Be a woman who will change the world
Developing the right skills is the key to success for girls
“Once Upon a time, there was a princess expecting her prince to come.” If Malala Yousafzai was to wait for her prince to come and save her she wouldn’t be a role model, if Sabiha Gökçen and Mae Jeminson were only expecting a charming prince, they wouldn’t be as succesful in aviation and astronomy.
I would especially like to encourage young girls in my country. Turkey is one of the rare countries where men and women receive a similar salary. Unfortunately, today only 36 percent of women participate in the workforce. Being one of the first countries to give women the right to vote in 1934, it should help women have a more active role in the workforce and in society at large.
One of the keys to success is building skills. This is possible only if every young girl can focus on her talents and abilities without the fear of being judged by others.
If you are the only girl who wants to join the football club but you don’t dare because you are surrounded by boys on the football team – dare to do it, join the team! If you love ballet, but don’t think you are eligible to join a class – dare to, and take a place on that stage and perform your dance.
And of course... who should run the world? Girls! There is no rule that differentiates professions between women and men. So women are free to practice every single profession in the society.
But this is not sufficient, everyday, every hour, every minute, women all around the world are facing mobbing, sexual abuse, abusive comments and discrimination. Women are also being tunred down for some professions because of maternity leave. Women nowadays are still fighting against all of these inequalities.
That’s why, I would really like to encourage girls all around the world, to follow their dreams, to not let anybody discourage their skills, to break societal stereotypes, and to not wait for a prince to come and save them.
About the author: Dilara Uraz is a 19-year-old student from Ankara, Turkey. She currently studies at University of Bordeaux Montaigne, in Bordeaux, France. She is the Chief Editor of the Culture Committee at Tintamarre, an official student journal in Bordeaux published bi-monthly, and writes articles about culture. In her free time, she enjoys being around nature, walking in lavender fields and taking photographs.
The opinions reflected in this article belong to the author and do not necessarily represent the views of UNICEF.