I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the plight of women and girls around the world. Is it just me, or does the situation seem to be getting worse? Domestic violence, rape, exploitation, forced marriages, poverty, disease . . .
On Valentine’s Day, I marched with a small group of people around my local town in support of V-Day, a movement which hopes to draw attention to the ghastly problem of violence against women. Today is International Women’s Day, another movement, which is more about empowering women in general.
These are all important – there is so much work to do! But the movement that really has my attention right now is captured by a new documentary released yesterday, called “Girl Rising.” Here is the trailer:
I haven’t seen the whole movie yet . . . but I will. This issue is SO important!
Education is empowering. It’s transformative for a girl to learn how to read, how to calculate, how to take care of herself, and then to be given access to knowledge beyond her family’s experience. Studies have shown that educating girls in particular has a multiplying affect, because she will then pass on that influence to her own children and community. Educating girls gives them a chance to find a job or start a business, becoming more self-reliant, and breaking the chain of marrying young. It also teaches them that they are WORTH teaching.
Just think how life might change for these girls if they believed that they were valuable enough to go to school. Just think how their communities might change if all children, including girls, were given the tools to learn and the chance to initiate new projects or ideas.
I’m glad to know that there are already quite a few organizations on location working on this problem. What they really need is money, and for everyone to spread the word. So, I’m doing what I can.