Tuesday, 11 October 2011
The Girl Effect
I was reading PencilGirl's blog about the
The Girl Effect and decided to share it here:
I'm a girl yes I am still a girl even if I am a 48yr old woman
I went to school and got an education
I then decided to get married at the age of 22
I had 3 beautiful healthy daughters
I chose to be a full time mother
My health is good and when it's not I go to the doctors
I have a loving husband and a supportive family
I am a lucky woman......................
But life isn't the same for all girls. Consider this scenario.
* A girl- 12 years of age.
* Never been to school. Illiterate.
* No particular skills she's been trained in- except maybe to cook and clean.
* She's from a poor family, and viewed as an extra mouth to feed.
* She is married by the age of 14. She doesn't get to choose her husband, or even if she wants to
* Her husband may be tall or short, young or much much older than her, kind or violent.
* She get's pregnant. She's barely 15.
* She might die during childbirth.
* If she doesn't die, she ends up with a family to feed, and probably no source of income.
* She isn't qualified for a lot of jobs, and struggles to make ends meet.
* She might get forced into prostitution.
* She might get AIDS.
* Life isn't so good, is it?
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