The girl empowerment issue.

Posted January 20, 2011

THE GIRL EMPOWERMENT ISSUE Dear Michelle Bachelet, UN Women Executive Director, I feel privileged to write this e-mail to you from Nigeria. Accept my warmest congratulations on your new appointment as the Executive director of UN women. I hope this email will be able to assist you and UN women in upholding the dignity of women and also assist them in realizing and achieving their potentials. My name is Adepeju Ogunbote, a 22-year old graduate of microbiology, a peer educator and a volunteer for development issues. I was opportune to grow up in an environment where males and females were given almost equal treatment. During my growing years, I went for holidays and subsequently higher education in another region of my country. As a result of this, I realized the kind of treatment being accorded to women from their families, and the society because they were “WOMEN”. Then it dawned on me why these women could take this kind of treatment; they were not empowered from their teenage years. I have come to realize that if young girls are educated on their potentials, given life skills training, and fully empowered on how to set and achieve their goals for the future, the society at large would benefit and make a greater impact on all the corners of the world. Furthermore, if these teenagers are empowered, they will learn to speak up when they feel discriminated and know the right avenue to tackle gender-related issues. It is these empowered girls that will grow up to be the model women of tomorrow. I feel highly privileged to be educated, empowered and aware of issues that concern me and my future but I can’t stop asking myself “what about those other girls who do not know what I know”. I plead with the UN women to heed to our call and include our pursuit for the equal rights of women in your agenda. Warmest Regards Adepeju Ogunbote Lagos, Nigeria. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- As the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women officially begins its work this month, World Pulse is asking women worldwide: What is YOUR vision and recommendation for UN Women? We invite you to raise your voice by writing a letter to UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet outlining your recommendation for how this new UN agency can truly affect change on the ground to promote gender equality and uphold the rights and needs of women both on a local and global scale. Learn more:

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