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To all the girls unseen, this is for you. Today – and forever.

Women hold up half the sky. Chinese Proverb - PositivelyUnconventional.com

To the one in seven girls in the developing world who will be married before the age of fifteen:

I see you.

International Women's Day - The Girl Effect via Positively Unconventional

To the approximate 19 teenage girls who are married every minute (10 million a year):

I see you.

International Women's Day - The Girl Effect via Positively Unconventional

To the child brides who have twice the pregnancy death rate than women in their 20s:

I see you.

International Women's Day - The Girl Effect via Positively Unconventional

To the estimated one-third of girls in the developing world married before the age of 18:

I see you.

International Women's Day - The Girl Effect via Positively Unconventional

To the girls from poor families who are nearly twice as likely to marry before 18 than girls from wealthier families:

I see you.

International Women's Day - The Girl Effect via Positively Unconventional

To all the girls unseen in the world, I see you not only on International Women’s Day,

but tomorrow, the next and the next…

Today.

And forever.

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International Women's Day - The Girl Effect via Positively Unconventional

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When you read these statistics, who do you see?

Do you see your sister? Your aunt? Your mother? Your niece? Yourself?

Do you see these girls as hopeless? Left behind? Unloved?

Or do you see these girls as the future of this world?

Do you see these girls as separate, far away, untouchable?

Or do you see these girls as you would see yourself?

Always lovable.

Always beautiful.

Always worth the effort.

Do you see her?

She is you.

Today.

And forever.

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In a big, giant world, it’s easy to feel separate. If you’re trying to do some good, it’s easy to feel like what you’re doing isn’t enough. Like you won’t make enough impact. I know I’ve struggled with feeling like what I’ve done and what I’m doing just isn’t enough. That I won’t ever get my chance to truly make my mark.

But, you see, you can make an impact.

How?

By sharing this post with someone who might be interested in learning more about social justice, or with someone who has no idea about the human right’s violations happening in developing countries.

You can make an impact by learning and investing your time and attention into causes around the world and in your own community.

You can make an impact by seeing these girls as you would see yourself, or any of the women in your life: as beautiful human beings, deserving of love and compassion.

And although you may never meet any of them face to face, if you at least try to learn and understand the suffering and horror these girls go through… if you give them a voice by using your own… if you see them not as hopeless, but as change agents for the future, you will have done enough.

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Thank you for reading this far. Your attention is greatly appreciated – not only to me, but for the millions of girls across the world who desperately need someone not only to speak up for them, but for the girls waiting to be seen by the world.

Click to Tweet or use the Facebook, G+ and Twitter buttons below to share with your network of choice.

Thank you for seeing the world within yourself.

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To learn more about the above statistics and photos, head to The Girl Effect.

 
 

4 Comments

  1. Jenysha

    Very inspiring post. Tears. Thank you.

    • Kristen

      thank YOU for being a part of it. Love you.

  2. Hi, Kristen. It is too easy to forget about the invisible people of the world. I’m guilty of this as well but thank you for the reminder. Hopefully, the world will one day never forget again.

    • Kristen

      Thanks for being here, Vincent!

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