threads of our fabric

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

End Human Trafficking January 31, 2012

It is amazing to look back at previous posts. It is almost a year since my post on Human Trafficking (Click Here) and the issue is still as critical today. Here is an interesting fundraiser in the DC-MD-VA area coming up February 8th 2012.

 

Women and girls are often targeted and dis-empowered over the course of the trafficking system globally. Human trafficking is a complex issue fueled by various socioeconomic and cultural factors. The American Psychological Association produced a great report that examines the intersect of psychology and human trafficking as it affects women and girls (report). Stay educated and keep your eyes open…it can happen in your neighborhood or a few blocks from you. Not too long ago I read about a sting operation that busted a trafficking ring in Rockville, MD (NewsFlash). I am glad with the outcome but wish people had acted sooner on their suspicions. In such situations, I believe in being cautious rather than sorry.

 

What is on my mind today?… Women + Girls + Africa June 5, 2011

Blooming AfricaIs change truly change when it is the product of an organic growth process? When progressing through a transition is necessary, I am always puzzled by people who resist it. Is not part of life growth and change?  If one refuses to be part of the process, then I believe life becomes passive living. I think life would be quite boring. Life can be an evolution towards a greater self. We learn and integrate new experiences into our perceptions and understanding. My view of Africa’s potential parallels this same thought structure – a tabula rasa or blank slate – endless immense opportunities.

 Every time I have conversations with amazing African kinfolk I redouble my efforts on the Threads of Our Fabric Project. The TOF Project enables and empowers African women and girls to share their culture, identity, and unique selves through media. There has been an increase in the use of multimedia to present realistic solutions and raise awareness about various societal issues. USAID, recently celebrated its 50th anniversary with an infographic on “Why invest in women?” a topic that is forever near and dear to my heart.  I really enjoyed the graphic representation of some of the hard truths in women and girl’s lives. It saddens my heart when I see others in more developed countries unconcerned about some of these issues affecting their peers worldwide.

Please take a moment, not more than 5-10mins to go through this infographic and may it stir you within to pick a cause greater than you that you can champion. There are many lives dependent on you to support them and ensure their future. Time, money, and skills…pick one and invest in a woman or girl. Bring a welcomed positive change in the lives of women and girls who are desperately in need of something different, something other than the status quo.

USAID 50th Anniversary: Why Invest in Women?