Dreams for My Daughter: Rebecca Stephens
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.
Rebecca Stephens MBE, First British lady to climb Mount Everest and the Seven Summits
My dream for my two beautiful daughters is that they will be utterly confident in who they are. I dream they shall find their chosen paths, harbour no regrets and live to give a little more than they receive. I dream they will have spirit and strength and humour to equip them for the highs as well as lows in life. And of course I dream that they will love, passionately, be loved, and - if it’s their choice - bear children so they can experience the deepest love of all.
Photo by Jo Vestey