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To be the Change I want to See

In my submission last week, I had ended the note in my journal with a small glimpse at my ambition. My life vision is to see a world that is beset with gender equality, and until then, the fire in my stomach will remain burning. My life vision is to see my goal achieved, and therefore my efforts for this global crusade for gender equality becoming redundant. I want to do this through three ideas, some of which are already in the process of becoming a reality.

My first endeavour is to be a storyteller, a voice, and a conduit between the unheard and the discerning listeners of the world. I want to be able to narrate the stories of oppressed women, women who have suffered discrimination and abject deprivation, to the world that may otherwise not know of their stories. I want to share with the world the stories of women who have fought back against difficulties and adversities, emerging like the proverbial phoenix does from its ashes. To do this, I hope to kick-start an organisation that I have chosen to call the Red Elephant Foundation. I hope to have volunteers to come together, to meet and speak to women who have stories to tell, and to actually tell these stories through this organisation. I choose to call it the Red Elephant, because Red is a colour that is used to make you remember something, and Elephants have great memory. That’s what I want these stories to be: to be things you never forget, and things that you remember always, to make change happen.

My second aspiration is to be able to take to young girls, inspirational stories of women who were ordinary girls to start with, but made it big because of their sheer grit and determination. I want young girls to see that they have a place in this world: and that no matter what people may tell them, they always “hold up half the sky” as the most recent way of speaking expresses this beautiful truth of equality. I want young girls to look up to the world’s greatest role models and to learn and evolve, and to look adversity in the eye and say, “Move over, buddy, I’m going to change the world!” To this end, I’ve taken on a project of my own to interview around 40 or 50 women across the world: these are women who I personally adore, admire and really, REALLY love. I hope to self-publish this book, and get as many girls in the world as possible to read it.

My third goal is the one that’s in my mind more than on paper or in action and that was where I left off in my last post: a school for little girls. I hope to open a school for young girls, to start with, in my city, and with the help of a network of devoted women, across the world. I hope to light the candle of empowerment by sharing the flame of the great joy of education. Just a couple of girls in each city, and different batches of classes, and we can see a tidal wave of change.
I would like to be a Voices of Our Future Correspondent because of all the goodness that my endeavours can derive from it. I won’t lie about my selfish motives: I want to be a part of the movement that World Pulse can give me, to help me get my voice on these three platforms out there to the world. I am the voice of our future, and I want to just live that. An inspiring friend of mine called Dominique Vidale-Plaza, taught me that all truth is actionable. And to make that truth actionable, one should not be afraid to uncover those truths. I want to be the change that I want to see, as Mahatma Gandhi had put it so beautifully in his words. My hope is to be able to do that: uncover the truths and make them actionable and to be the very change that I want to see. That is what I hope to derive out of the Voices of Our Future program.

This story was written for World Pulse’s Girls Transform the World Digital Action Campaign.

World Pulse believes that women's stories, recommendations, and collective rising leadership can—and will—bring girls greater access to education which will transform their lives, their families, and communities. The Girls Transform Campaign elicits insightful content from young women on the ground, strengthens their confidence as women, and ensures that influencers and powerful institutions hear their stories.
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Rebecca R's picture

A book for girls!

Ah kirthijay,

You just took me back years. I was a little girl and I liked to read. My favorite book was "Sixty Saints for Girls". I can tell you that if there was ever a book that formed me, it was that one. I therefore wish you very good luck with your book. You will change many little girls' lives with those stories. I am certain of that.


kirthijay's picture

Thank you SO much Rebecca! It

Thank you SO much Rebecca! It feels lovely to have such wonderful encouragement from such amazing women like you!

MyrtleG's picture

Your voice inspire

I appreciate your zest for wanting to start a teaching initiative for girls. I am interested in strategies to improve learning and development aspects of education in my country; and on reading your post ,realize that it is possible. Your vision is an actionable one in so many ways. Thank you for sharing it with us. I hold the torch with you. Myrtle

Myrtle Adams-Gardner

kirthijay's picture

Thank you Myrtle! I know that

Thank you Myrtle! I know that the flame will glow brighter, with your support!

Maya Norton's picture

"All truth is actionable." I

"All truth is actionable." I love that.

May you go from strength to strength, Kirthijay.

~ Maya

kirthijay's picture

Thank you SO much Maya <3 <3

Thank you SO much Maya <3 <3

Precious M's picture

Very ambitious

You are a very ambitious young lady. I love the idea of interviewing several women around the world. May your dreams become reality.


My pen speaks

kirthijay's picture

Thank you so much Precious <3

Thank you so much Precious <3 <3

Stacey Rozen's picture

Good idea!

What a great idea to collect stories of amazing women role models, Kirthijay. Don't loose sight of that goal. Make it happen! I look forward to reading your book and would share it abundantly with the girls I work with.


kirthijay's picture

Thank you SO much Stacey! I

Thank you SO much Stacey! I am really, really grateful! <3

Lylinaguas's picture

A School for Young Girls!

I love that idea! You are so full of energy and spirit. Keep going Kirthi. You will achieve all your goals. It only takes perseverance and patience. You certainly already have the talent.:) Best of luck!


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Sulo39's picture

Great Ideas

Its great to have very clear goals set for yourself. I wish you all the best in your endeavours to achieving them!


kirthijay's picture

Thank you so much dear

Thank you so much dear friend! <3 <3


First of all, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your piece about your visions and hopes for the future! You are truly an inspiration and model for young girls around the world! Kirthi, you are a storyteller “a conduit” as you beautifully put it – you use the English language so effectively when writing your pieces to retell stories of your experience and those of other women. I think putting together a compilation of inspirational stories of women’s experiences is such a brilliant idea! It will give hope, courage and faith to other girls, boys and women who are victimized. Finally, You are the change that you wish to see in the world and if the great Gandhiji was alive he would be very proud of you! You are more than capable of making a school for young girls, just as you are more than capable of making all of your dreams come true!

Much love & respect xoxoxo

kirthijay's picture

Oh my! Saving Angel, you

Oh my!

Saving Angel, you really, really moved me to tears. My eyes are brimming even as I write this - thank you, thank you for your faith, for your love, and for just being there for me. I am so, so grateful, dear friend. REALLY <3 <3 <3 <3

Chinemu's picture

You are an inspiration

Great piece, you are an inspiration, I love the idea of interviewing women role models to motivate girls, there is nothing that can change the world than education, every change starts with education and as Nelson Mandela puts it
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Keep your fire burning

kirthijay's picture

Thank you SO Much Chinemu.

Thank you SO Much Chinemu. This means a LOT to me <3

SallyB's picture

Red Elephant

I love the Red Elephant idea and I think the book and the story-telling organization could easily go hand-in-hand. I hope to read your book someday soon!

kirthijay's picture

Thank you SO much Sally <3 <3

Thank you SO much Sally <3 <3 <3 <3

Rebecca Andruszka's picture

thank you

Thank you for your lovely piece. You are bursting with great ideas! I hope that we here on World Pulse can help support you to make them a reality.

kirthijay's picture

Thank you so much Rebecca! <3

Thank you so much Rebecca! <3 I really love your kind encouragement and am really looking forward to the realisation of OUR dream!

Your enthusiasm and dedication is apparent. You write very well and have a way with words that holds attention of the reader, which is key.

You will reach your goals and more! Good luck to you.


kirthijay's picture

<3 thank you SO much!

<3 thank you SO much!

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