Fatima Ptacek Speaks At The UN For International Women’s Day


Fatima Ptacek Speaks At The UN For International Women’s Day

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[Fatima Ptacek Speaks At The UN For International Women’s Day]

Fátima Ptacek
United Nations Speech
In Celebration of
International Women’s Day

march 8th, 2016

[Fatima Ptacek:] Source: LYBIO.net
Woooo…. President of the General Assembly, Executive Director of UN Women, distinguished ladies and gentlemen and mom and dad.

I am incredibly honored to be here today to commemorate International Women’s Day and celebrate women and their contributions to the world.

My name is Fatima Ptacek and I had a pretty decent introduction. I am probably best known as the Voice of Dora the Explorer. However, there is a lot more to me and probably one of the essential aspects of my identity is my passion for making a positive change in the world.

Fortunately, I’m pursuing that passion and working with UN Women to create a gender equal world of all my personal and professional endeavors. This is definitely the one that makes me proudest.

The fact that I can help make a small contribution to this world all because I met the incredible Phumzile and Elizabeth and told them about my dream to encourage a partnership between men and women to work together to uplift women and liberate men in that shared equality.

I wrote a letter to UN Women, explaining that I really wanted to be involved with HeforShe.

I told them that I am a 15-year-old actor volunteering with a few different philanthropic organizations, but that I was truly in love with the message put forth by fellow actor and one of my biggest inspirations Emma Watson.

I met Elizabeth. And she asked why I was passionate about the fight for global gender equality. I guess she liked what I said because here I am today.

I am so excited to talk about what I have been working UN Women and HeforShe, but today I want to talk about this very special day.

I am the daughter of a man. I am the sister of three brothers and I’m not against them.

My work for gender equality is not an attempt to disparage them and it’s not to disparage my father or my brothers or any other men in the world. It’s simply my belief that I am of equal value. At home, I was told that I could do anything. I was told that I can be anything that contrasted with the adversity that I faced at school and in my case at work as well.

Where people challenged what I had been taught from birth that I was just as valuable as anyone else. It was a confusing time for me at school. I spoke with my classmates with openness about my opportunities for the future and some of my classmates, the girls, said that their parents would never let them pursue those dreams because they are girls and other classmates, the boys, challenged me by saying, you are a girl, that isn’t possible.

I didn’t know what to believe and I doubted my own worth. And now as I stand here in front of you all, a woman, a girl, an advocate for equality I realized that I’m just as capable as anyone else. I am valuable and I can make a difference.

Thank you. Six months ago, I started my journey with UN Women. The more I have read and researched and analyzed, the more I have realized the complexities of gender equality, but also I realized how fortunate I am.

I’ve learned that the ability to attend school every day that I have, it’s an opportunity that most girls do not have.

Yet, we all know that education is not only a right, it’s a solution. The fact that girls might have the chance of a healthier and happier life in my belief should be reason enough for promoting girls’ education, but there are also important and undeniable benefits for society as a whole.

[Fatima Ptacek:] Source: L Y B I O . N E T
An educated girl has the skills, information and self-confidence that she needs to connect with and impact the world around her. It is because of education that I stand here today with a passion and a determination to change the world around me.

HeforShe has helped me realize that we cannot solve our challenges with the same old thinking.

If girls and boys, women and men team up and work together, we can build a future to be proud of. I am so excited to be part of this powerful movement and I can’t wait to have the rest of the world on board. Thank you.

Fatima Ptacek I Am Valuable And I Can Make A Difference

Fatima Ptacek I Am Valuable And I Can Make A Difference

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