One of our readers and frequent commenters has written this poem for The Girl Effect Blogging campaign. We are ending our part of the campaign with this poem, “Silence Me.”
The Girl Effect, as stated in a previous post, is a wonderful charity. Their aim is to eradicate poverty and they believe this can be done through girls. I felt like writing a post about this to support the wonderful work and goal they are apart of.
Are women the key? Maybe they are. As a woman I would like to think that we are the key to solving poverty and eradicating the mistreatment and abuse of girls. Personally, I believe a single gender cannot be the key and men/boys are just as important in eradicating poverty and cruelty. Who are often the perpetrators of violence, child marriages and restricting women’s rights? Are men to blame? Men are not to blame because in many third world countries (and first world) there are negative role models (e.g. parents), obscure traditions and beliefs (men are superior to women, the boys grow up with this belief just like we may grow up with knowing the sky is blue) and often foreigners exploit the people and young children for their own, perverted gain; the adults in that society may see that as an opportunity to make some money to survive. Continue reading