By: Nikki W.
Healing, Storytelling and Girls’ Empowerment: Stand Up for Girls and Let them Speak! (Susan M. Blaustein, Huffington Post, 9/21/11)
It has been demonstrated over and over again that women’s wisdom feeds families and communities and environments, making them healthier, stronger, more resilient and less tendentious. Educated women live longer, earn more and have healthier, better educated children. It seems a no-brainer: investing in women and women-to-be is one of the most efficient expenditures possible. Why is this not our top-priority investment, as a nation, and in today’s world? What could be more efficient, delivering more bang for the buck, in the areas of child, maternal and family health, nutrition, safe water, environment and places of work, education, world peace? And what better way to start than by enabling girls worldwide, and their mothers, the opportunity to speak, and for us to hear their voices?