Global Pawns are Queens in the Making

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CNN’s great new pilot program “Girl Rising” featured several stories of young girls who yearn to obtain an education and get out of poverty. They live in different countries and fight everyday to overcome impossible odds to realize their dreams. This is a cry for help. I consider them all beautiful, harmless, and “global pawns who are Queens in the making.” For these millions of girls, life is brutally hard and extremely painful and difficult. I have to ask what sins have they committed to live in such unspeakable living conditions, relentless abuse, and shamed for just being born female? I cannot put my head around this.

“Girl Rising” has helped me to put things in perspective. This documentary represents the reality that their stolen innocence is the catalyst which sparks their innate sense to become more than they are today. Their silent resiliency in most cases only reveals to the world they dare to have a dream even if those dreams live in a make believe world in their heads. The point is these girls live in constant fear, struggle each day to survive, and cry each night for someone to save them and help them get out of their miserable situation. But they still dare to dream. Whom can they turn to when they live in such poverty, illness and degradation?

As analogous to a pawn piece in a chess set, global pawns may be perceived as weak females, dumb and not worth much, but they possess an incredible unspoken power of inner strength and resiliency, which lies within their very own ability to promote themselves to a Queen status in life or business, if they dream hard enough. Through obtaining an education, these girls will embark on a new path of independence, confidence, hope and inspiration. They in turn pave the way for others to follow in their victorious foot steps.

My message is loud and clear. The importance and value of girls obtaining an education and empowering themselves through knowledge and wisdom regardless of their obstacles and opponents in life is what all women in the world need to support! What is happening to these little girls on a daily basis is a world crisis. Yet, there is strength in numbers and we should no longer close our eyes and ears to this devastating way of life for these girls. They silently scream for help and I am listening! I am raising both hands to support education for all girls in every corner of the world. So, what can we do? Let’s start by supporting and partnering with global organizations which advocate and support these efforts such as Raise Your Hand Now, the Bisila Bokoko African Library Project, and UN Women. “Think, plan, react…be the SHESS player, not the chess piece… from Global Pawn to Queen!”

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