At expat+HAREM we like to think of crossroads as places of opportunity. But if you're female in the emerging world, puberty is the crux of a lifetime. A time and a place where you can change your fortune. Your family's health. Your community's future. Or, as you cross from childhood to womanhood you can become the most vulnerable person.
Adolescent girls may seem unlikely agents of change since they're often removed from the public sphere when they head into puberty, without a record of their birth, citizenship -- or even their identity. They disappear without a trace.
How can such nonentities raise the standard of living for everyone around them? This video illustrates the pivotal realities faced by millions of 12-year-old girls. Please take 3 minutes to watch. If you can't see the video below you can see it here: http://girleffect.org/video
"Six hundred million 12-year-olds in developing nations are the world's greatest untapped solution to global poverty," declares The Girl Effect. And the most vulnerable girls have the power to make the largest contribution.
This realization is the shocking heart of The Girl Effect movement, a campaign made of thousands of smaller campaigns. expat+HAREM is proud to participate today in a Girl Effect blogging campaign leading up to Universal Children's Day on November 20.
The more people act to support a revolution of girls and young women around the world (like funding schooling and entrepreneurship, legal assistance, healthcare and job training and these Girl Effect programs in Latin America, the Indian subcontinent, and Africa), the faster we'll see the change girls can bring when they're on the path to their potential. The sooner their crossroads can be a place of power and opportunity and choice.
Are you involved in a Girl Effect project or campaign? Share it with us!
Causes Anastasia Ashman Supports
Vipassana Meditation Instruction (dhamma.org) Ashoka Organization of Social Entrepreneurs (ashoka.org)