by Allie Marie Smith
March 8th marks International Women’s Day, “a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.”
Women are proven world-changers and single-life influencers.
We are daughters and sisters, girlfriends and mentors, future wives and moms; ministers, educators, volunteers, business women, and social change agents.
But something tragic is happening. Too many of us don’t know our value and are broken and bent-over from life:
- Up to 20% of girls age 10-19 are experiencing episodes of major depression
- Roughly 1 in 3 women will have an abortion 1 in 4 will be sexually abused before the age of 18
- As many as 10 million girls and women are fighting a life and death battle with an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia
- Only 2 % of women describe themselves as beautifulIn 2005, about one-tenth of all teenage girls tried to end their lives
- The prevalence of self-injury among teenage girls and young women is rising dramatically
Unless our generation of girls discovers and walks in our true value, we’ll never be able to effectively influence the world, our community or our neighbors.
If America wants to help solve the social and economic problems facing women both globally and locally, I suggest she invest more in the lives of the girls on her home-front. Amazing things happen when a girl knows her value in Christ.
Just read the stories behind causes like 31 Bits, Mercy Ministries, International Princess Project, Love Your Flawz, and Sseko Designs or watch the following stories of just a few of the girls in Wonderfully Made:
My hope is WM will be a movement of everyday girls doing extraordinary things for God because they know their true identity & purpose.
In honor of International Women’s Day, will you consider supporting Wonderfully Made?