I am apologising again…consistency is not my strong point! The truth is, that fear has had a hold of me. I have allowed it to get in the way of allowing me to tred the next logical step towards realising my childhood dream…to live and work as an artist.
Well, I am here. I’ve turned up and I am blogging. What brought me back spontaneously and before I was ‘ready’? What is the title of this post about?
Something very, very important at a humanistic level, a heart level and a social consciousness level. The basic right to education…for all…wherever you are in this beautiful world.
I am touched, I am angered. NO! Make that outraged, that women and young girls are still being controlled, oppressed and restricted in their rights! Treated as less than! Their freedom taken from them. Who has the right to take away any persons freedom…to violate them in any way? It has to stop and the only way it can is through awareness, then action.
Hundreds of young girls in Nigeria taken forcibly and abducted just because they were in school, getting an education! This was a threat to some people. Why? Because girls/women can transform their society. Through education, through knowledge, through wisdom. Through all these things combined with a deep universal truth, compassionate hearts, strength unyielding; women have the ability and desire to make our world a better place for all. Some, do not wish for this to happen. They are too rooted in and controlled by their own ego; operating out of impulse-driven, base desire for control and domination; using aggression, fear, intimidation and oppression.
Times are changing and women will largely be the main driving force behind major social changes on the planet.
To achieve this, we all need to rise up and speak as one. Be fearless in our fortitude and knowing of what is right and good. Love has to drive all motivation and intention.
So for this reason, upon hearing of what has transpired in Nigeria; because I feel incredibly grateful for my education, for my fortunate life…I felt compelled to reach out and play a part in helping these girls (and their mothers) and future daughters, in some way. ‘Girl Rising’ is for our children and for their future. Along with many other artists, I am participating in an online art auction #bringbackourgirls to raise funds to be donated to ‘Girl Rising’ and to help create awareness of the situation in Nigeria and for women and girls everywhere.
I have donated a piece…this one…
‘Love Yourself More’ Art Reproduction Print (you can bid on my print here: http://www.32auctions.com/organizations/14232/auctions/15802/auction_items/349050 ) and I have also bid, on other artwork as well. I would love for you to do the same if you are able.
To find out more about Girl Rising, go here: http://girlrising.com/nigeria-action/
You can find more information about #bringbackourgirls and the importance of girls’ education at: http://www.unfpa.org/gender/empowerment2.htm; http://girlrising.com/about-us/index.html#why-girls; http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/11/opinion/sunday/kristof-whats-so-scary-about-smart-girls.html?_r=0 ** An important read **
I will pop back soon to post more links to the many talented artists who have participated and in particular, the artist who got it off the ground… Jessica Sporn.
The auction finishes on the 17th May. Go to it, for the good of all!
Thanks for taking the time to read this post and please share it if you feel moved to do so.
All the best.