Light Up Her Heart

“If a man has not discovered something he will die for, he is not fit to live.” —Martin Luther King.

I first came across Women For One on Facebook. After reading about what the organization stands for, I realized that I was in the right place to share my stories and ideas with the people who believe in what I believe: women empowering one another. The support and love that women show to each other on this platform impressed me a lot. The opportunity to be a Truthteller gives me the chance to share my story and connect with women all over the world to support one another and break all the chains of injustice together.

The evolution and history of African women goes hand in hand with the evolution of African culture based on the patriarchal system. Men run societies and take for granted the assumption that they are the heads in every domain, such as politics, economy, and culture.

I grew up in a patriarchal society, a place where women do not have the chance to do what they like, and to enjoy life and their rights. Early on, I developed a love of reading books by African feminists and was able to analyze and understand the life of the African woman in the African context. The way African women strive to free themselves from men’s domination excited me.
That observation shaped in me the strong need to see every woman (and especially young women) with a smile on their faces and the ability to achieve their goals.

I decided to stand up and fight frustration, humiliation, and deprivation not by complaining about the inequality, or discrimination and social injustice, but by finding ways to change situations by supporting women next to me—empowering young girls to bring change to their lives, families, communities, and the entire world.

As a young woman, I observe so many different women living different lives. I see so much sadness in their eyes despite their potential and goodness. Every time, I realize that mostly, their situation comes from a lack of self-love and self-confidence due to the place their society has given them.

Every day, several situations women go through inspire me and give me courage to stand with all of them and fight for our freedom. I assume there are various ways of empowering women. I believe empowering them will allow them to identify their skills, knowledge, and abilities to make their own decisions. Therefore, it is important for women to identify themselves with self-confidence and self-esteem.

The full concept of empowerment is to give a strong value or meaning to the internal strength to control one’s life. The best way to measure women’s empowerment is through their confidence and the smile they wear on their faces, the happiness they have about changing their lives and making progress in everything they do.

This is what I intend to achieve.

However, it is not easy for a young African woman to stand for women’s causes in a pure African context. I am sure I am not alone in the above-described fight. All courageous, confident, and successful women must work hard to change women’s lives.

I say NO to domestic violence, female genital mutilation, gender discrimination, and all evil practices women are victims of. Let me conclude with the following: It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our obligation to win. We must love each other and support each other to break all chains.

About the Author | Sylvie Songe

Sylvie Songe is a young lady who invests her time in standing for justice and supporting women. She draws inspiration from different situations women face every single day. From the Republic Democratic of the Congo, she is currently working on a new project for empowering women in her community. She believes that nobody can give you freedom or justice—therefore, you should fight for it.

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23 comments to "Light Up Her Heart"

  • Christina Mabika

    Beautiful read…Indeed nobody can give you freedom or justice, fight for it.

    Thank you for the inspiration

  • Josue Kas

    Waouhhh! 😍🔥💐 i am realy impressed by the reading! I totally support that women need to be free from certain practices which you have listed in the text. Briefly i will say, fight for your rights.

    Thank you your inspiration Dear.

  • JuK

    Interesting ideas. I hope you post more. Women are human too

  • Junior

    Too inspirational. 🕊️🕊️🕊️The power à woman relies in herself

    • Emmanuel

      These are great ideas sister. Women have the right to make decisions about their life, right of freedom, right of speech, and right of ownership, e. t. c. Blessings Ccta

  • Ivy Hlatywayo

    Beautiful read Sylvie…….we are together in the fight for our own freedom.
    Thank you for the inspiration.

  • Gertrude Kayombo

    This is amazing and very interesting and powerful it really good for us women to stand together and help other women out there 🤗💐😊

  • Thethe Makhele

    Thank you so much for this! I really needed it right I am going through the most and I am blessed with a wonderful group of sisterhood. I would love to help if you ever need it

  • Godknows Maremera

    Great work

  • Walter Otieno

    It goes without say that women play an epitome role in the success of the world. From all sectors in economy, social, political, agricultural, health and technology among others. Their determination is evident in the various success Tories we read amidst the challanges they face from all corners of their lives.

    However, there is a huge potential in them. There is so much that we can expect if the world is made a fair playing ground for women to productively take part in the development of the world. This is why I support Sylvie in her work. As an African lady, you understand our I house challanges. You know the different obstacles that stand on the way of an African woman to score a fair mark in her work.

    We stand by you. I believe in you. And let anyone who believes in a greener future support such initiatives which are aimed at giving an African woman a fair playing ground to demonstrate her true strength and value

  • Dominic

    It really amazing to read and know there is a powerful lady with great ideas, devoted to helping her fellow women, helping them to progress in society aand free themselves from any ignorance around them.. . Keep it up may God bless you in your hard work. 😊

    • Lily Maijamaa

      Great work Silvie. “Light up her heart”, I’m thrill to read your story, highly impressed to know that you discover something to die for. We’re in it together, i would like to be part this project in any way possible. You’re in my prayers.

  • Gloria Ngwele

    Beautiful read, thanks for the inspiration, you such a brave woman

  • Christina

    Thank you, Sylvie, for sharing your story so simply & directly. To empower others through your own fight to be you – isn’t this at the heart of Ubuntu? ‘I am because you are’ . I would add No to poverty, to human trafficking & Yes to access to education.

  • Nunu

    Inspiring.. we are women and each others sisters keeper

  • Johnny Muteba

    Sylvie is a great person with unbelievable potential and strong character. Capable of achieving any dreams. This project, I believe, will bring extraordinary results with all of us men and women working together. Sylvie is one the fighters for such initiative.
    #EqualityForAll #WomenForOne

  • Gabriel Kakudji

    Truth be told , when received the invitation to comment and to share the link I wasn’t to ghung oh to go through , and someone asked me to and when i went through I really liked the idea behind and the personality of the young leader. Lemme encourage you Sylvie songe it’s a good idea, go ahead and do it. It’s much easier to apologize than it is to get permission. 🔥📚🕙🧠.
    To encourage her better is to invite people to share and to comment on her page !!!

  • Petronella

    Beautiful write up. Indeed we cannot talk of empowerment or being free from patriarchal systems when the next woman’s rights are abrogated through harmful societal norms and cultures. Women are known to contribute so much to the growth of the economy but always seen as passive participants.. With voices as yours ,women will continue to break historical barriers and as independent being not as second class citizens

  • Marie Claire Furaha

    Good Job, Sylvie Songe
    An environment that wants changes for a durable development should pay attention to a woman’ capacities. Some of our soscieties around our world here give less care on this matter forgetting that women are helpers to them since the beginning of the world for both, a man and a woman have right to live.
    So, Keep it up!
    Thank you!

  • Monalisa Chitsama

    Working together as women will help us achieve a lot , we must work towards empowering each other. Great work right there !

  • Lily Maijamaa

    Great work Silvie. “Light up her heart”, I’m thrill to read your story, highly impressed to know that you discover something to die for. We’re in it together, i would like to be part this project in any way possible. You’re in my prayers.

  • Sombo

    Thanks for shedding light on the plight of women. We must fight for our independence from a patriarchal society. Great read!