She is A Girl Child And Much More
Today is not just any day. Today we celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child under the theme : “With Her a Skilled Girl Force”. It is special to me as I am well aware of some of the obstacles the girl child and teenage girls have to overcome across the world. They need to know that we are there for them. The aim of this inspirational article is to let the girl child and young girls all over the world know that each one of them is exceptional, clever, capable of anything they put their mind to, beautiful the way they are and stronger than they think. They all have been endowed with a seed of greatness and hence have the capacity to tackle anything life throws at them.
Today, I stand before you as an achieved woman who paid her dues to the university of life. Today, I am self-confident. I have self-esteem. I am bold and fierce. Today, I am a successful Entrepreneur; a healthy, happy, blessed married woman with a passion for God, a mother of three girls and so much more.
Have I always been enjoying such exceptional privileges? No, not at all. I went through so much at a young age that if someone had told me many years ago, I would be living such an extraordinary life, I would have never believed that person. And yet, this is a true story.
I will not go into much details but at a young age, I got pregnant and in the process, lost my youth and had to face responsibilities a girl child or a teenage girl should not have to deal with. In my case it was teenage pregnancy, in other cases, it is something else. Being pregnant at such a young age could have prevented me from becoming the successful entrepreneur, leader and mentor, I am today, but God had other plans for me. He raised me up for a reason.
Today, It is my duty to speak up. It is my duty to tell my story. It is my duty to be a change agent. It is my duty to raise the issue of lack of self-esteem, peer pressure, teenage pregnancy among other things. It is my duty to explain that these obstacles can be overcome and that there is light at the end of the tunnel. It is specifically for that reason that I created the NGO She Phoenix, Femme Phoenix ( https://www.facebook.com/SHE-Phoenix-FEMME-Phoenix-1579644932111579/?ref=bookmarks), a South African NGO which aims at equipping the girl child, teenage girls with life skills that will help them face a daunting range of obstacles (such as lack of self-esteem, peer pressure, teenage pregnancy, etc.) and in so doing, they will be able to unleash their true potential and start soaring.
More and more people are raising their voices and directing their energy towards noble causes. The International Day of the Girl Child is an exceptional cause and I applaud the initiative of UN Women (http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/girl-child). I also applaud the initiative of Ashaba Faridah (Founder of Bambino Life Foundation http://bambinolifefoundation.com/about.html ) and Mireille Toulekima (Founder of Mireille Toulekima Global Leadership https://mireilletoulekima.com/) who promote STEM education for girls through their programme called STEM QUEENS. Together, we can do more to make sure the Girl Child and young girls make the most of the life of opportunities that is awaiting them.
She Is A Girl Child and Much More”. Eva Arissani
I leave you with this food for thought : “For I know well the plans I have in mind for you (…) plans for your welfare and not for your woe, so as to give you a future of hope” (Jeremiah, 29 : 11). We can achieve extraordinary things in our lives when we realize the extraordinary potential we have been endowed with.
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Published Author of New Moi New Life : Five Ways to Build a New You and Live an Extraordinary Life, International Speaker, Professional Coach, Blogger, Founder of http://www.newmoi.org