1. They are beautiful, wonderful, talented, clever, funny.
2. Beauty is inside as well as out.
3. They can do anything they want (within reason).
4. They will have to work for anything they want.
5. Their opinion is as valuable as anyone else’s.
6. It’s ok to make mistakes as long as you learn from them.
7. You don’t have to be perfect.
8. Life isn’t always fair.
9. Women should support each other and not criticise.
10. They should find out for themselves what something or someone is like before they judge.
11. It’s better to regret something you’ve done than something you haven’t done.
12. Treat others as you would wish to be treated.
13. Girls can be funny.
14. Girls shouldn’t be judged by their appearance.
15. Girls can be firemen or doctors or big city bosses.
16. You can get married if you want, to whoever you want. Or not. It’s your choice.
17. Not everyone has that choice. 10 million girls are forced into marriage every year.
18. You can choose to have children. Or not.
19. If you have children, you can decide whether you want to stay at work, stay at home with them or somewhere in between.
20. You should have children only when you are emotionally and physically ready for it.
20. No one is allowed to touch you in a way you don’t like.
21. Girls can be vulnerable. Learn to protect yourself.
22. We should stand up for people who don’t have a voice themselves.
23. Everyone should be treated equally regardless of race, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender.
25. I will always love them.
This is my post for the International Day of the child. This is a day to raise our voices for girls around the world. A day to call for an end to child marriage.
Join us in taking a stand against child marriage by blogging, tweeting or sharing a link on Facebook using the stories provided. As we fight for global action to tackle this issue your voice strengthens these efforts, amplifying our call to your readers, your friends and your community.
If you’re a blogger:
- Write about child marriage on your blog in honour of #dayofthegirl, asking your readers to add their voice or sponsor a girl to help put an end to child marriage.
- Add the link code above right to be featured on our website and amplify the call.
- Tweet us at @WorldVisionPR or @KaylaERobertson to let us know.
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- Follow @WorldVisionUK and @WorldVisionPR and World Vision’s facebook page for news and stories on #childmarriage. Share, RT and add your voice
Sponsor a girl:
- Sponsoring a girl provides girls and their communities with education and support to empower them to take a stand against child marriage.