This video about the Girl Effect makes me cry every time I watch it; the combination of the music, the graphics and the information just presses all my buttons in a way that not many campaigns do.
And maybe it’s because i’m still ill with this virus, but I’m finding it hard to write this post today. I watch the video and tear up; i go to the website and i feel overwhelmed. I want to help, and I will definitely donate as much as I can, but it just doesn’t feel enough. I don’t have first-hand experience of life in third-world countries the way my friends Marianne, Letha and Lisa do – I wish i could get on a plane with a bag of old cameras and spend the day playing and creating to help these girls – any girls, all girls – feel seen and heard, to help them feel important. Because they really are – the stats say there are 600 million adolescent girls living in developing countries, and each has the potential to raise the standard of living for herself, her family, her community and her country. I really do believe it.
I believe that girls can do amazing things.
Today I’m joining 30+ bloggers in the Girl Effect Blogging Campaign, a collaboration organised by Tara Sophia Mohr to raise awareness in our corner of the blogosphere. I know that I’m never going to change the world on a global scale, but i can do what i do here in my own small way. My work – Unravelling, writing, photography – is all about empowering women, so I’m going to recommit to doing the work i do here, and send money so that the people who make a difference can do their work there.
It’s a start. It’s something. One day I hope to do more.
What we can do right now:
Will you join me today and share the videos and some thoughts on the Girl Effect on your blog? Little seeds grow into big plants – let’s start today :)