WHY HELP GIRLS AND NOT BOYS?
As I walked out of my 80th Bikram class in a row, a guy at the studio asked me why Im doing this for girls and not for boys, after all, there are plenty of boys who live in poverty. Far too many children.
I was surprised at his question, but its a valid one.
Poverty is a terrible thing, and any child living in poverty has an unimaginably difficult life its something we all need to realize and do something about.
Living in poverty has a terrible effect on girls and boys equally. But its not an equalizer.
A boy living in poverty still might have the chance to go to school, many families sacrifice everything they have to send their sons to school keeping the daughters at home. He may be hungry, but there is a better chance hell still get an education.
A boy living in poverty is not sold by his parents into slavery or marriage as a way of keeping the family in food. A boy is expected to work for his family, a girl is frequently considered chattel to be bartered and sold, and used accordingly.
A boy living in poverty has the power of culture, tradition,or religion to protect him – they may be limiting, but they are designed to keep boys safe. A girl has to live by far more rigid restrictions imposed on her by traditions that do not allow her to have an education, that promote child marriage, female circumcision and never being able to talk to anyone outside her family. Boys are raised to be the guardians of these traditions perpetuating a never-ending cycle of gender inequality.
I started to tell him all this then realized my emotions were starting to get the better of me. So I just smiled and told him to check out the Because I am a Girl website.
Please help me in my year-long HotYoga365 Challenge to help girls. They need it.
Heres a link to my fundraising page. Thank you.