The Girl Effect . . .

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Both images (the same person) are from National Geographic. The one on the left taken in 1984, the right in 2002, in Afghanistan.

The woman was interviewed in 2002. Here’s an excerpt:

Had she ever felt safe?

“No. But life under the Taliban was better. At least there was peace and order.”

Had she ever seen the photograph of herself as a girl?

“No.”

She can write her name, but cannot read. She harbors the hope of education for her children. “I want my daughters to have skills,” she said. “I wanted to finish school but could not. I was sorry when I had to leave.”

Education, it is said, is the light in the eye. There is no such light for her. It is possibly too late for her 13-year-old daughter as well, Sharbat Gula said. The two younger daughters still have a chance.

This is a story repeated far too often in our world but there is strong reason for hope!

One among many reasons for hope is a site called The Girl Effect and I can’t urge you strongly enough to click that link and at least watch the really awesome video !

Here is a PDF file of their Fact Sheet and here’s an excerpt from that Fact Sheet:

The Ripple Effect

• When a girl in the developing world receives seven or more years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children.

• An extra year of primary school boosts girls’ eventual wages by 10 to 20 percent. An extra year of secondary school: 15 to 25 percent.

• Research in developing countries has shown a consistent relationship between better infant and child health and higher levels of schooling among mothers.

• When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90 percent of it into their families, as compared to only 30 to 40 percent for a man.

Population Trends
• Today, more than 600 million girls live in the developing world.

Girls Count !

Here are two videos from their site:

19-year-old Shumi from Bangladesh

18-year-old Addis from Ethiopia

“The world of humanity has two wings — one is women and the other men. Not until both wings are equally developed can the bird fly. Should one wing remain weak, flight is impossible. Not until the world of women becomes equal to the world of men in the acquisition of virtues and perfections, can success and prosperity be attained as they ought to be.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 288

As long as women are prevented from attaining their highest possibilities, so long will men be unable to achieve the greatness which might be theirs.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 133

And, The Winners Are . . .

The winners are…

Everyone who posted a comment about [ what they saw in ] this picture from the post two days ago.

Thing is…

Anyone can do this with any picture I post. Your impressions and feelings are the other half of why I blog…

The winner’s comments below { there’s even a short play down there! }:

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    Laughter is God’s sunshine, with a Gentle impression of Love from a child of innocence in spirit, mind, and body !

    Comment by Catherine — @ 2:09 pm –> | May 28, 2008

    Thank You Love, for being Here Now!I experience God intimately by embracing ALL of life lovingly!

    Comment by Amarendra<!– @ 3:04 pm –> | May 28, 2008

    Thanks for drawing my bath honey. What would I do without you?

    Comment by Alexys Fairfield<!– @ 4:44 pm –> | May 28, 2008

    Unconditional Love.

    Comment by Paul<!– @ 5:49 pm –> | May 28, 2008


    Mmmmm…. nothing like the smell of wet dog.

    Comment by Sophia | May 28, 2008 <!– @ 8:24 pm –> |


    Man’s best friend is his dog; but a dog’s best friend is his kid!

    <!– @ 3:08 am –Comment by Marilyn Higgins | May 29, 2008


    “Don’t tell mom the water’s still running!” or“When are you coming in? The water’s so cool!”
    <!– @ 11:12 am –Comment by Maggie | May 29, 2008

    Nothing like a bubble bath and the company of your best friend to end the night:~)

    Comment by Brandi<!– @ 2:16 pm –> | May 29, 2008


    NOTE: The dog’s leg creeping into the tub (by the boys hand).

    Little boy: “Ooooh, I love you so much.”

    Dog: Wags tail.

    Little boy: Looks around quickly then says, “Hey, come on in the tub. Quick! Mom’s not looking. Ssshhh, don’t splash so much. Gosh you’re BIG, move over! Ooow, your claws are scratching my leg. Move over some more.

    Little boy: Pushes dog away a bit

    Dog: Looks dejected: (

    Little Boy: Looks at dog and says, “Aaaw, that’s okay. We can both fit in here. I’ll make room for you, ’cause you’re my bestest ever friend in the whole world.”

    Dog: Licks boy’s face and wags his tail, splashes water and suds everywhere.

    Little boy: Giggles and wraps his arms around the dog’s neck.

    “Luv in the Tub.”
    You can’t beat it! )

    RainforestRobin
    http://www.nakedineden.com

    <!– @ 3:38 pm –> Comment by rainforestrobin | May 29, 2008

Your Turn . . .

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What does that picture “say” to you? Could you write a caption for it? How about a short paragraph explaining what you see happening? What about a short story? Well, it’s your turn !

I did this a month or so ago and it seemed like the right time to try it again.

I hope you’ll take this mild challenge: write a phrase, sentence, paragraph, or story about that picture. Post it in the Comments, and I’ll post all the comments day-after-tomorrow.

I normally post every day but I’ll extend this post’s lead to give you a chance to crank up your creativity !

Our Children Must Have PEACE !

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“The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until

its unity is firmly established.”

Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 286


Highlighting the crying need for peace, especially for our children, is this quote from OneWorld.Net’s article, “International Efforts ‘Still Failing’ Child Soldiers.

“Existing strategies have not had the desired impact. If further progress is to be made, it must be recognized that child soldiers are not only an issue for the child rights specialists, but should be on the agendas of all those involved in conflict prevention and resolution, peace-building and development,”

In spite of the dire circumstances affecting our hearts and minds, there is a deep and lasting hope that’s much more than a pipe dream:

“The Great Peace towards which people of good will throughout the centuries have inclined their hearts, of which seers and poets for countless generations have expressed their vision, and for which from age to age the sacred scriptures of mankind have constantly held the promise, is now at long last within the reach of the nations. For the first time in history it is possible for everyone to view the entire planet, with all its myriad diversified peoples, in one perspective. World peace is not only possible but inevitable. It is the next stage in the evolution of this planet—in the words of one great thinker, “the planetization of mankind”.

“Whether peace is to be reached only after unimaginable horrors precipitated by humanity’s stubborn clinging to old patterns of behaviour, or is to be embraced now by an act of consultative will, is the choice before all who inhabit the earth. At this critical juncture when the intractable problems confronting nations have been fused into one common concern for the whole world, failure to stem the tide of conflict and disorder would be unconscionably irresponsible.”

From The Promise of World Peace ~ Download Word Doc or PDF

“If the learned and worldly-wise men of this age were to allow mankind to inhale the fragrance of fellowship and love, every understanding heart would apprehend the meaning of true liberty, and discover the secret of undisturbed peace and absolute composure.”

Bahá’u’lláh