I believe our time is now.

I believe that we are in the midst of one of the most pervasive genocides in history. The leading cause of death: being female. I believe that women have faced gender discrimination for centuries, making them the world’s greatest untapped resource, and that the key to economic salvation is investing in the female population – be it through microfinance, education or making resources like contraceptives available so that family planning is an option for all.

I believe that women’s status worldwide is gradually shifting – that more and more people are paying attention to the challenges women face around the world. I believe that tolerance for gender discrimination is dissipating, along with patience and hope that things will improve on their own. I believe we are gaining momentum in number, in volume, in scale.

I believe that tools such as Facebook and Twitter have granted us the opportunity to transcend cultural and demographic boundaries, infiltrate oppressive societies and connect with one another on a personal level, which in effect promotes democracy and the free-flowing exchange of ideas. I believe that these tech-based communities have allowed us to mobilize – gaining strength in number and the desire to stand up for our right to freedom, to peace, to education because they help us realize that we are not alone.

I believe that Hillary Clinton, Angela Merkel, Melinda Gates and Malala Yousafzai, are more than just influential women from our era – they are representatives of our fight for justice and being included in today’s global society as equals. I believe that our voices, our thoughts, our involvement is absolutely essential in addressing major global issues, and that the world is slowly beginning to realize this thanks to these brave leaders.

I believe that issues such as rape, female genital mutilation and reproductive health issues, along with other forms of abuse and oppression against women, will remain major issues in today’s society as long as men are not part of the conversation. We cannot do this alone. We need men to stand beside us, to support us and to show the rest of the world that they recognize us as equals and as contributors to society.

I believe that we must stand together and push forward, break the glass ceiling and show the world what we are capable of because times are changing. We, as members of a human race, are changing, and our time is now.

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you are quite right! It is our time, to take back our power and personhood as we self-identify and distinguish as individuals that are forming the largest community possible based on our common interests. I have not heard of Angela Merkel - I will be looking her up right now! thanks foryur friendship and your writing - very articulate essay!

"Be the change you want in the world." Gandhi Debra K. Adams, MA Survivors In Service: Self Empowerment Strategies (SiSSeS) Consultant/Speaker/Author & Owner/Founder. Please learn more about me here: http://re.vu/debrakadams

Thank you Debra! I'm glad you enjoyed it. It is wonderful to meet other individuals who have the same goals and passions. I would love to know more about your work. Are you currently stationed in Vancouver?

Before moving to DC, I spent my senior year in college teaching female victims of domestic violence photography as a therapeutic and empowering tool. It was amazing to see how they took to it immediately and applied the skills I taught them to their form of self expression. If you are interested, I had a blog while I was doing it. I would love to pick it back up, but my time has been very limited since I started working. I'm hoping it will be something I can continue as I become more settled in my career. The link to the blog is http://creativevoices.tumblr.com. Let me know what you think if you get a chance to look at it.

Best, Courtney

Courtney Michelle Miller Digital Communications Strategist and Multimedia Producer http://courtneymichellemiller.org

our missions and passion do collaborate! I saw your blog - it is a great idea (bookmarked it). We should talk about how we can work together! I need to think about this but am ready and willing to begin a dialogue with you any time! debrakadamsma@gmail.com is my personal email and my cell phone is 360 521 3639

"Be the change you want in the world." Gandhi Debra K. Adams, MA Survivors In Service: Self Empowerment Strategies (SiSSeS) Consultant/Speaker/Author & Owner/Founder. Please learn more about me here: http://re.vu/debrakadams

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