Go Fly Little Girl – The Girl Effect

Give a girl an education and introduce her properly into the world, and ten to one but she has the means of settling well, without further expense to anybody. ~Jane Austen

When it comes to being a girl, I was fortunate enough to be treated like a precious creature. From the time I can remember, my dad always told me, I was more a boy to him than my two other brothers. At the time I never really understood this statement. But, when he said the same thing to me on my 18th birthday, he added “You are more capable than any man you will ever meet. You make me proud to have a girl like you. You have the innocence of a little girl and the sensibility of a lady. Go fly my little girl.”

My parents always taught me to be self dependent, self sufficient and compassionate. There was a clear distinction between right and wrong in our home. Growing up with 2 brothers, I was more like another boy, with all the girly frills. I had a safe and secure environment while growing up and for that I’m extremely grateful to my parents. I am what I am because they positively guided me.

But, there are many girls in this big world who aren’t as fortunate. Who don’t know where their life will take them or where to learn right from wrong. Who don’t have the security and encouragement like I had to “Go Fly”.

I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass. ~Maya Angelou

For a little girl to face this world alone, without getting physically and emotionally bruised is next to impossible, UNLESS she has the right kind of supportive environment.

To show a little girl the positive light of love and support is an investment in the flight of our society our human{e}ity our future. If one girl can be saved from the predatory world around her, she will grow, she will fly. She will become a lady who will then positively and lovingly support this society.

Don’t we all want a positive and loving world?

Lets all make an effort today. Nourish the hearts and minds of these little girls with love & knowledge in such a way, that they in-turn, can take the weight of worlds to come; make it happy and positive.

Lets start with our little girls, then the ones around us.

I don’t think of myself as a poor deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who from an early age knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good. ~Oprah Winfrey

This article is a tribute to the girl within me, to the girl I gave birth to, to every girl that lives among us. A tribute to The Girl Effect
25th November is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women(Click here to learn more). May this be a tribute to that beautiful and very neccessary cause too!

I’m a happy girl and want every girl in this world to be happy.

Take action now. You can. I can. Here is how:

“The Girl Effect” is a powerful idea: by investing in girls in the developing world, we make an incredibly effective investment in eradicating poverty, creating thriving communities, and slowing the spread of AIDS.

Visit The Girl Effect.  We can all make a difference.

A special hug to Tara, for creating a space to share in spreading this message of love, hope & inspiration.

Dearest Reader- Please share this article with your friends and family. The more people who join this beautiful Effect the bigger the chance we are giving this world to truly heal. Please also do share your precious thoughts on this topic in the comments below.
Thank you for reading 🙂

With Immense Love & Gratitude,
Counseling Psychologist/Spiritual Counselor
Motivational Speaker/Naturopath

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29 thoughts on “Go Fly Little Girl – The Girl Effect

  1. Beautiful, heartfelt post Zeenat. Thank you for sharing and for contributing to Tara’s incredible blogging campaign for the girl effect. Your writing is lovely. We’re now sisters in this movement and I’m glad.

    1. Hi Katie,
      Thank you fro your lovely words here and I feel like a major shift has happened within me when I joined this cause. I am so grateful for this Amazing Effect!
      We truly are all sisters in this amazing movement.
      Much Love~

    1. HI Uzma,
      Isnt flying just so liberating. The freedom to fly with all your principles in tact is a gift all girls should get.
      Glad you liked this 🙂
      Thank you for your lovely comment.
      Much Love~

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  3. Zeenat,
    You ARE an amazingly beautiful, happy, loving girl – and that’s a testament to your soul shining out!

    May every girl experience this joy in her life. Thanks so, so much for continuing to spread the word on The Girl Effect – such a wonderful movement…

    1. Hi Lance,
      I truly think this is such a great movement…inching towards healing the world. I’m just glad we as citizens of this magnanimous universe can contribute to this positive change.
      Thank you fro your beautiful words my sweet friend!,
      much love~

  4. Hi Zeenat,
    I have tears..of joy for who you are and all that you share! I tell my “story” in my post..my epxerience was far different from yours..”Go fly little girl” is what I never knew was possible and now it is what I am able to teach my daughter (and son)…I’m so glad you had that foundation..and I celebrate today who you are and who you enable your own daughter to be!
    I *love* the quote by Maya Angelou–*living* life fully and capably..going beyond…reaching for the stars..
    You are one who inspires me greatly..thank you for all that you share..and for lending yoru powerful writing to this cause!

