Jan 22

It takes an Army of Women – a Tribe of Women

Recently, through the gracious gift of Her Magazine, Daughters of Worth was able to be featured in this month’s edition and receive supportive exposure.  Though I am so very thankful for the opportunity to share about this organization and our hearts and mission for the girls of our communities…. I simply need to express that Daughters of Worth is simply not about one person.

Daughters of Worth is a collective group of women coming together to advocate for the girls of our communities.  To advocate for her.

Daughters of Worth…..

It’s not about one person, one county, one school or even one girl.

It’s about all of the girls.

The girls who have been pushed into corners and silenced by their loved ones.

It’s about the girls who have found their value in their assets or their worth in their appearance.

It’s about the girls who are being touched in ways  – in places – by people that they cannot stomach – and they have no way to get out.  They have no way to make it stop.

It’s about the girls who are told that they will not ever measure up – that their lives are insignificant.

It’s about the girls who are tormented in their classrooms and the ones who cut themselves behind closed doors.

It’s about the girls who find solace through the bottle, needle or pill because that is the only thing that they have found to numb the pain and escape the reality of their life.

It’s about the girls who don’t know when they will have their next meal and the ones who are purging their bodies to attempt to fit their self-made ideal.

It’s about the girls whose parents are in prison and the girls who have no clue who her parents even are.  It’s about the girls whose parents are in the very next room, but there is no connection at all.

It’s about the girls who fill their pillows with tears every night as they fall to sleep and the ones who lock their doors, clutching their knives in hand, praying that tonight – he won’t come in.

It’s about the girls who have been told repeatedly that there is no hope.

There is no way out.

There is no fairy tale ending.

It’s about the girls who dream of more.

Who hope that one day they can open their eyes and suddenly – somehow – they will be enough.

It’s about the girls who dream of love – real love – unconditional love – sacrificial love.

The kind of love that protects and safeguards.

The kind of love that you can trust.

It’s about the girls who simply need to know beyond doubt that their lives have value – that they matter – and that there is a place for them in this world.

Daughters of Worth exists for her.

It’s not bound by age or race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status.

Because the truth is…. every single girl needs to know that she is loved.  That she is treasured.  That she is cherished.  That she is wanted.  That she is beautiful.  That she is worth more.

And it takes more than one person or one board to advocate for these girls.

It takes an army of women – a tribe of women who are willing to stand by her side.

Who refuse to let her die.

Who refuse to sit in silence when she is sold out to pay for her family’s rent.

It takes an army of women – a tribe of women who are willing to be her voice.

When her lips have been sealed shut for many years.

It takes an army of women – a tribe of women who are willing to be her shield.

To protect her from being touched, ridiculed and shamed.

It takes an army of women – a tribe of women who are willing to fight for the lives of the girls of their communities – their daughters – their future brides – their future mothers – their future community leaders.

It takes an army of women – a tribe of women – who are willing to hold her up when she can no longer stand on her own.

It takes an army of women – a tribe of women – to bring the glimmer of light – of hope into the room when all she can see is the darkness that surrounds.

It takes an army of women – a tribe of women to fight for them – our girls – precious Daughters of Worth.

And for these beautiful, courageous, strong girls, I am willing to serve on the front lines of this war against our girls – to protect her cause – to give her hope – to let her know that she is loved.  Wanted.  Beautiful.  Precious.  Treasured.  Cherished.

That she is enough.

And we invite you to join this army of women – tribe of women who are passionate, driven, courageous and strong.  This army of women – tribe of women – who are simply not willing to allow our girls be defeated without a fight.

With them, we will stand as their advocate.  Their confidante.  Their friend.

We will march before them in the darkness until the light of day can be found.

We will not be silent.  They are worth more than that.

These are our precious daughters – and for them – this fierce tribe of women will fight.

Will you join us?

 

-Liz Liles, Founder –

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