Friday, 22 January 2016

#ToTheGirls2016 Campaign

With the UK release of All the Rage - a novel about a rape survivor whose whole community turns their back on her - YA author Courtney Summer has brought back her social media campaign to share support and advice to young girls, #ToTheGirls2016. Yesterday, Summers was on The Guardian website talking about her book (which I've read already, it's amazing!), the campaign and why it's so important.

But I have more to add, and a 140 character tweet isn't really enough.

You might not think so, but you are strong. You are. You show your strength every minute of every day that you try to move on, move forward, survive. You're strength is what keeps you going even when it hurts so much you don't think you can.

If you stumble or falter, that doesn't mean you have failed. You're not a failure. Every second is a second chance. There's still time to turn things around for yourself.

You are not a waste of space. You are worth all of the space you take up, and so much more. So much more.

Your worth cannot be measured in numbers. You are more than any number. More than the number on the scales, more than the number on the label of your clothes, more than the number of years you have been living.

Your body is yours and yours alone. You get to decide what you do and do not do with it.

You can do anything you put your mind to. Don't let anyone knock your self-belief. If you put in the work, you'll get there. Don't give in; give yourself the chance.

Your self-worth shouldn't be based on whose arm you're on. You are an individual; you're important in your own right.

Do check out the #ToAllTheGirls2016 for more advice from other women, and check out the Tumblr page where you can submit your own.

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