Top: Aung San Suu Kyi
A Burmese opposition politician and General Secretary of the National League for Democracy. She was placed under house arrest on July 20, 1989, and remained there for almost fifteen of the twenty-one years until her most recent release on November 13, 2010 - despite her party having won 59% of the national votes and 81% (392 of 485) of the seats in Parliament in 1990.
Lower: Somaly Mam
A survivor of the brutal Cambodian sex slavery market. After fleeing to France in 1993 with the help of an aid worker, she returned to her home country to help girls who were in the same situation that she had been fortunate enough to escape from. In 1996, she founded AFESIP (Agir pour les Femmes en Situation Precaire or Acting for Women in Distressing Situations). To date, she has saved over four thousand women from sexual slavery.
Someone tell me why little girls don’t have posters of these women on their walls.
Someone tell me why these little girls grow into teenage girls who would rather read Girlfriend and Dolly than National Geographic and newspapers.
Someone tell me why these teenage girls grow into women who have their own little girls and this all repeats itself.
Someone tell me why we aren’t breaking this cycle.