For The Girls

Tamarack Verrall
Posted March 12, 2021 from Canada
We will never stop working for freedom.

This March 8, 2021, Busayo invited some of us adult women to speak with girls in her home area. How special it was to be there with them for the morning, in school together and celebrating International Women's Day. And how special in particular, knowing that these girls have the chance to meet with Busayo in person. Days later, I'm still thinking of what it was like to be with them and what I want them to know. So, my thoughts from this morning. What I want all the girls to know.

It is International Women’s Day. In fact, because this is so important we have declared March to be International Women’s Month. We continue to hold meetings and gather, and remind each other that women deserve respect, the utmost respect, and we send messages to all the girls, that none of what was done to you, that has hurt you in any way, should ever have happened. And that we're working on it, that we've been working on it for a long time.

We want you to know that we meet together like this, girls and women, that we meet to let each other know what is happening, and what we are doing about it. We meet to share what women throughout time have accomplished, the brilliance and leadership of women that has been hidden from us, that has been kept out of the story we are told. We meet to strengthen our connections with each other. We meet to send each other love. We meet to show those that hold this system in place, that we are standing together to call for an end to all of this violence. Violence toward women and girls, violence toward anyone who steps forward to defy these unjust rules. And we step forward to end the violence being done to the earth and waters of our beautiful planet.

What so many women my age had hoped is that we would have been able to change this, long before all you beautiful girls were born, before any one of you would be so disrespectfully, so horrendously treated. We want you to know that we hold onto the right of every one of us to be free to live our lives as we choose, without violence, without poverty, with freedom.

So as women, given what we are working for together here, it is such an important moment for us to meet with you girls, to know how you are, to make sure you are safe, to make sure you do not blame yourself for anything wrong done to you, that you know how important you are, and that you know that there is this sisterhood, this sisterhood that we have created, hearing each others’ stories, listening, sharing, working with each other on how to end all of the violence, everywhere. Meeting for the chance to put an arm around your shoulders, and to together create a very different world, the world we know is possible. We meet to help each other heal, share with each other how we are, what we are doing, how we believe in this world without pain, this world of respect, and love. We meet to help each other find our ways to shine, to live our lives fully. We meet so that you can know how many of us are working together to create this world in which women and girls are free of violence, free to choose our lives, this world without hunger, without poverty, without pain. A world of peace.

We want you to know too, that this sisterhood has existed throughout time, but that it has never been as strong globally as it is, right now. That now we’re able to find each other, meet with each other, get to know each other, and stay strong together. This is a celebration. This is why I celebrate International Women’s Day. To be in close touch with each other about how we are, and what we’re doing. To stand together publicly. And to celebrate all you girls who have already found this sisterhood. How wonderful to see you.

This story was submitted in response to #HerStoryMakesHistory.

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ikirimat
Mar 12
Mar 12

Thank you Tam for sharing your story and thoughts. Indeed this month of March is a women's month we should harness to create more impact to our sisters. We continue to celebrate Women's day!!

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 13
Mar 13

Thanks dear sister,
It was a year in which we were not able to be out in the streets visibly calling on our Governments to live up to promises. Instead it has been a year that has strengthened our connections with each other, providing ways for each other to raise our voices, together creating a global manifesto on what needs to change.

Olutosin
Mar 13
Mar 13

This is Beautiful. Amongst sisters there are no boarders. Imagine technology making it possible to speak face to face with these girls and impact on their lives too.
Thank you Tam our lovely sister for your good works.

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 13
Mar 13

My dear Tosin,
It was such a wonderful experience to press a key on a computer and suddenly be in that room witnessing Busayo speaking directly to all these girls, and to be able to show them with our presence there and our words, that we are in this together, globally.
Lovely to get your comment.

Honorine Ngenwi
Mar 13
Mar 13

That was very taughtfull of my dear sister Busayo to let grand ma Tam to impact words of wisdom to the grand children. Waoh that was great for the strong ladies.
Keep up
Hugs

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 13
Mar 13

Dear Honorine,
It was so special to be invited and to see all those girls being empowered by Busayo's words and for each of us who spoke, to be able to send them messages of encouragement.

Sushmita Das
Mar 13
Mar 13

Tam, your post just made me realised the fact the how powerful I am.
Thank you very very much. Sending you love and a big hug. Happy international Women's Day.

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 13
Mar 13

Wow Shushmita, your message went right to my heart. Love and a big hug back, dear sister.

Keelan
Mar 14
Mar 14

What a wonderful sentiment! It was so nice to speak with you briefly during the breakout session on the IWD zoom call. I wholeheartedly agree with and support your mission to celebrate the strength of sisterhood!

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 14
Mar 14

Thanks Keelan,
Yes, those breakout rooms are great for giving us the chance to really meet! I'm so glad that World Pulse has made it possible for us to meet and work together.

Theresa Takafuma
Mar 14
Mar 14

Hello Tam!
Wow. Just wow. Your words went straight to the heart. You know, when I see something like this, "and we send messages to all the girls, that none of what was done to you, that has hurt you in any way, should ever have happened. And that we're working on it, that we've been working on it for a long time.", I'm reminded that my small efforts, in the smallest way add to the bigger picture. Thank you for awakening the fight within me.

