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October 11, 2017 0 Comments

All women are worthy. But not all girls know it. That needs to change

Today, October 11 is the United Nations International Day of the Girl and to celebrate our awesomeness, highlight some of challenges girls face and to promote young female empowerment – that one day all girls can fulfil their dreams and accomplish their goals – The circle movement – a global movement of passionate, empowering women, who are making the world a better place, little by little – are challenging us all to share a photo of our younger selves on social media with the hashtag #dayofthegirl and to answer these two questions:

 

What did you hope for as a girl?

 

What are your hopes for girls today?

 

And because the empowerment of not only women but of our next generation is so important to me, I thought that I would not only share a photo of myself online but make this blog post, to tell you why we need to be doing more to help our younger counterparts.

But firstly, the photo

I’m the one on the left, the taller one. And yes, my parents dressed my sister and I in matching clothing, even long after it was appropriate for a 7 year old to match her 3 year old sister. I mean, even our hair had been styled the same. This photo was taken not long after my family and I had moved from New Zealand to Perth and in those days, any free time my parents had, we spent it exploring our new home. This photo was taken at The Esplanade in Fremantle and even to this day it’s one of my most favourite places.

Ok, onto the questions.

What did you hope for as a girl?

I was always a dreamer, always making up stories, dancing around the house to my mother’s collection of classical ballet soundtracks/orchestral music tapes. I always wanted to be a performer of some kind, I wanted to create. I guess I hoped to one day be in a position in which my art could inspire people and tell important stories.
And in a way, it has worked out. I’ve been blessed with many opportunities to not only perform and share but to uplift, encourage and teach.

What are your hopes for girls today?

I hope that they know how special they are, how valuable they are. They have the power to change this world, for the better, if they learn to work together, learn to stand tall and learn that they are just as worthy of having their dreams come true as anyone else. I hope that they can rise up higher than we were ever able to. I hope they believe in themselves and never doubt their strength. I hope that this nonsense about weight, size and shape is never an issue they have to face. I hope that depression is never something they have to suffer from. I hope that every girl, in every country has the chance to a good education and a good job.

But more importantly I hope the world that they grow up to inherit is a better place, is a safer place. But that’s only going to happen if we, the women of today, pave the way for them. Did you know that:

There are still about 31 million girls of primary school age out of school.

Of these, 17 million are expected never to enter school. 


The national gender “pay gap” is roughly 18.2 per cent

and it has remained stuck between 15 per cent and 18 per cent for the past two decades. 


Around two-thirds of the 774 million illiterate people in the world are female. 


1 in 4 girls today fall into a clinical diagnosis – depression, eating disorders, cutting, and other mental/emotional disorders.  

On top of these, many more report being constantly anxious, sleep deprived, and under significant pressure. 

There is still so much that we should be doing for not only today’s girls but for the women of tomorrow. Too many girls are dropping out of school, at too young of an age. And to think! Too many girls don’t even have the right to attend school!
Too many girls are bullied. Too many girls are bullies. Too many girls are hungry. Too many girls are depressed. Too many are homeless. Too many are malnourished. Too many are unhealthy weights for their age and size (Yes, I went there because it’s true and it breaks my heart that they no one is helping them to love and look after their own bodies. No one is there to help them understand themselves or to teach them about healthy living).
Too many girls are hopeless. Too many girls don’t know their own self worth.
It needs to change.

And it begins here, with us making a stand. Let’s show these girls that it’s not their excellence that makes them different but their differences that make them excellent. Join me and stand for workplace equality. Join me and teach girls to love and support each other. Join me and spread body positivity, mindfulness and healthy self-esteem.
Join me and become a Difference Maker. 

 

Ps. Please let me know your thoughts. And please share this. Please share your own answers to the questions too. Let’s not sit pretty anymore, let’s move. Let’s make a difference.

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