Do you imagine her...
- Living in poverty?
- Being married by the time she's 14?
- Being pregnant at 15?
- Selling her body to support her family?
- Being HIV Positive?
This is the reality for many 12 year old girls that live in poverty. They have no choice about who they can marry. They are impregnated often against their will. They are faced with no options for making money to feed their children. So, they use their bodies and sell them to make sure their kids can eat. Then they get HIV. Then they die. And the cycle continues.
But it doesn't have to be that way. The Girl Effect is a powerful movement to bring our attention to this problem and more importantly to the solution.
Watch this short, powerful video to learn more.
I learned about this movement a while back and my attention was brought back to it this week by Tara Sophia Mohr, a coach, writer and speaker who helps women find their true calling and works to amplify women's voices. She started a Girl Effect Blogging Campaign, asking women to post an entry this week about the Girl Effect. I had to do my part to bring more attention to this movement. We can make a difference - one woman at a time.
At 12, most of us reading this blog (and this woman writing it!) were happy, healthy kids with parents that had enough money to educate us, keep us safe and help us get what we needed. We were able to choose who we married and when. We had access to birth control so we could choose when and if we wanted babies. We also had access to education about HIV and learned what it meant to protect ourselves.
As women, mothers, sisters, grandmothers, daughter, leaders and citizens - let's do something about this! Let's be part of the solution.
For more facts - read this fact sheet.