I grew up in a country that experienced the longest civil war in Africa; I think this shaped the political interest for my generation. We grew up dreaming about peace and democracy. I have been a member of a political movement since I was 19 years old.
In 2005 after signed the peace agreement, and the country looked at a beginning of political transition, on this stage I became more focus on women’s rights, in particular, increasing the political participation, I became a member in different activists groups that advocate for quota, signing CEDAW and reforming the family affairs law.
In 2011, I started my master in Gender and Governance. As an activist it was a turning point. I began to realize that just believe in something and have great passion toward it, is not enough to achieve it, I should know how to make my dreams come true.
In this stage my mind shifted to local governance, now I have more interest in this level. My thesis was building on the belief that working for effective women’s political participation at the lower levels will guarantee increasing in the quality and quantity of the women’s representatives.
I got the opportunity to interviewed 30 women from different social and economic backgrounds; to reflect their experiences and stories, and the main things that I learned from this experience it that “Every woman has her own story”.
One of the main issues that I will work for it in the coming years is helping the groups interested in women’s empowerment to find out how they can support women’s representatives at local level, to help them to bring their voices and contribute more the the public life in their community.