Before you do anything in life, be sure of yourself because when you are unsure of you, you will be unsure of what you are
Social Justice Team
Erin is the leader of the social justice team and shared with us the details of the International Womens Day event they had been celebrating that morning at school.
They had Mahboba Rawi, the founder of Mahboba’s Promise. As a young individual, Mahboba joined campaigns to fight for her rights to education, however, she was forced to flee Kabul because of the threat of imprisonment. She walked for several days to reach from one country to another to flee persecution. She later married and moved to Australia. It was the tragedy of losing her son in 1992 in Kiama at the Blowhole that triggered her desire to fight for the basic rights for children and women. Since then she has been successful in raising money and awareness for the girls of Afghanistan. With the help of her friend she was able to build the first school ever in Panjshir Valley, and also in the process of building another 12 schools around the region.
It is this school, Abdara Girls High that has become Erin and Ying Ying's sister school.
Topics covered were numerous...
Family expectations to have a boyfriend or partner to be complete or happy were clearly prevalent and an irritant. One of the comments made about adults relationships is that they felt they wanted to show us that you could be successful and happy without needing a man.
YingYing brought a delicate depth to the conversation when we talked about the difference between what is on the inside and what is on the outside. Make up can work on the outside but if what you don't like about yourself is coming from the inside make up is not going to work with that. She was adamant all the way through that we are ALL beautiful on the inside but as we discussed, the temptation to go into comparison does not celebrate that. Her quotes, and there were many :-) are ones to be treasured.
What progress have we made?
When I listened back to this section and I type up the list, there are many things we don't touch on but I realised how, as much as we talk about appreciating how far we have come, how insane is it that there was any separation in the first place? Completely illogical which is probably why Erin felt so cross about it. We were all right with her on that.
We spoke about the disparities that are still out there
There is always the stark realisation that what we take as normal others don't and vice versa. Equal is equal and the tenets of respect and choice is for all.
God / our mother and father made us a certain way,
Mothers offered a mixture of reflections. ALL were cherished but a few things stood out as being important reflections that young people wanted:
Beauty comes from within
There is so much pressure to get this right... the right photo and knowing the rules. It you don't get 20 likes in 20 minutes, take it down - although this time limit was shrunk to 5 likes in 5 minutes during the discussion! There were even tactics soon how to get support from friends over the photos posted!
A real sense of empowerment came from them all about how to claim themselves with things like clothes and make up. In fact make up was quite a hot topic - what is with that name 'Make-up'. It can be used to make yourself more attractive and appealing but they all agreed that as they got older they fell for that illusion less and less and reclaimed its use for themselves. As Sarah said "Make-up is fun" they all talked about not needing it to make up for anything but to help them express themselves.
You is smart,
A link to Mahbobas Promise can be found here
It is important to trust the little things you do in life can have enormous effect on another. Giving their sisters in Afghanistan an education means
A big thank you to Glorious Music for their music throughout the show. Both tracks come from the dance albums listen below. Check them out....title music is Groove Your Foundations and sting and closing music is Tango with Truth.
Lucy Dahill is the presenter of Stay in the Loop with Lucy, she has a passion for offering people the platform to share their voice. Young, old or somewhere in between we all have wisdom to share if we trust our hearts over our heads.