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ANY GIRL CAN CHANGE THE WORLD
The society as it is today and from time immemorial has made efforts, consciously or unconsciously under the guise of culture, tradition and religion, to place females below thereby crowning females as princesses of inadequacy. Females (girls and women) are often marginalized and excluded from opportunities that leave them limited and unable to maximize their potential or fulfil their dreams. Despite all the challenges, some courageous women have been able to fight their ways through. They have challenged the status quo, created their own rules and Yes! You guessed it, they won the battle, redefined the meaning of the female gender and left indelible marks in the sands of time and history acknowledges their achievements.
Among these females are girls who never allowed and vowed to never allow, age, tradition, nationality, economic status etc. to limit them. This write up is about such girls and it seeks to sweep fear off your feet to challenge you to dare to live. Yes! dare to be your dreams. Your dreams, your ideas, intuitions, even those that are too big that you often discredit them, we dare you to take a step towards your change. Even if you must cry along the way, even if you must stop a while to catch your breath, NEVER EVER GIVE UP ON YOURSELF! NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS!
Place you hand on your chest and tell yourself “I believe that I truly deserve the very best life has to offer’’. Believe it and live it, ask for no permission rather give notices.
What else, the way you view yourself, your perception of who you are, tends to define for you who should be and what you deserve. Remember, What You Think, You Become‘ “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve,” Napoleon Hill once said. “The mind is everything. So, create your own mental picture of who you want to become, even if your brain comes with limiting views from your past experiences to determine that that is who you are, don’t let it , instead, impose on it the image of who you are becoming, insisting that, that is who you are.
Never let peoples view of you and thoughts of how they will accept you bring you down. Recreate your perception, dig in your feet, believe that you deserve your dreams, allow yourself to be moulded by the process and surely you will reap fruits of excellence. Among those who have reaped these fruits of excellence, read the stories of Zuriel Oduwole, Samantha Smith, and Bana Alabed.
Zuriel, is currently 18 years old, she was born in California to a Nigerian father and a Mauritian mother. At an early age of 9, she started visioning and doing amazing things in the areas of filmmaking and climate change and with these, she hoped to change what education means in Africa and the world. Let’s check out some of her contribution in these areas.
ADVOCACY FOR EDUCATION
To leave a mark and improve education, Zuriel gives impact talks to young people in school and out of school. She has reached out to over 26,000 students. Also, in an effort to give a voice to the importance of education for the girl child, she speaks to youths, placing herself in the forefront of girl’s right advocacy. She shows with herself, an example of what an Educated Girl can do.
She has now spoken to more than 20 Presidents and Prime Ministers of different countries, including Nigeria, Guyana, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Liberia, South Sudan, Jamaica and Namibia, via her advocacy programmes in a bid to drive advocacy and bring social change.
Zuriel Oduwole, had her first filmmaking experience at the age of 9. She made her first documentary as part of an educational project called “The Ghana Revolution” at the age of 10. As if that struck a cord in her, she realized that she could do more if she ups her game, using filmmaking to change the world.
At 12, Zuriel became the world’s youngest filmmaker, having self-produced and self-edited documentary screened in commercial movie theatres in over three countries. Some of her produced movies including, The Ghana Revolution, The 1963 OAU Formation, Educating and Healing Africa Out of Poverty, Technology in Educational Development, A Promising Africa, Follow The Ball For Education.
Understanding the threats that climate change can pose in education, Zuriel met with the Prime Minister of Samoa, the Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Prime Minister of Vanuatu, the Prime Minister of Tuvalu, the President of Marshall Islands, and the Prime Minister of Fiji, to learn more about the effects of climate change on their countries education development. As a byproduct of the interviews, she delivered a keynote speech at COP23 on the direct and human geography effect of Climate Change on Education, in Island countries.
What is the life lesson you have learnt from Zuriel’s story? Tell us how you are going to apply it into your life in the comment section?
[caption id="attachment_193" align="alignleft" width="300"] Samantha Smith, of Manchester, Maine, holds letter she received from Soviet leader Yuri Andropov on April 26, 1983 in Manchester, Maine. (AP Photo/Patricia Wellenbach)[/caption]
Samantha Reed Smith was an American girl born in June 29, 1972 and she died in August 25, 1985. In December 1982, she wrote a letter that eased the tension between her country and the Soviet Union. 10 years old Samantha addressed the first letter to the then leader of Soviet Union, Yury Andropov, inquiring from him what things he was willing to do in order to make sure the nuclear war between USA and Soviet Union did not occur. This decision she made after listening to a commercial television broadcast about the possible disaster that will be ensued in the occurrence of such a war.
Here is the excerpt of her letter
Dear Mr. Andropov,
My name is Samantha Smith. I am ten years old. Congratulations on your new job. I have been worrying about Russia and the United States getting into a nuclear war. Are you going to vote to have a war or not? If you aren’t, please tell me how you are going to help to not have a war. This question you do not have to answer, but I would like to know why you want to conquer the world or at least our country. God made the world for us to live together in peace and not to fight.
Samantha is referred as the youngest peace America’s Youngest Ambassador. She hosted show and was invited to different shows all over Soviet Union where she made declaration in favour of peaceful coexistence of nations. After her death, the Soviet Union issued a stamp in her honor, named a diamond, a rose and a mountain in her honor. Also, in her home state of Maine, a school was named after her.
Now the implication I am sure you have considered is that no matter your age or race or position in life, you can make a contribution that will change the world around you if you are willing to take steps towards it.
Bana is a Syrian girl who in September 24, 2016 created twitter account where she pleaded for the seizure of war and for peace to be returned to her battle-scarred nation; she was then seven years old. The account has nearly 370,000 followers and is managed by her English-speaking mother, Fatemah Alabed. Using the account, she asked for peace and intervention of international organizations and the return of peace to her family and country. She gave a childlike eyewitness account of what terror she and her family went through in the war-torn Syrian town Aleppo.
In 2017, she published a book titled, Dear World: A Syrian Girl’s Story of War and Plea for Peace. In 2018, Bana was honoured with the Rising Star Award at The Asian Awards.
Young Bana stood up for peace in a war ruined Syrian, even you can stand up for what you believe in. There is strength in every human, but fear is the greatest undoing of our greatness. Marian Williamson correctly expressed this in her poem, she said
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.
We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us
It’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we’re liberated from our own fear
Our presence automatically liberates others.
Wining any battle, creating the change you want to see and consequently changing the world is a function of how deserving you think you are to fight for and grasp the victory. When you decide that it must happen then it will happen. Let’s learn to do it girls even in the face of fear, know that you can do it afraid. At Girls Voices we believe that every girl has the capacity to change the world and we know you can!
Give a short review of what you have done in the past or are doing presently that is affecting someone positively or changing your environment. Feel free to share your views no story is too small to share.
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