Take a look below at this wonderful talk by Lehmah Gbowee, a Liberian peace activist.
Leymah is an extraordinary woman who is working tirelessly on behalf of women and girls around the world. Her message is simple: every girl has a wish, a dream for a better life, and we can all be part of this journey to help that girl unlock her potential to become a leader.
Leymah reminds me of the warmth of Africans, their beautiful smiles, and desire to make a foreigner like me feel welcome wherever I went. In Leymah, I see sheer vitality and passion. I fall in love with the huskiness of her voice and I am once again nostalgic for my life in Malawi so many years ago. Like Leymah, I was only one person, trying to make a difference in the lives of the boys I taught. Only a handful “got it”, passed their exams and went on to University. And for those who failed, I don’t know, maybe they went back to lives they were hoping to escape, back to their villages to help their families in the fields.
I admire Leymah for her life’s work: her desire and efforts to “unlock great leaders” in girls.
But it is discouraging to hear Leymah talk about the horrible things that are happening to women and girls around the world.
And yet…and yet… I feel hopeful. Messages like Leymah’s are being spread through the internet, social media, and venues like TED, fueling awareness, and hopefully, action.
What can we do as individuals? Share this video, talk to your friends, colleagues, neighbors, read some more, and volunteer for organizations that are working on causes near and dear to your heart.