A LETTER TO A GIRL

Tumanjong Miranda
Posted September 13, 2019 from Cameroon

EVERY GIRL IN THE WORLD,

NO MATTER THE RACE OR COLOUR.

Dear Girl,

Subject: STRONG GIRLS BUILD A STRONG WORLD

You have been made for so many centuries to believe that you and weak, voiceless, vulnerable and have no place in the society. Society has it that your occupation is “housewife” to the extent that this has been put on your official documents. You have been used as “collateral security” and “payoffs” for debts by parents and other members of the family. You have been sent into early marriages and your dreams and future shattered because someone has the mindset that you are of no value to society.

You have been denied opportunities because someone has said it’s a man’s world. You have no control over your bodies because someone said you have to be submissive and turned you into a baby factory. Is submissiveness the same as abusiveness? You have been treated like an object because someone thinks that’s what you are. You have been used as a sex toy because someone thinks that’s all you can offer.

Dear girl, I am writing you this letter today to let you know who you actually are.  You are the daughter of her father, pride of her mother, mother to her siblings, peace of the family, pillar of nations. You did not choose to be a girl, and be proud of who you are. You should never regret the fact that you are a girl. You are not vulnerable, but are resilient you are not weak but rather strong. You are a warrior. You have been silenced for way too long, but it’s time to speak up. Hail no! You are not an object to be used in securing and paying off debts. You too deserve an education and a career because you were also born of a woman and you also have dreams. You can get into any field of your choice because you also have the potentials to be the best you can. EVERY human irrespective of sex being was born with a unique potential and should be allowed to reach that full potential. Your potentials should not be destroyed because someone thinks it should and can be done by boys only.

Strong girls build a strong world, and I believe in that so much. Look at the impact we the women in world pulse are bringing. They were also girls like you yesterday and despite all odds fought through and are standing tall today. Look at women like Oprah Winfrey, Michel Obama, Sahle-Work Zewde, Bihdhya Devi Bhandari and Hillary Clinton among other great women in the world today. They were also girls before becoming women of honour and in high political positions today. It is not because they did not face the challenges you face today, but because they were able to look beyond the challenge and face life head-on. Have you ever known that without you there will be no humanity? That is how strong you are. The strength within you is so great that you cannot imagine. You are born leader and that is a fact. Oh, lovely girl, you may have a tender look and a kind heart, but remember deep within you are a warrior woman.

All the mothers today were girls yesterday. Due to the strength in the right from the days of their girlhood, the now fight to give you a better life. They go sleepless nights and hungry, just to make sure you are comfortable. That is the warrior you should become tomorrow. Fight to protect what you believe in and be the best you can.

Dear Girl, the journey is not easy and will not be easy because of the mentality routed in humanity because of you. There will be times you will be beaten and bruised, abused and scorned… it has always been a hard knock life for us. You will feel like giving up, you will feel like losing hope, you will even hate your very existence. When all these happen, don’t give up on all you believe. Rather bring out the warrior in you.

Finally my dear girl. Keep in mind that what you tolerate is how people tend to treat you. Do your best to keep your values and see into it that everyone around you respect your values; and learn to respect others' values. Do not let anyone look down on you because you are a girl. Make them realise that the world still stands today because of your existence.

Indeed, strong girls build a strong world. Never forget that.

Sincerely,

Your fellow girl.

This story was submitted in response to GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable.

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Jill Langhus
Sep 13, 2019
Sep 13, 2019

Hello Dear Miranda,

Wow! What another strong, and compellingly written post you've written! Great job! So inspiring.

I hope you're doing well, and having a great Friday, dear.

XX

Tumanjong Miranda
Sep 13, 2019
Sep 13, 2019

Hello Dear Jill,
Thank you so much for the words of encouragement.
Yes, I am doing ok thanks. Hope you too are?

Jill Langhus
Sep 14, 2019
Sep 14, 2019

Hello lovely,

You're very welcome, dear:-)

Good to hear. I'm doing well, thanks:-)

Hope you have a good, safe weekend, dear.

XX

Tumanjong Miranda
Sep 14, 2019
Sep 14, 2019

Hi Jill,
Yes I am, thank you.

Jill Langhus
Sep 16, 2019
Sep 16, 2019

Hello dear:-)

Great to hear!!

xx

Wusufor
Sep 13, 2019
Sep 13, 2019

Great post with excellent bullet points. Voiceless and no control over the body. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.
Hugs

Tumanjong Miranda
Sep 13, 2019
Sep 13, 2019

You're welcome dear sister. Have a great weekend too
Peace!

