Women and Girls: from adversity to hope

Ashleigh Lauren
Posted May 23, 2016 from United States

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May 24, 2016
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Stelz
May 24, 2016
May 24, 2016

Dear Ashleigh,

What an inspirational article?? The stories of these girls and women are stories that resonates with most female across the world. Some that we watch on our TV sets, we read from newspapers and on social media or that are even happening next door to us.  At least the voices of these girls and women are being heard. For the United Nation to have a briefing on this with the title “Women and Girls: from adversity to hope” is just another step towards the right direction.  We applaud the courage of these women.

Personally, and surely most people reading this will be very impressed with the stance that these girls and women are taking.  As much as their stories are heart-breaking it soothes our hearts that they are using their adversities not only to bring hope to many but to be the voice of the voiceless.

Is it Malala Yousafzai who says that   ”…. Weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, fervor and courage was born.”

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It is Monica Singh  a survivor of an acid attacked that completely destroy her face, and instead of burying herself into shame  saw this as an opportunity to  be the VOICE of other victims. She says;

 “I want to tell every young girl who has been a victim of rape, physical abuse, domestic violence that life doesn’t end there… Life is just beginning. Keep on moving, keep on following your heart.”

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As In the words of Consolee Nishimwe, author, motivational speaker and survivor of the Rwandan genocide who contracted HIV when she was raped and instead of living with fear and stigma says;

“I didn’t think I would be able to function again … I went back to school …I had to be strong and fight hard. I was able to write my story which was a relief… For me, I realized I should be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves”

Or

Nalia Amin, who shared her story of escaping child marriage. Child marriage is still happening most countries of the world today. It is a form of child abuse and victims must be able to speak against such malpractices. Nalia Amin did just that when her brother asked her, are you a victim or are you a survivor?” and she replied

“Do I look weak to you? I’m a survivor,” Nalia responded. “That’s the day I chose to survive. We are warriors. Women, we give life.”

Ashleigh personally I applaud and respect these women for their tenacity and their courage for being able to stand against all odds and use their voices not only for themselves but for others as a source of inspiration. We can only wish that more and more women victims will follow their footsteps.

Thank you for bringing this to our attention

Ashleigh Lauren
May 24, 2016
May 24, 2016

Dear Stelz,

Thank you for your in-depth reading and analysis of this article. These women, and the countless women around the world they represent, continue to inspire me with their tenacity and courage. Sometimes when I want to give up or think to myself "what's the point?" I remember their stories and words. If they can find purpose despite the challenges they have faced, I have no excuse to lose hope. 

Thank you for your words. 

Best,

Ashleigh

JOY Eze
May 25, 2016
May 25, 2016

Thank for sharing! This is educative, insightful and motivational. Thanks for the good work

Ashleigh Lauren
May 30, 2016
May 30, 2016

Thanks so much for reading, Joy!