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In hope - to realise a dream

Mr President and everyone else who can make this happen :-)

I do not want another girl to grow up like me. (you would realise that I have grown up – God's will)

If any of you are reading this letter, think, why is that I do not understand the strong emotions that cripple my mind, body and cause me pain beyond imagination. Yes, physical pain. Why, I have this desire to keep running for survival and not understand why I am in danger. I feel mentally exhausted just expressing these in writing. My emotions confuses me to the extend I don't want to be known and I don't want to go through the pain I feel now, I mean now, when I am writing this letter to you.

I feel my mind torn apart. I feel my head light. I feel my mind wanting to shut down something, I feel warm tears in my eyes and feel the tension in my throat making breathing difficult..... Is it my fault to be born as girl when people where waiting in hope for a boy. Is it my fault that others got all boys. Did I do something wrong. I grew up blaming me for everything that went wrong in my family and others who had a connection with me. I am surviving but lost a lot through growing up.

I want you to know that I am putting hard effort to be useful and try to reach you and your government by writing to help the children and women a bit more by endorsing and signing I-VAWA. I feel anger, pain, sadness, weakness, helplessness, hopelessness and I feel like screaming from here to make sure you hear me. Let me tell you, Mr President, in a small close-knit island communities abuse and mistreats are things people never speak of. We only hear stories and whispers of the suffering elders. As if, abuses are to be endured as part of a woman's life. I am still scared to write about my unexplained state of emotions but I promised myself to write in hope that others do not have to suffer. Please endorse IVAWA.

The women in Maldives suffer all sorts of violence in silence. Hear me, there is only one good study done in 2007 on domestic violence in Maldives. One woman shares “...keeps beating me mercilessly, ….neighbours never try to stop him. ..they... watch the commotion... if I had help my injuries would be less.” I am concerned by the numbers of abuse occurring in Maldives. These numbers are extremely high in proportion to the population. Actually, in Maldives, I felt it was only me who was in trouble. The silence is so powerful that we bury the unwanted pain deep. The problem is the pain comes back haunting. Please sign IVAWA

I am taking this opportunity to express my feelings for the women who suffer silently. Further, to convey my hope for a future that women could reach for peace in mind and body. It is in your hands and power to make the International Violence Against Women Act a success.

Mr President, you are in a position of power as a leader of one great country and also you have the power to represent my voice. “Great power comes with great responsibilities” (such a cliche too) I heard this line from the friendly neighbourhood Spiderman. I loves Spiderman :-) I am raising my voice for the children and women of the nation named the Maldives. I have the responsibility to raise my voice for the women of silence.

Please do remember International enforcement of I-VAMA will have implications at national levels, specially when Maldives is continuously helped by International organisations. Please do put your PB (personal best) in this crucial matter. May God give you the strength and give you the wisdom to make the right decisions.

I will follow the news in hope :-) Wish you and everyone working to endorse I-VAMA all the best

Sincerely
Amei

Reference
http://www.searo.who.int/LinkFiles/Regional_Health_Forum_Volume_11_No_2_...
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vivian's picture

What a wonderful letter,

What a wonderful letter, speaking for the people 'I am raising my voice for the children and women of the nation named the Maldives'. You are here for your people.

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

Amei's picture

Thank you Vivian!

I was wondering should I speak for a nation. I thought what the h...! The leaders concerns are more to remain in power or gain power. Corruption has gone off the roof, drug issues further escalates the problem leading to violence and insecurity.

I love Maldives. It is a beautiful paradise yet so much painful people suffer in silence....

Thank you so much Vivian... You encouragement will keep me going :-)

Have great day, Amei

ikirimat's picture

More effort by various agencies

This is a genuine concern especially that women and children form the majority of the population. The research organization need to do further research and be able inform policy makers on the magnitude of the problem. There is need also for more advocacy work on the issues of women and child violence and abuses. Create coalitions and involve all stakeholders (women leaders, members of parliament, CSOs, media and community leaders among others)

In this way the top most leaders will heed.

Grace Ikirimat

"It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success."


Amei's picture

Yes! cannot agree more

We need to work together. Research is much required to effectively address issues of various nations. With diverse social structures it is hard to duplicate success projects in a similar way in all situation. In Maldives we need human resource and training. I do hope leaders do take serious action.

Thank you Grace

Amei

Nusrat Ara's picture

Dear Amei. Love the line 'I

Dear Amei.

Love the line 'I have the responsibility to raise my voice for the women of silence'. We are all in it together.

Keep writing.

Love

Nusrat

Amei's picture

Thank you Nusrat :-)

I believe I should not forget my responsibilities... It is the heart of my letter. Thank you for your encouragement.

Will keep writing :-)

Amei

Ruun Abdi's picture

Dear Amei, What a powerful

Dear Amei,

What a powerful letter you wrote...... am glad you became the voice of the many voiceless women/girls in Maldives. Our voices combined together i hope this Act will be passed and women all arround the world will benefit from it.

Warmest regards,
Marian

jadefrank's picture

IVAWA update

Dearest Amei,

Thank you for participating in the IVAWA letter writing campaign and for sharing your voice and your personal testimony with President Obama, Secretary Clinton, and members of the US Senate on the urgency of ending violence against women.

We sent copies of your letter in packages, along with your fellow PulseWire members', to these key decision makers, and I am excited to announce that on December 15, the International Violence Against Women Act was approved by the Foreign Relations Committee! Our voices were effective in supporting this bill!

Next step for the bill: Get passed by the Senate and House by the end of the year. I will keep you updated!

In friendship and solidarity,
Jade Frank

Online Community Manager
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