8M: Letter to all girls in the region

Singer Denise Rosenthal talks about creating "Safe Water" and dedicates a heartfelt message to the girls of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Denise Rosenthal
Denise Rosenthal
UNICEF LACRO/2022
04 May 2022

Dear girls of Latin America and the Caribbean:

I am writing to you on this new commemoration of International Women's Day, crossing time and space, thinking about how you must be, how you feel, how you are continuing to build your dreams, and from which countries you will be reading this.

Niña indígena con un micrófono en la mano.
Video UNICEF LACRO
Niña lavando los platos.
Video UNICEF LACRO

A few months ago, we launched a special version of "Safe Water" with the UNICEF Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean.  This song was and is very important to me, especially because I wrote it at a very emotionally challenging time for me. Through the melodies and words, my heart began to heal little by little.  Every time I listen to it, I feel everything I felt at that moment again. How transcendental it is to repeat to myself - as many times as necessary - that I can achieve whatever I set my mind to.

Positive affirmations are internal messages, little seeds that are sown with the intention of, at some point, blossoming to heal and strengthen. There is nothing that excites me more than being able to use my platform to amplify the voices of those who are my inspiration. Because no matter what happens in our society, tomorrow or today, the girls who are here and the ones to come, NEED us.

Girls of Latin America and the Caribbean: hearing your voices, knowing that we can connect through this song makes everything more meaningful.

We need to be able to change the narrative, to understand that together we are stronger. You will never be alone. I trust that one day we can live in more equitable, conscious and respectful societies, where girls do not have to take on more chores at home because they are girls, where there is no harassment in the streets and where their demands are heard and turned into real changes.

On this 8M, I would like to show and make clear that the rights of girls are HUMAN RIGHTS.

The special "Safe Water" video shows and amplifies the seven demands that more than 1,400 girls, from 26 countries in the region, established as priorities in the UNICEF report published in March 2021.

The girls and adolescents of Latin America and the Caribbean DEMAND:

🌻 To live FREE of VIOLENCE

🌻 NOT to be OBJECTIFIED

🌻 NOT to be DISCRIMINATED AGAINST

🌻 ACCESS to COMPREHENSIVE SEXUAL EDUCATION

🌻 TO PARTICIPATE and DECIDE

🌻 TO achieve CLIMATE JUSTICE

🌻 Be VISIBLE in STATISTICS

You are my engine, and my hope is entwined with the paths we can continue to sow.  Never forget that no one and nothing can dim your light. I hope that little by little we will go, together, healing all the wounds and injustices that have been perpetuated throughout time. I hope this song can help you to stay strong.

Love to all of you,

I am here always, for whatever you need, and to help achieve all the changes you deserve.

Denise.

UNICEF