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Because I Was Born a Girl

Speaking out from the Maldives, Amei raises her voice for the women who suffer in silence, and asks President Obama to pass IVAWA.

"In my small, close-knit island community, people never speak out about abuse and mistreatment. We only hear the whispers of our suffering elders."

Amei

Dear Mr. President and everyone who can make this happen,

I do not want another girl to grow up like me.

I do not understand these strong emotions that cripple my mind and body, and cause me pain beyond imagination. Yes, physical pain. Or why I have this desire to keep running for survival, not understanding why I am in danger.

As I write this letter, I feel my head become light. I feel warm tears in my eyes and tension in my throat. My mind wants to shut down. I don’t want to go through this pain. Is it my fault I was born a girl when people were waiting in hope for a boy? Is it my fault that others got all boys? Did I do something wrong?

I grew up blaming myself for everything that went wrong in my family.

Now I feel anger, pain, sadness, weakness, helplessness, hopelessness, and I feel like screaming to make sure you hear me.

Let me tell you Mr. President, in my small, close-knit island community, people never speak out about abuse and mistreatment. We only hear the whispers of our suffering elders. It is as if these abuses are to be endured as a normal part of a woman's life.

It is difficult for me to write this, but I promised myself I would write so that others do not have to suffer. Please endorse I-VAWA.

The women in the Maldives suffer in silence. The last study of domestic violence in my country took place in 2007 and the statistics of violence were extremely high. For a long time I felt I was the only one in trouble. The silence is so powerful that we bury the unwanted pain deep. We bury the pain, but always it comes back to haunt us. Please sign I-VAWA.

I want to express my feelings for the women who suffer silently. I want to convey my hope for a future where women can reach for peace in their minds and bodies. It is in your hands to make the International Violence Against Women Act a success.

I am raising my voice for the children and women of the Maldives. I have the responsibility to raise my voice. Mr. President, you are in a position of power as the leader of a great country and you have the power to represent my voice.

May God give you the strength and give you the wisdom to make the right decision.

Sincerely,

Amei
Male', Maldives

About 16 Days Campaign

This letter is part of a special campaign to support the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA). Throughout the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence (November 25 - December 10), World Pulse is partnering with Women Thrive Worldwide to gather women's testimonies from around the world. These letters will be bundled and sent directly to US President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and other key US senators, urging them to pass I-VAWA.

Comments

jadefrank's picture

giving voice

Dearest Amei,

Your letter speaks of great pain, of genuine pain, and of hope. Thank you for speaking out for the women of the Maldives, so they no longer suffer in silence, so that one day they are free to live empowered lives and know no suffering for their gender. So that one day, being born a girl will be an asset - will be celebrated and be a great symbol of hope and of freedom.

Thank you for writing this letter.

Love,
Jade

Zaisho's picture

Strength & Wisdom

Dearest Amei,

The Strength & Wisdom in your letter to Mr. President about your own pain that you have suffered your whole life and still touches my heart so deeply that i want to tell you that i too
have been writing letters on behalf of all women, & children, Women Act (I-VAWA). We all must do our part to make a change, for the better of the world. You are a special woman with a beautiful soul. There is no one like you my dear Amie, keep your spirits high and shine your light proudly, it reached me here and softened my heart of hearts to try that much harder for you, and others just like you needing to be helped by the Women Act (I-VAWA).

Keep the Faith there is Hope~

Many Blessings with Creative Love & Light,
Lisa Bull

"Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold / your own myth...." -- Rumi

"Illuminating the Light of Peace..." --LAMB

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