Christiane Amanpour wrote a fantastic letter to girls and women of the world. It is truly a letter for both men and women to take notice of. Girls and women experience acts of inequality in all corners of the world, from lower wages to not being allowed to choose who and when to marry. Every day, I find myself questioning exactly how this still exists! I speak from a position of gratitude because I live in a country where women are provided many opportunities to seek education and succeed in life. Regardless of whether we live in a country with greater or fewer opportunities and rights, it is important to take note of the forms of oppression that do exist in the lives of all women.
Women should have the right to go to school, to marry or not to marry, to work, to bear or not to bear children, to dress how we wish etc., and all of this should be without criticism, judgment or harassment. It seems so simple yet the power imbalance that exists throughout the world is astonishing, and this keeps women from thriving. In her letter Amanpour writes about communities and even countries who have, on some level, provided opportunity and empowered women. She discusses the world-wide benefits of allowing women the freedom to establish themselves within their communities.
Here is the link to the letter: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/16/world/amanpour-girl-rising/index.html