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Letter to my Future Daughters

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Mis amores,
I sit here trying to imagine what you’ll be like. I wonder if you’ll take after me in any way, if you’ll share my passions and my dreams. I try to picture what the world will be like in ten, twenty, thirty years, and I see...I hope...for a world of limitless opportunity for men and women of all ages. But mostly, I hope for a world without violence, a world where you will never have to suffer for being you.

You see, I still live in such world. At this moment, I can’t say that men and women have taken up arms to fight and finally eradicate violence against women. Don’t despair, my daughters, for there are many, like your mother, who believe that such a world is possible, and not simply an ideal. But unfortunately, the time has not yet come.

I hear of the atrocities committed to women of all ages world-wide; atrocities which do not even bear mentioning. I still live in a world where a woman is told to avoid certain behaviour that makes her more prone to violence. And I have the misfortune of living in a country where 1 in 4 women will be raped in their lifetime.

So, my daughters, as I write this letter to you, I hope with every fibre of my being that someday, be it in my lifetime or in yours, enough people will wake up and refuse to let violence against women be the norm. I dream that one day, this issue, instead of being regarded as an insurmountable challenge, will be met with strength and unity and above all, hope. Because I want you, my future daughters, to live in a world where violence is a thing of the past; where your spirit will be free to soar with the highest clouds and you will never have to fear for your safety.

I know that this day will come. For you and for women all over the world. And I hope I can be there with you when it does.

With all my love,
Tu mamá

Comments

RosemaryC's picture

A powerful dream

Dreams and words are powerful....they hold passion, vision, determination, love, courage, strength. To say the words, "I have a dream...", is a powerful evocation.
Thanks for your words and your dream, Pilar - I, too, know that this day will come, and it will be because women were willing to dream such a world into existence and then work to make that dream a reality.
Blessings to you, Pilar, and to all the world's future daughters,
Rosemary

PilarAlbisu's picture

Thank you

Thank you, Rosemary, for taking the time to read my letter. I also believe that dreams are powerful, especially if many people can join efforts to fulfill a common dream. I know we will make it happen!

amirchima's picture

Ripple Effects

Hi Pilar,

Through your words I close my eyes and envision the world you speak of. I strongly believe in the ripple effects of change. One by one, we can change and turn your letter into a reality. Our movement towards this world are the words and visions that need to be continually shared, and one day, we won't need to close our eyes to see it.

Thank you so much for sharing your letter. :)

Amir

PilarAlbisu's picture

Thank you, Amir

Hi Amir,
Thank you for taking the time to read my post. I completely agree that the ripple effect of change can make huge differences! I know that through initiatives such as these, we can come into contact with people who share our vision and we can work to make our dreams a reality. Thank you again, Amir!

In solidarity,
Pilar

erinluhmann's picture

1/2 the Sky

Dear Pilar,

Your letter reminds me of a powerful Chinese proverb: "Women hold up half the sky." We need men to embrace women as their equals. But we also need women to assert their self-worth and be advocates for themselves and others. No matter where we're at on the path towards equality, your letter will serve as a powerful tool for self-reflection and civic discussion.

Best,
Erin

PilarAlbisu's picture

Thank you, Erin

Thank you for taking a look at my letter! I completely, agree with you and I really like that proverb. Women need to be their own advocates. The moment they realize the strength they possess, that's when real change will come! It's up to us to remind women how strong they truly are!

All the best,
Pilar

HOPE tOWELA's picture

Amazing

Pilar,

Your words are beyond measure, very powerfull , thank you so much, we need such women to help fight genda based violence. Let us all speak one voice.

God Bless You.

Hope.TMT

PilarAlbisu's picture

Thank you, Hope!

Hope,
Thank you for reading my letter! I am proud to raise my voice in defense of women everywhere. It is truly an honour and I believe, a duty.

Thanks again!
Pilar

ccontreras's picture

Gracias por compartir!!

Your letter to your daughters is beautifully composed and truly depict the world we are living in and how the conditions for women are in the world. Thank you for sharing with me! It has inspired me to write a similar letter to the children I hope to have one day. :-)

"I embrace emerging experience. I am a butterfly. Not a butterfly collector." - Stafford

PilarAlbisu's picture

Thanks!

I am so glad that my letter has served as a tool for your own self-reflection! We should never stop reflecting and most of all, we should never stop writing to bring change! It's such a powerful tool! Thank you for taking the time to read my letter!

All the best,
Pilar

fidelity's picture

wonderful letter

dear Pillar,.
your letter is a Soothing medicine to those who are hurting as result of violence against women, to those who believe in an equal society, those who believe in a just world and universal human rights . pillar I read it over and over again it's just inspiring. we truly share a vision. I run an NGO focusing on the right of women and economic empowerment. we can share a lot and bring to an end this heinous.
keep the candle burning and lets light the world. ...

fidelis

PilarAlbisu's picture

Thank you!

Fidelis,

I want to thank you for taking the time to read my letter. I am so inspired by all of the feedback and I'm thrilled to see how many people share our vision and dreams. It's up to all of us to keep the fight going!

Thank you again!

papycimanuka's picture

Hopefull dream

Hey Pillar,

By reading your letter, i have an impression that sooner or later this world will change. Unfortunately, it is still dominated
by selfishness and nastiness. If presidents and other leaders of this world were full of compassion, this world would change.

All the best.

papy

PilarAlbisu's picture

Thank you!

Hi Papy,
First, thank you for reading my letter, it really means a lot. And I'm glad you get that impression. I truly believe that one day the world will change. I truly believe there are enough of us who want to put an end to these horrors, enough of us who feel compassion. Together, we will make real changes!

All the best,
Pilar

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