March is a special month because it is the month we celebrate International Women’s Day and the history of women. This month is a tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to the planet have proved invaluable to society. Women have achieved many great things but we still have great hurdles to jump through. Granted there’s a lot we can be proud of when it comes to advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls everywhere. But the truth of the matter is, that we still have so much more to do. For example women around the world still don’t have equal pay and gender inequality is evident in 2015 and the list goes on…
I recently watched “India’s Daughter” a film directed by Leslee Udwin, about Jyoti Singh, a 23-year-old medical student medical student who was gang raped on a bus by a group of men back in 2012 Delhi, India . The film highlights the mindset and mentality towards women in this country. Although we know very well this is not the only place in the world where women are still being oppressed. It was definitely an eye opener for me. Watching with my own eyes how they spoke of women in this film was heart breaking and infuriating and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since.
This post is dedicated to Jyoti Singh, and her parents Asha Devi and Badrinath Singh. Her bravery for fighting back speaks volumes and our prayers are with you.
Education is the only way we are going to break these kinds of barriers. (LET’S SAVE OUR WOMEN)
Thank you Leslee Udwin for have the courage to make this film!
Here is a quote from, Freida Pinto ” The shame is not admitting the existence of such violence, the shame is in the crime and not speaking out.”
Encourage your daughters at an early age to be confident, steer them towards education to better prepare for this world.
Where you can you find information film? http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c898.shtml
Helping to prepare girls realize the world is within their reach is the YWCA. Check the link below for details.
2015 Girls Conference, for Girls Ages 11-18
Great Expectations: Helping Girls Realize their Potential
Saturday, March 21st
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Fairleigh Dickinson University
100 University Plaza, Hackensack, NJ
Our Girls Conference, Great Expectations, will focus on how young women can break down barriers that society has built around them, and highlighting the important roles that women play in our community. The day will feature keynote speaker Charlotte Samuels of Ridgewood, graduate of the YWCA Early Learning Center and youngest person to complete the Triple Crown of open-water swimming in the world. Workshops for girls and adults will focus on acceptance, media literacy, healthy lifestyles, the environment and preparing for college. Performances by the Teaneck Terpsichoreans and Reflections, and an interactive drum circle will round out the day.
Click here for more information and Conference Timeline. Pre-registration is required. $10 per girl age 11 to 18 and $15 per parent/guardian. Breakfast and lunch included. Click here to register for Great Expectations.