Anoushka, age 14
Being a girl is my pride
I am a daughter,
I am a sister,
I am a friend,
And one day, I will be a wife, then a mother.
But, before all that, I am a girl,
Trying to live my life.
I don’t care if the world doesn’t recognize me,
Because being a girl is my Pride.
I don’t know what my past tells about my gender.
But what I do know is that, no matter what they say
I am not just a burden.
If I need to fight, I’ll fight, through peace or violence,
Because I am a girl, a true warrior.
I won’t give up and I won’t be silent
Since my birth, I have been told to behave, but
Still I hold my head high,
Why? Because I always believe in myself,
And trust, this belief, helps me rise.
People warn me about my decisions,
But I still believe in equality,
I never look back but move ahead,
As I am a million more than what a man
Yes, I am proud to be a girl,
to be a warrior, in and out.
So, for me that’s what it means to be a girl,
In the world where I live in.