THE GIRL EFFECT: Blogging for change!

A lot of people blog for good causes. There are so many worthwhile things to try and change! I’ve recently discovered another one worth your time, if you have a minute or two. As a woman, campaigns involving women and girls are important to me. It’s easy for us women in the U.S. to take our rights for granted. Elsewhere in the world, girls are not so lucky. The Girl Effect is a campaign for them…the not so lucky ones. Where girls as young as 12 years old are sold into prostitution because they live in poverty and lack the means to escape their circumstances…

“This is an event that draws attention to the plight of girls around the world who are living in poverty and yet uniquely capable of creating a better future for themselves, their sons and daughters, and their communities and countries.” ~ Jamie Dedes, writer, poet, blogging activist

~ Because I’m a Girl ~

Born with breasts and a fertile womb,

Evil bought me far too soon.

Caught in circumstance not chosen,

All these tears mean my heart has frozen.

Used as chattel, in a dark world of  men,

Someone please save me, send me home again?

Everywhere in this cold, ancient land,

 

Is the scent of feminine death at hand.

Men rape us, brutally use us as they will,

 

And into children’s wombs their seeds they spill.

 

Grant us peace and safety, I pray!

I saw another girl die today —

Raped, bleeding, left to rot in the world.

Life is hell. Because I was born as a girl.

 ~C.L.R. © 2011 ~

I believe in the power of 1+1. It starts with an individual…they tell someone else…and so on. Pretty soon, you have a lot more than just one. Check out the website and see if there’s something you, too, can do to help. It starts with one.

Peace and Hope to all of you reading! 🙂

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About dragonkatet

Regarding the blog name, Dragon’s Dreams ~ The name comes from my love-affairs with both Dragons and Dreams (capital Ds). It’s another extension of who I am, a facet for expression; a place and way to reach other like-minded, creative individuals. I post poetry and images that fascinate or move me, because that’s my favorite way to view the world. I post about things important to me and the world in which we live, try to champion extra important political, societal and environmental issues, etc. Sometimes I wax philosophical, because it’s also a place where I always seem to learn about myself, too, by interacting with some of the brightest minds, souls and hearts out there. It’s all about ‘connection(s)’ and I don’t mean “net-working” with people for personal gain, but rather, the expansion of the 4 L’s: Light, Love, Laughter, Learning.
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12 Responses to THE GIRL EFFECT: Blogging for change!

  1. Jamie Dedes says:

    Bravo, Corina! Well done. Thank you for doing this. You have really captured the essence of the issue. A fine, fine poem.

    Don’t forget to link yourself in here:
    http://www.taramohr.com/girleffectposts/

    Thanks for the shout out.

  2. Jo Bryant says:

    Love it Corina well done you !!

  3. Powerful, amazing poem. I used parts of it to tweet for Girl Effect. Thanks for your post. Hope you don’t mind but putting your poem on my FB page, giving credit and link here.

    • dragonkatet says:

      Thanks very much for stopping by! 🙂 I don’t mind at all – getting the word out to as many people as possible is what it’s all about. Thanks for the kind comment.

  4. Brilliant! Only a drop in the ocean, but still, as you said it starts with one! Have a look at this post- a man writing about women- it’s amazing and it would be great if more men thought that way – http://morningerection.wordpress.com/2010/08/27/the-most-beautiful-girl-in-the-world/

    • dragonkatet says:

      Thanks so much, Blaga. 🙂 Sorry about the lateness in response – was out most of last week with the flu. Thanks so much for sharing that post with me. There were many things in it which resonated (for many reasons) and I can think of several women who also need to read it. I, too, wish that more men thought that way….unfortunately, we have hundreds (thousands?) of years of programming and indoctrination to fight…and the sad fact that so many women perpetuate and buy into the programming. That said, it is most definitely a battle worth fighting for! 🙂

  5. eebrinker says:

    the base or underlying cause — poverty — can’t pull money and funding for education out of a hat. if the community does not support that, and in so many cases does not support schooling for females due to the religious dictate and so forth. making sure we don’t have any of our own citizens “buying” these children….. could start with that.

    also …the beginnings must involve THEIR parents in need of work and a living WITHOUT having had the education ….. right? so reducing to fair-pay and again our private sector that might as well be raping children, when they use low-wage rates in other countries to exploit the unprotected masses of those countries for the profit and gain of their industries. so while i liked the video, think it lacked a certain A to B ….

    • dragonkatet says:

      Those are some very good points, E. You’re absolutely right that the true responsibility has to come from those who have the power (and willingness) to change the way that education is viewed and dispensed. And yes, there is a definite need to change the necessity of having to work for low wage rates in order to survive (hmmm sounds kinda like America for awhile, doesn’t it?) – and until those in power (who have the money to change things) grow a heart and give up the addiction to greed (and/or under-aged sex with girls), the changes can’t/won’t be lasting ones.

      You’re right that the A to B is lacking and the problem/solution is over-simplified, but I also think that awareness is important. Maybe a wife of some rich company’s C.E.O. sees the video and then acts on what she sees. Or maybe a wealthy widow watches it and makes a large donation to help these women. In both cases, it will at least help someone temporarily, and it might not make a lasting difference, but to those it *does* help, it will matter. 🙂

  6. It’s good to see you back, dragon. This is such a well-wrought, but sad acrostic. Hopefully it will make the rounds.

  7. dragonkatet says:

    Thanks, Victoria. If it changes even one person’s life, then it will be worth it. 🙂

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