The Power of Voicing for Change:

The Power of Voicing for Change:

 

 

Challenging Social Norms

Introduction:

Imagine having a world where we could all use our voices to speak against doctrines and dogmas that are brutal to humanness. Your voice matters, my voice also matter, not just the voice of one gender. Your voice and my voice can be used as tools for a movement of change against crude religious and cultural practices. If there is a constitutional review, there is also an urgent need for cultural, religious, and ethnic  review in practices. Stay glued as we unravel The Power of Voicing for Change: Nigeria/Africa in Focus (Part1).

 

The world created a box that forces everyone to fit in, each community with a unique culture or religious dogma that no one is permitted to question. These things rotate from one generation to the next. There are countless anti-humanen laws that must not be questioned, or risk becoming a rebel and facing the wrath, in the name of religion and culture, but people made culture, culture didn’t make people. It is humans who wrote the different acclaimed holy books; these books didn’t write or make people. There is a part and personality of every writer that must  reflect in everything written, whether being inspired by nature or the supreme deity.

 

Throughout history, brave souls have risen from the shadows to challenge deeply rooted social norms that breed inequality, discrimination, and injustice. Their voices have sparked revolutions, shattered barriers, and illuminated the path towards progress. Your voice too can become fearless; it can be heard because it ought to. The world has evolved greatly, technology has taken over, things are changing, and many national constitutions are also being continually reviewed. Life ought not to be crude to humans anymore since the crude age is past. We all deserve to be alive, not just for one gender, but as both men and women. Everyone deserves a fair share to live.

 

In those days, women were not allowed to vote; they were seen as not just second-class citizens, but their ego was reduced to zero. No woman was allowed to grow with her self-worth intact. Imagine the determined suffragettes who fought for the rights of women, refusing to be silenced in their quest for equality. Imagine the culture that stood against the birth of twins, but the same culture prayed to the gods to have multiple yields in plants and animals, yet rose against its own flesh and blood until a voice was raised for change.

 

Each of these trailblazers understood the immense power of voicing for change. Their actions have left an indelible mark on society, transcending time and inspiring generations to come. But the impact of voicing for change is not limited to iconic figures alone. In everyday life, countless individuals have challenged norms, shattered stereotypes, and fostered empathy and understanding within their communities.

 

In the part2 exploration, we will journey through the compelling stories of those who found the strength to speak up and challenge the established norms. We’ll delve into the psychological and sociological dimensions that underpin the success of voicing for change, exploring how genuine connections and shared experiences have driven societal transformations.

 

 

 

The power of voicing for change call us all to rise above our fears, to unapologetically embrace our authenticity, and to challenge the norms that perpetuate injustice. In finding our voices, we can collectively sow the seeds of compassion, acceptance, and progress, nurturing a world where diversity is celebrated, and everyone has the opportunity to thrive. 

The part-one of this article focuses on the Nigeria factor, the dimensions that need urgent attention. What are some of these humanly viruses?

 

THE VIRUS OF SYSTEMIC CORRUPTION

 

Systemic corruption is the number one killer virus in Nigeria and Africa at large. It pervades various sectors of Nigerian society, hindering development, eroding public trust in institutions, and diverting resources meant for public welfare. This virus replicates itself into many other deadly fragments that have bedridden the country. Each replicated part of this human political virus attacks the younger destinies. Parts such as:

 

a. Unemployment and Underemployment:

Nigeria has grown to the point where it can barely engage a few. Nigeria has one of the highest unemployment rate in the world. This translates to the highest rate of frustration and exacerbates other social issues.

 

b. Inadequate Access to Education: 

The majority of kids in Nigeria still lack access to quality education, especially in rural areas. This affects their ability to break the cycle of poverty and participate fully in society.

 

c. Healthcare Challenges:

The Nigerian healthcare system is on the verge of complete collapse, facing various challenges, including inadequate infrastructure, a shortage of medical personnel, and unequal distribution of healthcare facilities. It has become a slogan: “May Nigeria never happen to anyone because if it does, the person is dead even before dying eventually.”

 

 

d. Insecurity and Terrorism: The country is grappling with various security threats largely sponsored by systemic corruption. A few influential political elements utilize the weapon of religion and ethnic tools to disband the unity of the nation. The result of systemic corruption includes insurgency by groups like Boko Haram, communal clashes, and banditry, which have caused loss of lives, displacement, and insecurity.

 

 

THE VIRUS OF CHILD MARRIAGE AND GENDER INEQUALITY:

 

This is one of the deadliest practices in modern times, where certain cultures and religion violate the right of the girl child. Gender disparities persist in Nigeria, with issues such as child marriage and limited access to opportunities for women and girls. These issues perpetuate gender inequality and limit the country’s potential for progress. Women are still largely victimized in some parts of the country in the name of culture and religion.

 

CHILD LABOR AND TRAFFICKING:

 

Child labor has become an eyesore even in the country’s major cities. You see kids loitering the streets in rags like lunatics; they roam aimlessly begging and eating from trash, more or less like mad people. This is one of the highest inhuman practice against multitude of vulnerable kids. This is widely practiced in the name of religion and culture and must not be questioned because it is culturally affiliated. Human trafficking remains prevalent issues, with many children subjected to exploitative working conditions or forced into various forms of labor.

 

 

CONCLUSION

 

Addressing these pressing social issues requires the proliferation of BOLD VOICES, comprehensive and coordinated efforts from the Nigerian government, civil society organizations, international partners, and the active involvement of Nigerian citizens.

 

Lastly, Did a particular story resonate with you? Did any of the social issues discussed strike a chord in your heart? What steps do you believe we can take collectively to drive progress?

 

Your feedback matters to us! If you have any specific topics you’d like us to cover or questions you’d like answered, let us know in the comments. We’re here to create content that resonates with you

 

But don’t stop there. Share this article with your network, sparking conversations far and wide. Together, we can amplify our voices and extend the reach of this movement.

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