International Needs Australia is a Christian organisation journeying to create a just world where girls and boys, men and women are treated equally with respect, dignity and opportunity to reach their full potential.
I am SHE
“From the day that I was born, my family wished I was a boy.
My name is SHE…
As soon as I could walk, I helped my mother cook, clean, fetch water and look after the animals.
While my brothers are at school, I walk to fetch water. It’s a long way and I get scared.
Sometimes men hurt me.
Now I’m twelve and my parents are selling me to an old man to marry. They say it will be good for me. But it’s good for everyone except me.
Because I am a girl, they think I am nothing.
But I know that is not true.
I can learn, I have a voice, I have dreams, I can be what I want to be.
If I can see a doctor, I won’t die so young…and so often.
If I go to school, I can show my village many ways to do things better.
If you let me start a business I can help my family and my world.
When I walk with you I can do all these things.
When I walk with you, we can change the world together.
Because I am SHE
AND I AM NOT NOTHING!”