October 11, 2019
October 11 is the International Day of the Girl. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. At FarmHer we believe everyone has basic rights and through our stories of empowerment and change, we want to show every woman, young or old that she matters. Her story matters, her words matter, her actions matter. Here are three basic areas that we encourage any woman or man to think about today, and every day.
Lead by example and be a mentor:
Being a mentor doesn’t mean it has to be a formal thing. If there are young women in your world, lead by example. Be open and honest and share stories from your past experiences to help them form a positive way forward in their life. We pattern so much of ourselves based on the people around us, make sure you are one of those examples of positivity and strength.
Be intentional about what you are watching:
According to Wikipedia, women are the focus of only 10% of news stories, comprise just 20% of experts or spokespeople interviewed, and a mere 4% of news stories are deemed to challenge gender stereotypes. Focus on media that supports and empowers women. Follow social media influencers who are sharing the right message to empower and inspire.
Speak up, speak out:
When you see a problem, speak up. It's the only way we can make change for ourselves and others. If you have the ability to help, lift up or celebrate another woman, do it! As I wrote in a previous article, "As women are taking the initiative to speak up and use their voices and influence to demand real change, I have decided to look inward. How have I enabled negative behavior towards women, and how can I change myself to affect the world around me? For me, the change starts with speaking up for myself and thinking before I speak. I also need to speak up for my friends and women I don’t know when they don’t have the ability to speak up for themselves, making sure they know that they have people on their side. So, I challenge myself and I challenge you: Let us continue what has begun. Whether you are a man or a woman, young or old, outspoken or quiet, you have the power to say something. When you do, maybe the person in question will think twice before hurting someone else." Read the full article here.
Whether they are big steps or little, they all move in the right direction. Be a change maker, be aware of what you do, say and where you spend your time. Be a leader for young women in your community and remember her story matters, her words matter, her actions matter.
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