Dear future me: A Canadian teen’s empowering letter to her future self

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What is the future you want? What changes do you want to see in the next 5 years? 10? 15? We want a future where everyone’s rights are valued and respected – because we are all equal! And with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we believe it’s possible – we can create a more just and equal future for us all.

Inspired by these global goals, and particularly Goal 5’s focus on ending gender inequality, 18-year-old Nirosha, a member of our Because I am a Girl Speakers Bureau, wrote and performed this powerful letter to her future self – revealing her hopes and inspiring vision for girls and women in the years to come.


Nirosha

18-year-old Nirosha Balakumar is from Toronto, Ontario. She’s a first-year student at Queens University, hoping to pursue a degree in Global Development and Gender Studies. She’s a passionate youth advocate, girls’ rights activist, feminist, spoken word artist and dancer.

Dear Future Me…

Take a moment and take my hand, let me sail you throughout the land.
Lands both young and old, a land that we can see greatly unfold.

Take a close look at this world, for we have come a long, long way since Dear Baby Girl.
I want you to imagine a world where young girls are just that – young girls, each with their own, unique story to unfurl.

I want you to imagine a world in which gender equality prevails.
A world in which as global citizens, we have not failed.

I want you to imagine a world in which gender equality prevails.
A world in which as global citizens, we have not failed.

Imagine the elimination of gender disparity in primary, secondary and tertiary education;
This idea of knowledge being the key to each and every nation.

Developing and Developed. Global South and Global North.
Let us not forget the power that we bestow upon the International Courts.

Future me, you are now in a world where innocent child brides can file for divorces.
A world in which she – a bright individual – no longer has to fight against the forces.

She now has support, she now has allies.
She now lives in a world in which her cries for help are no longer chastised.

Saved from marriage, she will now attend school,
Be raised in a world in which girls can have their own rule.

Girls are now empowered and strong,
Gaining stable jobs and income that do not derive from something morally wrong.

She will go on to make a difference, to leave an impact on her community,
For she is living in a world in which her parliamentary representation will not be under scrutiny.

She will live a long and healthy life,
Not being forced to bear children under the responsibility of being a wife.

It is now her body and her choice,
Of when she will produce another strong, little voice.

Maternal health and child mortality is no longer an issue of such fatality.
Vaccinations and antenatal visits are no longer considered to be topics off limits.

Future me, this is just an insight on the world ahead,
One where you no longer feel guilty when going to bed.

I know you’re wondering how all this can come to be,
How female empowerment is something that we can now see.

The answer lies within the UN Development Goals,
Goals in which will aid the world, rather than taking a toll.

All you need to do now is have faith and support the action
Because you, as a world changer, are a part of the larger fraction.

All you need to do now is have faith and support the action
Because you, as a world changer, are a part of the larger fraction.

You, as a youth of this generation, have the obligation to care for this global nation.


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