I know 2017 hasn’t been a great year for many of us, but I like to think there’s always some good to find in every year. After the events that took place around the world in 2016 (I’m sure you know what I’m talking about…), I was feeling utterly powerless. I felt the need to do something, but I didn’t know what or where or how.

I felt the world was falling apart around me and I wasn’t sure where to start with picking up the pieces. I’m sure that many others in many countries felt this way too. Then, in mid-2017, I found myself facing imminent unemployment, and that’s when I discovered Girls’ Globe. My friend – and now fellow blogger – Gabrielle Rocha Rios introduced me to this amazing, supportive community of strong, outspoken women. They share similar values and a passion for the same causes: gender equality and women’s rights. So, I joined Girls’ Globe!

I’m very thankful for this community. I finally feel powerful.

I finally have a space where I can raise the issues few people around me talk about.

I finally have a platform to both learn about and raise awareness of those issues.

I finally feel that I can speak up and be heard.

Girls’ Globe inspires me to react, to confront, and to report. Girls’ Globe gave me the courage to say #MeToo, to tell my boss I was being harassed by a co-worker, to report a creepy Uber driver, to speak up.

I’ve learned that if we’re always scared of saying the wrong thing, of upsetting others, of creating controversy, we’ll never say anything at all. We’re in the middle of an unprecedented international movement where women are showing the rest of the world the reality of our daily lives. We’re being brave together. We’re standing up for ourselves and we’re standing up for others.

To some people, the number of cases of harassment and abuse we’ve revealed this year is shocking. To us, it’s no surprise at all. Every day more and more cases are brought to light and thanks to that more and more people are realising that almost every woman has gone through some level of trauma in her life because of a man. And men who have abused the power their gender awards them are finally beginning to be held accountable.

So here’s to Girls’ Globe, to being brave, and to kicking up a storm! Let’s continue to speak up.  

Throughout the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, Girls’ Globe is crowdfunding to be able to keep raising voices in 2018. Please support us so that we can continue to share our stories and reach every corner of the world! 

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marurendo

@marurendo

María is a graduate student in the International Relations program at New York University. She grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina and now lives in Brooklyn. Her research area is on the implementation of a gender perspective in development programs and gender equality, with a focus on Latin America.

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