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I am a girl, therefore I'm worthless.
I am a disappointment to my parents.

I am a thing to be sold for profit.
I am property to a stranger.

I am a body used for the pleasure of men.
I am a slave to my promised husband.



"Yes, Sir."
"Yes, Mistress."

These are the only things I'm allowed to say.
If I say anything else I will be punished.

I shall face a punishment.
Several that no one should be allowed to face.



Beaten.
Molested.

Disposed of.
I fear all of it.

But sadly, it would be nothing new.
I shall be punished for simply taking a breath.



I wish to take my final one.
I "belong" in the kitchen, after all.

I have possession of the knife.
This decision shall finally be mine.

My fear melts away, and my neck turns cold.
I shall take my freedom...



Yes, I have taken it.
My freedom.

However, it was not by means of bloodshed.
It was not by means of "relief."

It was by means of struggle.
It was by by means of the impossible.



Fighting.



No longer shall I hide my face behind blue.
My hair shall be hidden because of God, not man.

I shall marry at a chosen age to a chosen man.
I shall learn through books and science.

I have the ability to do this all.
I am a girl, therefore I'm powerful.
...I SAW GIRL RISING AND HALF THE SKY AGAIN, OKAY!?

I decided to use a different formatting it add to the tone. I tried to put in different cultural difference, not focusing on the discrimination you find in the US, such as marrying off a twelve-year-old or molestation that is "fine" because of the culture. However, women are powerful and strong, no matter the age.

Several girls all around the world have fought for their freedom and to have their voice heard. Malala Yousafzai, for a younger example, allowed herself to be shot for what she believes in. 
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sadgyaru Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very inspiring *applauds*
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EnchantedMusic223 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014   Writer
This is absolutely amazing! Great job!
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JadeWinchester Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Student Writer
Would you mind if I show this on Tumbr?
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TheMagnificentMorado Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I wouldn't mind at all!
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JadeWinchester Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Student Writer
OK thanks.
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JadeWinchester Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Student Writer
Awesome. It shows that us girls are not for men to use and abuse we were made to be our own person. We were made to be free and do what we want not what others want us to do.
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shadethehedgehogX3 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Girl Rising <3 
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ksw97 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This reminds me of the book "Sold" great job on writing this very powerful!
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vanillamanila Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
Oh my gosh, I have that book and it's so sad but so powerful and uplifting and is an amazing message to girls all over the world.
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ksw97 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ikr?!
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