Wusufor
Sep 14, 2019
Sep 14, 2019

Thanks :-)

Samanthah
Sep 14, 2019
Sep 14, 2019

profound.... i love it... a lot of girls out there should read this...... you got it woman

Tumanjong Miranda
Sep 14, 2019
Sep 14, 2019

Thank you Samantha :-)

sheistheuniverse
Sep 14, 2019
Sep 14, 2019

Oh Miranda! This is so beautiful. i have tears in my eyes and my heart is so open. That powerful your words are. Thank you for this gift you are giving us all!

Tumanjong Miranda
Sep 14, 2019
Sep 14, 2019

You're welcome dear sister.

DrSpirit
Sep 14, 2019
Sep 14, 2019

Great Job Tumanjong,

Your letter was very insightful and inspiring. Keep up the great work by supporting others to be strong and look for opportunities to share their gifts.

Blessings, Dr Liz

Tumanjong Miranda
Sep 14, 2019
Sep 14, 2019

Dear Dr. Liz, thank you for your words of encouragement.

DrSpirit
Sep 15, 2019
Sep 15, 2019

You are quite welcome.

Anita Shrestha
Sep 14, 2019
Sep 14, 2019

Dear
Nice and keep it up

Tumanjong Miranda
Sep 15, 2019
Sep 15, 2019

Thank you dear Anita

ANJ ANA
Sep 15, 2019
Sep 15, 2019

My dear Miranda,
Thank you for sharing the insightful letter to every girl, despite race and colour because the story of every girl in the world is the same. Its so true and agree that if you value yourself, the world will be valuing to you, so if we love our dignity, we have to love ourself first.
Warm regards,
anjana

Tumanjong Miranda
Sep 16, 2019
Sep 16, 2019

You're welcome dear sister.

Tarke Edith
Sep 15, 2019
Sep 15, 2019

Hello Miranda
Wao that is a strong letter to the girls, l know what our mothers gone through in life with this issue of girls being used to pay debts , but with our voices together we shall fight this ills
Thanks for sharing.

Tumanjong Miranda
Sep 16, 2019
Sep 16, 2019

You're welcome dear sister Edith

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Sep 19, 2019
Sep 19, 2019

Hello, my beloved Miranda,

My tears just keep falling as I read every word here. How heartfelt this letter is that it speaks straight to my heart. I wish I read this letter when I was a little girl. There are so many points you've written that resonates with me. Ohhh, I love the line " All the mothers today are girls yesterday". What a powerful letter this is! I hope every girl can read this. :) Strong girls build a strong world, indeed. You are building this world strong because of who you are. You have a gift of writing. Use it more than ever. Let your voice and message be heard ALWAYS.

I love this contribution you made for our Call for Stories. Whoever gets featured, this is a winner to me. :)

Tumanjong Miranda
Sep 19, 2019
Sep 19, 2019

Hi dear Karen, thank you for the words of encouragement.
I hope you are having a great day?

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Sep 19, 2019
Sep 19, 2019

You’re welcome, dear.
Yes, I’m having a great day. I’m travelling now while I read stories on World Pulse. Hope you’re having a great day, too!

Dohbobga Stephanie
Oct 11, 2019
Oct 11, 2019

Dr Miranda nice one there. Really encouraging and inspiring more grace to your elbows dear.

Tumanjong Miranda
Oct 11, 2019
Oct 11, 2019

Hello dear Stephanie,
Thank you for your words of encouragement.
Hope you are doing great? :-)

maeann
Oct 15, 2019
Oct 15, 2019

Hi Miranda,

Thank you for this powerful letter for girls. May all girls be empowered.

Tumanjong Miranda
Oct 15, 2019
Oct 15, 2019

Hi Maeann,
You are so welcome sister!
Thanks for the encouragement.
Hope you're doing ok?

efe
Oct 18, 2019
Oct 18, 2019

Strong girls are the most compassionate

Tumanjong Miranda
Oct 24, 2019
Oct 24, 2019

So true dear sister!!

Tamarack Verrall
Oct 20, 2019
Oct 20, 2019

Dear Miranda,
What a wonderful message to all the girls. From what girls continue to be taught,"...you are of no value to society" to your loving challenge, "... don’t give up on all you believe. Rather bring out the warrior in you... strong girls build a strong world. Never forget that". I hope many girls get to read or hear these words.

Tumanjong Miranda
Oct 24, 2019
Oct 24, 2019

Thank you dear Tam. Your words always mean everythimg to me.

ChristineC
Oct 24, 2019
Oct 24, 2019

Thank you for sharing this beautiful and powerful letter. You are so right, strong girls do build a strong world and I'm happy to see a strong girl like you out there leading the charge. Please continue to send this message out to the world. We are the ones who know our own value -- no one should ever be able to take that away from you.

Tumanjong Miranda
Oct 24, 2019
Oct 24, 2019

Thank you dear sister :-)