Dreams for My Daughter: Baroness Mary Goudie
Mothers and fathers the world over have dreams for their daughters; for love and happiness, for fulfilment and equality, for peace and prosperity….
But in all too many countries their daughters still have little option but to follow an age old pattern: forced into early marriage and risking death to give birth. In Afghanistan, 1 in 11 women die in childbirth, and in many countries it is more likely that girls will die giving birth than go to school. This reinforces the vicious circle of low education, poverty, child marriage – and back to early death in childbirth.
This week, on International Women’s Day, 8th March, the Dreams for My Daughter exhibition, by leading photographer Joanna Vestey, will be launched at WOW – Women of the World festival at the UK’s famous Southbank Centre. The exhibition, featuring the hopes and dreams of women around the world, will run from Thursday, 8th March through Sunday, 11th March. For more information visit: www.southbankcentre.co.uk/wow.
Baroness Mary Goudie, Member of the House of Lords, Chair of the Women Leaders’ Council to Fight Human Trafficking at UN
My dream for girls everywhere across the globe is that they can dream big, get a good education, have every opportunity to be the best they can be, and use their talents to make a difference in the future directions of their communities and countries. I also dream that none of them will have to confront any type of violence and that they can always make decisions about all parts of their lives and futures.
Photo by Jo Vestey