State of the Girl:
Still Work to Do
by Zvisinei Dzepasi
In 2019, girls are pushing forward breaking barriers, we are pushing forward however we still have a lot of work to do. We are linked globally at the touch of a button, yet girl in other parts of the world are struggling to manage their period and the mystery of puberty still remains that- a mystery!! I believe that development lags behind because we have been silent about it, it was a topic not to be talked about yet it is experienced every month. My wish for girls is that they are empowered through puberty education, that they know whatever changes happening to their bodies is natural and nothing to be ashamed of.
For girls around me here in the US, my wish is that they realize that they are enough. In these days of social media, that they understand what they see on media can be exaggerated and that most of it is unreal. Girls can get depressed comparing themselves with stuff they see on media which is unreal. Learning to accept who they are, being confident with who they are is important. We are living in a drug epidemic period and that can stem from depression. Our girls need to know that they are ENOUGH!!!
About the author: Zvisinei Dzepasi Mamutse APRN CNP, is a native of Zimbabwe currently residing in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is mother to three children and currently pursuing a Doctorate Degree, PhD in Nursing with a focus in global health. She currently works as a Nurse Practitioner in Addiction Medicine.
She is also the founder of Vasikana Project, an organization aimed at empowering girls, providing puberty education as well as safe and dignified ways to manage periods for rural girls and other underprivileged communities in Zimbabwe.