World Mental Health Day - 2020
Everyone who works with me knows that I sign up for every webinar relevant to our cause. This September 20th and 21st, I had the privilege of attending a summit hosted by the Global Youth Mental Health Association, or GYMHA. The title of the summit was "Global Stress Management Revolutions.” The first speaker, Dr. Berman Ahmed, re-iterated and expanded on what I have known for the last 20 years since working in-depth with disadvantaged youth in residential and school settings. I recently had a conversation with a colleague, who echoed the same sentiments.
Breathe...For this day or the rest of it at least, be mindful and set aside some time for personal care and peace of self. If you are privileged enough to be able to go for a walk, play a board game with your son or daughter. Get your coloring book and pens out or read a book. Do anything to personally celebrate this day and the peace that comes from knowing that there are and were women before you that allowed you to be where and who you are.
They Did it for All of Us
Take a few moments to reflect on the Black women and women of color that have impacted the world through non-violent communication and peace-making. Celebrate them, for they are the women from which you want your daughters to learn. They are the women who set examples for all people, not just other women. Without weapons or harsh words, they give knowledge, wisdom, and peace-making skills to all who would pay attention.
These women peace-makers have put their lives in danger, without reservation, to give other women power. The power to learn and be educated are themes that women world-wide struggle with. There are women who are never recognized for their efforts to build peace, because of their sex and because of their skin-tones.
They are all brave women who went through death threats, war, and assassination attempts. Yet, they didn’t stop trying to bring peace to the Nations and the world. The five women on this list exemplify what it means to be peace-makers and women in a world that tries to stomp women down. Each one of them are recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize.
My name is Jamie, and I am profoundly blessed to be the Copy Writer and Editor for Stella's Girls, where our mission is to empower young women to become leaders and social advocates in their communities.