My name is Elshaday and I’m 17 years old. I currently live in Ethiopia.
Some of the biggest challenges I faced in life are “because I am a girl”.
“Because you are a girl” is a reason usually provided by my family when I ask why I can’t go out to spend time with my friends, why I can’t pursue my dream of acting or why I can’t interact with boys my age. They tell me “you will be exposed to harassment and violence so it’s safer for you to stay inside”.
I wish we worked on a way to make the outside safer for me and my fellow girls so that we can enjoy our teenage years instead of forcing us to stay inside.