I am passionate aboutI am most passionate about helping women break the cycle of gender
discrimination by helping them to find their purpose. In my country women are
discriminated against and we are not given the same opportunities as men. I
want to help women in Honduras but also women around the world.
Discrimination is a global issue. I am committed to creating new
opportunities for women and proving that we are capable of doing so much more
than people think we can do. Every day, gender discrimination stops women
from achieving their goals and dreams. I want women to have a voice. I am a
woman and it has taken a lot of effort, dedication, discipline and most of
all courage to be who I am and to show people that I am a good leader. I
always feel as if I’m representing women everywhere, and every time I
demonstrate good leadership skills or positively impact in the lives of
others I prove that all women are capable of leading.
Last year I was a student at The Leadership Center, an NGO and women’s
college that empowers the next generation of ethical Honduran leaders trough
small businesses development. Now I am Co-Director and Dean of Students at
The Leadership Center. My position here has helped me to develop my
leadership skills. I am an example for the students. We women are blessed
with incredible foresight. We think beyond the superficial, and as a result
we are able to see opportunities that other people overlook.
While I was studying many people told me to quit because I am a woman and
women should do anything besides cooking and cleaning, but I never believed
them. Those people motivated me; I wanted to prove that they were wrong. Now,
here I am co-director of a university at only 21 years old. I will not stop.
I have many more dreams to follow. I hope to inspire other women to follow
their dreams as well.
ActionsIn addition to my work at The Leadership Center, I lead small organization
called Women with Purpose. We meet every Friday to share ideas and strategize
about how to improve our lives and the lives of other Honduran women. The
mission of our group is to help women find and pursue their purpose in life.
We convince them that they can aspire to more than just cooking and cleaning.
We fundraise and solicit sponsors to cover the cost of operation because all
of our projects benefit poor women and are free of charge. Leading this group
has made me an example for the students and people around me. We have started
projects in a few poor communities across the country and they have all
positively impacted people’s lives, especially the lives of women and
youths, since all action that benefits mothers benefits their children as
well. I have always known that God was going to use me to make changes in the
life of others. Our last conference was unforgettable for me. It was in my
home town of San Jose de Comayagua. The people were so interested, and I saw
hope in their faces and they asked us to come back and share more information
with them. It meant a lot to me because these people have known me since I
was a little girl, and now in their eyes I am a leader. Those people
motivate me to continue helping and serving because I know that even one
conversation or one new piece of knowledge is enough to make someone think.
Sometimes, it is enough to change a life.