Best Hope For A Better World. Girl Rant.
by Major Danielle
Who runs the world? Well, Beyonce would tell
us it’s girls but those of us who know the statistics realize
a grimmer reality. Girls around the world face the harsh
realty of inequality every single day. They are less likely to
go to school and more likely to be married against their wills
and WAY BEFORE they should and without their consent. Read
more about this global situation here.
The public outcry regarding Donald Trumps’
recent remarks of ‘casual’ sexual assault and the virtual
dismissal by men in our own western culture as ‘locker room
banter’ re-emphasizes just how deep this issue goes. 1 in 6
girls face sexual assault in America – and I’ve a hunch that
number is much lower than it should be. Many of those assaults
go unreported because of shame and fear. The global stats are
1 in 3 women who have experienced sexual assault. Those
statistics should awaken us to the reality of what girls face
growing up in a world that continues to remain inequitable.
And let me be clear about it – THIS WILL NOT
This will not do if we want a better world.
It has been proven in countries all around the world that when
girls and women are given equal opportunities it benefits the
entire community. EVERYONE gets better when girls are given
better opportunities. Mohammad Yunis (Nobel peace prize
recipient and founder of the grammeen bank) will only lend to
women because of the incredible return on investment, not just
to the bank but to the whole community. He believes empowering
girls and women is the secret to defeating extreme poverty.
This will not do if we call ourselves
Christians. One of the most reprehensible things I hear are
Christians who consider that inequality is a God-like
characteristic. This could not be farther than the truth.
Women were created by God in His image. They were charged to
‘co-steward’ the earth as leaders of an emerging world. They
were created with every Divine intention of representing God
on the earth – not through fear or control, but through
creative empowerment, through sustaining life in all its
fullness. Sin brought a curse that resulted in the domination
of women and the breaking of the original intention God had
for the entire created order. But thanks be to God for Jesus,
who by His suffering and death, broke the curse and brought
freedom for anyone who was captive to its power. We are FREE,
in Christ, to be all that God had originally intended us to
be. Christians should be SHOUTING the news that equality is
part of God’s intended plan. Get more informed at this site if
you need to catch up!
This will not do if we are HUMAN. To be
human is to be free. We were literally woven together with
equality in our fabric. Our freedom was so important to the
one who created us that even though it cost Him everything
when we used our freedom against His plans, He still made us
free. We were not born to be slaves. None of us. No one – not
even from a different culture, color, racial heritage,
different religion or another gender – no one was born to be a
slave. We were made equal. It was by design. And if you want
to live YOUR BEST LIFE… the version of yourself that was
dreamt about. It will not be achieved through bullying,
sexism, dominating, raping, shaming, or fear. True humanity is
celebrated through EQUALITY.
So, what will do? Equality. Let’s start with
a celebration of all that God has dreamt for GIRLS all over
the world. Let’s let them know, by the way we speak, talk,
campaign, dream, and fight for them that they were created to
be free. Equality is in their blood. Tell a girl she is
strong, capable, powerful, able, smart, and incredibly
important to the world. We need all our girls to have a
future. If you are a dreamer of a better world – then this is
something you will need to get involved with. Even if you just
begin by confronting the power of inequality in your own
community, family, relationships, and churches – let’s get
this done… it’s our best hope for a better world.
I’ve written a book called The Liberating
Truth: How Jesus Empowers Women.