Sharing our individual stories of struggles in our society create opportunities to educate, inspire and increase empathy. Our world needs more understanding and compassion. This platform invites you to share your story. What injustice have you experienced? What societal change do you hope and work for? Thank you in advance for uploading Your Story.
Why I Write by Robbie Singh As a social worker, I am aware of the inequity exists in our society that disproportionately benefits some and oppresses others. In the United States, much of society is conditioned by the media and independent research is not yet the norm. Poetry allows me to blend words into emotional ideas that help to raise social awareness and to create that inquiry to ask ourselves: Why are things like this? Social work has taught me that every individual is a voice and collectively we have power to change our reality; if enough passion is direct towards a cause on a consistent basis by demanding change and accepting nothing less. The idea is to build momentum and I believe a single voice has the same impact of a drop of water going into a body of water and creating a ripple effect. Poetry is my way of enabling change from the inside out by personalizing issues so that emotions can transpire into collective action. @ RobbieSingh.com
Women’s Rights / Women’s Empowerment
When I was diagnosed with cancer, I was, in a word, shocked. I considered myself healthy in all ways. I ran five days a week, ate fresh, homemade foods, and even cleaned my home with all natural, homemade products.
I knew I would face my cancer the same way I faced many hardships–head on. What I wasn’t prepared for was the reaction to my diagnosis from many well-meaning folks. Some looked at me with pity, which was not what I needed–I needed empowerment and encouragement. That’s why when Vicki designed this incredible mask, the words “Power not Pity” mean so much.
Women need to be bolstered not babied. We need to be reminded of our strength and courage. So, the next time someone in your life is going through something tough–it’s okay to say “this sucks!” and commiserate with them, but never pity them. Be compassionate to their situation and remind them of their power. I’m so thankful to Vicki for creating art that has such a powerful message. Thank you, Vicki!