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 15
Mar 15

Dear Theresa,
I'm so happy to know that this touched you. Every small effort we make, every woman and girl who we manage to encourage to believe in herself, every time we reach a deeper trust in ourselves, this is the change that brings us all closer to a world in which we are the respected leaders we are meant to be.

Dear Tam,

Thank you for sharing your rich experiences and wisdom on International Women's Day/Month!

Always a pleasure to listen to you on Thrive Thursday.

Congratulations on your Spirit Award! :)

Love peace and blessings
Sabeena

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 15
Mar 15

Dear Sabeena,
Thank you so much. It is a joy to be on this path with you.
In sisterhood love,
Tam

Busayo Obisakin
Mar 14
Mar 14

Thank you so much Tam for making the program so wonderful. You need to see the faces of those girls, how they were glowing when you, Kaken, Jill and Mary from another countries were speaking with them. It was like they were all supporting us, we have their backing and their confidence came like a power surge. Mama I want you to be encouraged that we are moving on to victory, We shall overcome, we will get there where violence against women and girls would be a taboo. We will get there someday!! Our deep appreciation Tam!
Love
Busayo

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 15
Mar 15

Dear Busayo,
It was such a special experience, to be invited, to see all these girls, to be able to send them a message with information and love, and to hear them raise their voices with you..."their confidence came like a power surge". It is a moment I hold deep in my heart, when that wave of their voices filled the room. Yes! toward that day when violence against women will be known to be a taboo. Thank you for the chance to experience your work in action.
Love,
Tam

Regina Afanwi Young
Mar 14
Mar 14

Wow!! Mama Tam. What a lovely messages to all the girls out here. I have been reading it out to my daughter Therese and will be communicating it also to our girls with hearing impairment.
What a wonderful world it will be when must have accomplished all of that Mum. You are always a great source of inspiration to us all at WP. Stay strong and safe Mama Tam.
Sending you so much love across the miles from Cameroon.

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 15
Mar 15

Regina my dear Sister,
Thank you so much for the beautiful message, it touches me deeply to know that you have read it to your daughter, and that you will be taking it to girls with hearing impairment. we are so much closer to our goal now that we are finding each other and know that we are working together.
Sending love back across the ocean,
Tam

ARREY- ECHI
Mar 15
Mar 15

Dear Mama Tam,
It is always so heartwarming reading any of your posts. What a treasured moment the girls had, having you all powerful amazing come together to hold space for them.

This paragraph "What so many women my age had hoped is that we would have been able to change this, long before all you beautiful girls were born, before any one of you would be so disrespectfully, so horrendously treated. We want you to know that we hold onto the right of every one of us to be free to live our lives as we choose, without violence, without poverty, with freedom" is deep and so true and to be sincere, can sometimes feel like not much has been done.

Nevertheless, through this special family, we are changing that daily and making the girls know their worth and believe in themselves.

I join you in celebrating those girls and those who have joined the World Pussy family.

Love

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 15
Mar 15

Dear Arrey,
Thank you for your message, and for speaking to that one thought. I want young women to know that our governments failed to act then, and that we are calling them on their false promises. But so true and to be celebrated, we do have this special family now and I have never been so hopeful since finding World Pulse, discovering how many of us there are these days, and what extraordinary work we are doing and able to do together. It is far beyond what we had imagined. It is what so many of us have hoped for. How wonderful that through World Pulse these young women are stepping into what we have now.
Love to you dear Sister,
Tam

Urmila Chanam
Mar 15
Mar 15

Dearest sister Tam,
I celebrate you on International Women's Day and every day for the compassion that lives deep inside your heart. Your leadership is filled with lifting up others and believing in them.
Love and hugs,
Urmila Chanam
India

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 15
Apr 15

My dear sister,
Thank you! I am forever grateful that we have met and continue this journey together now, through this extraordinary network.
Much love,
Tam

Rahel Randy
Mar 15
Mar 15

Awesome!
Thank you for sharing.

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 15
Apr 15

Thank you Rahel, I wish you all the best with your important work.

Susu Mohamed
Mar 15
Mar 15

Dear Mama Tam, How are you doing
thanks for your sharing to this is not story but is Stories Advices Encouragements and Celebrations.
Stay safe health and happy.
Much Love
Suu

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 15
Apr 15

My dear Sis Suu,
Your message fills my heart. Thank you!
Much love,
Tam

Jessica Robinson
Mar 15
Mar 15

This is beautiful, Tam! This is a beautiful acknowledgement of why International Women’s Day means a lot to you...thank you for sharing these beautiful words.
Much love,
Jessica

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 15
Apr 15

Dear Jessica,
How lovely to receive your message. It is so amazing to be able to work together.
Deep sisterhood love,
Tam

Renu Paswan
Mar 20
Mar 20

It's nice, thank you for sharing

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 15
Apr 15

Dear Renu,
Thank you! So good to "meet" you here in this sisterhood.

charlenegailtaruwona

Dear Tamarack,
What a beautiful message you have given us. It makes me proud to be part of this movement. I will never look back.

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 15
Apr 15

Dear Charlene,
"I will never look back". I love this! I feel this way too. This is the movement of our dreams.