    1. HI Joy,
      I did read your story..and believe me it moved me deeply. Isn’t that what the girl effect is all about?? Giving every girl a fighting chance to truly LIVE.
      Thank you fro sharing and for being you darling. You are truly loved.
      Much love~

  5. What a powerful post. When my daughter was in kindergarten, she had to make an “about me” poster. The poster included information about her family, her favorite things, etc. One of the sections was about what she wanted to be when she grew up. She wrote that she wanted to be a Green Bay Packer. For those of you who don’t know, the Packers are an American professional football team!

    I thought that was great. She talked about it all the time. She asked me if I would come to her games. I told her, “Honey, if you get on that team I will never miss one of your games!”

    1. Hi Galen,
      I must say you are such a beautiful mother for giving your daughter her wings.
      How old is she now?
      May every girl get the love support she truly deserves.
      Thank you fro sharing your beautiful thoughts here Galen.
      Much Love~

  6. Hi Zeenat .. amazingly wonderful post – and just wonderful to hear those words from your father – if only we could all support our near, dear and community with these kind of words – how much better the human race would be.

    Wonderful words of wisdom and actioning steps – thanks so much Z.. with love Hilary

    1. Hi HIlary,
      What an amazing ripple effect that would be na….if every girl got this chance to fly. Oh we would have a happy happy world.
      Thank You for stopping by and sharing your amazing thoughts. I always love your words.
      Much love~

  7. Hi Zeenat,

    This is very touching and inspiring post. To give those girls love and peace is a very nice feeling, we should all help children like that. Thanks for sharing my friend

    1. Hi Tara,
      I loved this campaign! I’m the one who is honored to be part of such an amazing effect. Thank you! To imagine what we all could do together for our world is such a soothing thought.
      And Jane Austen is just too awesome!
      Love and Hugs~

  8. Your father sounds amazing! You are lucky to hear such precious words indeed!

    I have been doing sharing words of encouragement with my daughters too! We certainly can do more for all the women in the world! The Girl Effect sounds like a wonderful movement.

    1. HI Evelyn,
      Oh my dad was amazing! He still guides me from the beyond and that is the best part 🙂
      Women, girls all around the world should indeed get this chance to live a life of integrity. I do hope you join the movement too!
      Thank you fro your lovely comment here.
      Much love~

  9. Hi Zeenat. I think the future of the world is directly linked to the health and empowerment of girls. I’ve belived this for many years now. The ‘I dare you’ video has already made me cry this week.

    To Zeenat’s Dad. Thank you, sir.

    1. Hi Simon,
      The “I dare you” video made me cry buckets too! I could feel the immense pain in those eyes….
      May every girl be so empowered to fly..that the world just heals by their positive choices and chances.
      Thank you for your lovely email too 🙂 Daddy was truly amazing.
      Much love~

  10. Hello Zeenat

    I just love talking about and spreading awareness about this cause, because it impacts so many girls/women worldwide!!!!

    I think of how lucky most women and girls are here in the west, compared to many others in countries where they are seen as, or treated less then equal or worthy to men.

    I think that, and yet, the truth comes over me, that even in the Western world, many women are still not attaining equality, whether in the workplace or just within their own home.

    We do need to raise awareness about this, and as more people wake up, we need to put this into action and put our actions, where our thoughts and words are.

    In the end, this girl effect ripples on every level where women worldwide are concerned. Even how we women treat other women is important for many to “wake up” into. Thank you for writing about this.

  11. Zeenat, What a wonderful article and tribute to your wise and caring parents. My parents were very similar and I am so thankful that I was blessed to grow up in a positive, loving, encouraging environment. I feel very strongly that ALL children, regardless of gender, deserve this kind of beginning. It is amazing that you must pass a test to drive a car, but anyone can make a baby. Raising children should be the most serious assignment and greatest privilege of all.

  12. Zeenat,

    I’m so happy you had such a rich environment growing up. I wish that for all girls! Thanks for giving us more of a glimpse into you by sharing your own story. And thanks for inviting us to help girls around the world. You rock!

  13. Zeenat, you really are an amazing soul. It’s wonderful to read about your positive experiences when growing up.

    This movement sounds amazing and it’s wonderful that you are on board with it, they couldn’t have a better person to spread the word.

    I know, even here, in the west there is still not equality.I also know that women are seen as second class citizens in the developing countries, and have experienced the wrath of the males when I have helped women from these countries to become more independent. I helped one woman open up her own bank account, separate from her husbands, and the fallout from that was unbelievable, and I was only doing my job so I can’t begin to imagine what she went through.

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