Gather the Women and Save the World!
There are certainly mixed blessings that come with being a woman. Some of the incredible gifts we have include giving birth, nurturing, managing and making sacrifices at all levels. On the other hand, women usually have difficulties believing in ourselves, standing up for what we believe is the truth, speaking out when issues may be unpopular and working together to accomplish common goals.
Unfortunately, we tend to focus more on our difficulties
than our gifts or strengths. This is starting to change.
As women are provided more opportunities to become educated, work outside of the home and participate in community building efforts, we are beginning to experience the outcomes of our efforts and our relationships with others. We in the Diaspora are in a better position to begin this effort. Language and physical barriers do not separate us. We are next-door neighbors, co-workers, fellow students, members of the same communities, etc. If we believe in ourselves and have a positive attitude, there is no limit on what we can accomplish as a community of people. I believe that we have begun our journey to togetherness but we still have a long ways to go. However, I am hopeful we will get better with experience and time.
Since starting African Women Connect, I’ve been blown away by the number of women who have come out to participate in our efforts to connect for friendship, business and community. They are proof that African women are willing to work together to create the kind of community that will benefit everyone.
African Women Connect is really a movement to connect all African women to determine shared values, core beliefs, strengths and weaknesses. Hopefully, this togetherness will stimulate actions needed to bring about desired changes in our African community as well as our greater community (where we currently reside).
The idea is to look at the community that you find yourself in right now. Whether you are in the Diaspora or at home in Africa, you can find ways to become a full fledge member by contributing your knowledge, talents, time, resources and uniqueness, in order for the community to enjoy and appreciate your membership. This can only result in a stronger community and valuable experiences for everyone involved.
History and studies have proven that women are better connectors than men. Many traits of women are successfully being incorporated in business and industry to enhance leadership. I believe that if we, women, take the lead and responsibility to connect with each other, we will not only alleviate our complexities but also improve our community/world as well