Wellness: Raising Girls Out Of Poverty

Woman are b****** and ho’s.

That is the story fed to many girls for years now. It is one that is reinforced daily in many songs, television mini-series and scandals.

Another lie is that women are bitches toward each other. That is a general statement that some make. True as it may be that women can be competitive toward each other, for various reasons and more outwardly than men, but the contrary is also true.

Something tells me that the bitches story – and the bossy one as well – arose to put women in their proverbial place. That other “b” word is often ascribed to women who know themselves and understand that they were born for a purpose other than subservience to men.  These women are constantly reaching for their greatest feeling of wellbeing. They want to use the gray matter in their heads to make decisions for their lives. And they can be quite intimidating.

Could it be the people, mainly men I contend, who wish to keep women in their boxes or in the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant who created this story line?

Wellness and The Girl Effect

GE_Low_05Whoever did it, one thing for sure The Girl Effect is planning to change that.

Last week, I joined the movement because movement it is. Many years of my life were spent at the feet of women, learning how to walk in this world. Sadly, that walk took me along some very poorly lit highways and valleys so long and lonely, many days survival was questionable.

Having had those experiences, it was my decision, on becoming a mother, to make sure that my daughter had no need to travel those paths. That is what The Girl Effect is aiming to do and that is why, now that my daughter is grown, my support is offered.

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What is The Girl Effect?

“The Girl Effect is a global movement. It’s about the unique potential of adolescent girls to end poverty for themselves and the world.”

Saw that? “To end poverty for themselves!”

“Insights show that when you take a holistic approach to improving a girl’s life through education, health, safety and opportunity, these changes have a positive ripple effect. As an educated mother, an active, productive citizen and a prepared employee, she is the most influential force in her community to break the cycle of poverty.” The Girl Effect

Hats off to those behind this organization, this movement!

“The Girl Effect was created by the Nike Foundation in collaboration with the NoVo Foundation, United Nations Foundation and Coalition for Adolescent Girls in 2008, accompanied by a film that caught the imagination of the world. Today, the Girl Effect is driven by hundreds of thousands of supporters who believe in the potential of 250 million adolescent girls living in poverty. Girleffect.org is managed by the Nike Foundation.”

How Can We – As Women Help?

This blog, my Facebook page and the Daughters of Sheba Foundation that I formed a year ago are dedicated to inspiring and uplifting women and those who love them. That would include their daughters and that is how I plan to help. As The Girl Effect states – if you have a website, a blog, a voice – you can help. It takes more than cash to give and support life to any movement.

We must change the names girls are called, the stories about themselves that they are told and the ability to earn their way, legally and with dignity out of poverty.

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You can help too. “Make the case for girls. We need more people to get the word out, and we need more advocates for change in government, business, healthcare, education and at the grassroots level.” That is how you are being asked to help and I am asking you to join me and Speak Out.

Whether you have a blog, a website, a large audience or simply in your home – visit The Girl Effect, review the resources and choose what will work on your site, in your organization, in your community or in your home. Here are three reasons The Girl Effect says you and I need to help:

  1. Girls are the agents of change – and our world needs that so urgently.
  2. Girls are not being reached with the information, support and services that they need.
  3. We are paying a high price when girls are not at the table. For example, the bill for teenage pregnancy is very steep.

So wait no longer, get active, get involved, share this and my other posts on Women Matters and Speak up – women are not girls who grow up to be bitches. As women, we must Speak up.



Photos courtesy of The Girl Effect and my personal album – my granddaughter is the featured model. 🙂



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