-expression is pretty much limitless…I enjoy crafting words like a painter uses colors and brush patterns to evoke emotions from stillness.

Every day, I spend many late nights scouring the web seeking for resources targeting recent immigrants. Truth be told, I am more likely to locate resources for refugees with more systematic support compared to resources available for immigrants. As I continue on this amazing and exciting life journey of capturing the voices of African women and girls globally, repeatedly I hear silent, hidden burdens that need a healthy outlet. A need for a safe space just to “be” for a moment. Hearing female survivors of rape turning something that once marred their spirits into fueling embers of strength and hope has been beautifully inspiring. Capturing the voices of women turning passion into a vision and business strategy, encourages me on my path.

Through partnerships with freelance journalists, videos have been completed in Cameroon and are now underway in Kenya! Our theme “What does Africa mean to me?”. ..The response has been enormously humbling. People giving of their time, talents, voices, and input because collectively we recognize that this project is needed.

As women, when we share, we heal…

when we cry, we heal…

when we come together and lift each other,

only then can we overcome.

There are little footsteps behind you of daughters, sisters, nieces, or cousins…help steer them. The focus groups are just the beginning…take action and spread the word. Thank you for stopping by my kitchen. Come often and feed your spirit.

Reflections: What inspires you? Are you drifting through life or do you have a life plan for the years ahead of you? What can you begin doing today as a stepping stone towards your dreams? Where are you going???…