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"A message for young girls: know who you are"
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"A message for young girls: know who you are"

Lyn-Marie BlackmanSelf-described conservative writer and lover of biomedical science Lyn-Marie Blackman, 27, a Commonwealth Correspondent from Barbados, writes about the need for women and girls to take pride in themselves and shine as brightly as they can.

I have always had a special place in my heart for women, not because I am one myself but I have always admired the strength, love and perseverance that exude from women like my mother and grandmother.

Being a woman in society is never an easy task. There are so many demands, wishes and expectations that many sometimes falter under. Women have the ability to carry life within themselves for approximately nine months. They have been endowed with the skills of nurturing and caring not only for their children but for those around them as well.

As a young girl coming up, many of us have been told that we need to be able to love ourselves first and foremost in order for that to be reciprocated to us by others. My young sisters – in order to live up to the role of being a woman you must first know who you are and where you want to go. I personally have encountered women who are lost, scared and have no idea what their contribution to society should be.

I want to encourage you, my young sisters, to be encouraged by love. Be encouraged by positive elements, be encouraged by your intelligence and your desirability not for your body but for your mind and the many goals, dreams and aspirations it holds.

My young sisters you are more than just a pretty face, smile and body. You are a tower of strength, a beacon of knowledge and a carrier of life. Love yourself in a way that no man can and treat yourself like you deserve to be loved. Some of you have been told you are nothing, not beautiful, never going to make it but I want you sisters to know this: NEVER BELIEVE THE LIE.

I want the next time you look into the mirror to say to yourself: (insert name here) __ you are beautiful, fearfully and wonderfully made, I love You. I want you to mean it and live it. Beauty is in you my sisters and beauty is You. I want you to start walking in that beauty. Shine bright like a diamond.

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About me: I am a conservative and articulate individual with an innate desire to see love, peace and unity triumph. My interests lie in medical research. I enjoy researching medical news from around the world and reporting it in my monthly newsletter entitled L.I.F.E.

I love biomedical science and believe it holds the key to a healthier society. I aspire to become a medical researcher and writer. My focus now is obtaining more exposure for my newsletters: L.I.F.E. and The Believer.

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Opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Commonwealth Youth Programme. Articles are published in a spirit of dialogue, respect and understanding. If you disagree, why not submit a response?
To learn more about becoming a Commonwealth Correspondent please visit: http://www.yourcommonwealth.org/submit-articles/commonwealthcorrespondents/
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