To Ms. Bachelet: May UN Women Make a Piercing Statement

Carrie Lee
Posted January 17, 2011 from United States

Dear Ms. Bachelet,

It has been fear, for so long now, that has led to the de-valuing, the violence and the inequality against women. Fear of the unknown. Fear of what we cannot control. Fear of change.

I agree that this is a time of great promise. Because we have seen how fear distorts what we truly hold valuable. And critical masses are now waking up and saying we do not like what we have seen. Indeed, we are ripe for a new way. My hope is that UN Women will not only be a leader in this emergent thinking, but that utilizing it’s powerful position, will burst forth on the international scene in a way that induces a complete cracking open of consciousness.

It has been said that if one woman told the truth about her life, the world would split open. Though I was not outwardly oppressed growing up in the United States, I know how the inward life of a woman becomes bound. How we twist ourselves into pretzels to be heard in a world that cannot hear the way we speak. How we use force when really we have a natural trust for life, we compete when really we see the value in cooperation, we follow the script instead of our intuition. And we continue to live in the illusory world where what I do doesn’t affect you, when really we know better. We know the truth of our connectedness.

I would urge that UN Women make a piercing statement to the world by allowing for the splitting open of the old model and becoming a living example of a balanced entity, where feminine capacities can flourish alongside the masculine, where power means using your gifts, whether tangible or intangible, for the highest good.

We are faced with an extraordinary opportunity to not only bring equality to the forefront, but to empower women everywhere to trust their deepest knowing. When women across the globe tap into their own inherent wisdoms, they will find freedom despite their circumstances and will collectively bring forth a goodness that we cannot even currently envision.

Imagine a world where every woman rises. May you, in your new position as Executive Director of UN Women, hold tenderly this vision. Ensure that all initiatives accelerating equality also re-mind women of their inner goodness, beauty and truth.

Sincerely, Carrie Lee Ferguson Neptune Beach, FL USA

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:

UN Women: Visions and Recommendations

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Jade Frank
Jan 31, 2011
Jan 31, 2011

Dear Carrie,

Thank you for participating in this campaign, by using your voice and speaking out for women worldwide. Your letter is beautifully written and your voice is powerful!

In the coming weeks, we will compile your letters and share your voices with the GEAR Campaign, who have been working closely with UN Women to ensure the inclusion of civil society groups, and through the PulseWire community, grassroots women leaders, as they set their agenda. We will also be sending your letters directly to Michele Bachelet and other senior leaders of the newly formed UN agency, to demonstrate the effectiveness for sourcing opinion, knowledge and needs from the global grassroots women's movement through our online community. Through this, we hope to open a portal for our community to have a direct line of influence within the UN Women agency.

I will keep you updated on the progress of our campaign!

In friendship and solidarity, Jade

Carrie Lee
Feb 01, 2011
Feb 01, 2011

Hi Jade, Thank you for your note. And for the opportunity given to all of us here to further the reach of our voices! I appreciate this community immensely! Carrie