Waris Dirie’s wishes for the New Year

23 Dec

My dear friends,

first of all, I want to wish you all a merry Christmas and a very happy new year. I would like to use this chance to tell you about my hopes and dreams for 2011.

“In the course of the last sixty years, the international community has recognized the universal validity of women’s rights and has declared any form of gender discrimination to be unacceptable.” This sentence, describing the themes of this year’s Pio Manzu Conference, to which I was kindly invited, addresses one of the main achievements of the last century, but also one of the main challenges of the current one. While many societies around the world have achieved great things with regard to the emancipation and equality of women, it remains true that a society in which women have the same chances and possibilities as men remains yet to be found.

In many countries, women are still anything but equal to men. They do not enjoy the same rights, let alone are given the same chances and possibilities as men. In many countries, girls will not receive the education and support that boys receive as they continue to be regarded as goods that can be traded between families. They are considered the possession of their fathers before they become the possession of their husbands. They cannot own property, gain their own incomes or decide how to live their lives. Instead, they suffer domestic violence, sexual abuse and crimes such as female genital mutilation.

In the coming years, we will be facing many challenges in striving to preserve this beautiful planet for our children. To do this, we need the contribution of everyone. A society that suppresses women excludes fifty percent of their population from being able to contribute their ideas, their creativity and their intelligence to the advancement of their societies.

Let us make sure that every girl born into this world has a chance to reach its full potential, too, without the constraints of discriminating laws, lack of social recognition or cruel practices.
We may have recognised the universal validity of women’s rights. Now is the time to make them a reality. For every woman on this planet.”

LOVE to you, your families and friends from me and the team of the Desert Flower Foundation,

Waris Dirie

4 Responses to “Waris Dirie’s wishes for the New Year”

  1. Emile Mas December 23, 2010 at 10:38 pm #

    “Dear Waris,

    Consequently to my message of the 9th of November, and the receive of your good wishes, in the name of our small organization “ESPOIRS POUR LES JEUNES” (“Hopes for the young people”) I let you know:

    1 I send you best wishes for the year end celebrations and I wish that many progresses may occur during 2011, in order to make that those barbaries, the MFG, may completely disappear!!

    2 we already donated, lended, deposed or sold 10 books “Fleur du désert” [Flowers of the desert] and 5 DVD’s. We immediately reordered the same quantity.

    3 After a presentation to 40 French friends and persons known to us, about your biography, already 17 of them ordered the book and twelve of them ordered the DVD.

    4 we plan to inform so much as possible out of the 30 000 French libraries

    5 we dialogued with several French associations, which already actively defend the woman rights; “Solidarité Femmes” [Solidarity between Women] and especially “GAMS” like our proposals about cooperation. We together will prepare demonstrations as an event for the 6th of February (the International Day about Zero Tolerance about MFG).

    For the association

    I send to you and to your cooperators, the expression about our esteem and respectfull friendship

    Emilo Mas
    association “ESPOIRS POUR LES JEUNES”, (“Hopes for the young people”)
    2 rue de l’espéranto
    47190 Galapian

  2. chamal mallawa arachchi December 24, 2010 at 4:35 am #

    wish you and your team be happy crismas and very happy new year.we can reality your dream.realy.

  3. Sulemana abudulai December 27, 2010 at 11:45 am #

    Merry Christmas to you Waris!

    Praying for a healthy, prosperous, and fulfilling 2011!

    Good luck with all the great work you are doing!


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