Parents have a whole lot to worry about before having a child, but this video shows why being the parent of a daughter can be especially hard.
Thirty-five percent of women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, according to the World Health Organization. That's more than one in three women.
CARE, a Norwegian nonprofit that works to improve the rights of women and girls, released a powerful five-minute film on physical and sexual abuse to help people rethink their words, thoughts, and actions towards women.
In the video, an unborn child has a favor to ask her father. She maps out what her life will be like when she comes into a world filled with men who treat women as the punchline for their jokes, but also the punching bag for their fists. She knows she'll "jokingly" be called horrible names and be treated with disrespect. She sees a future filled with boys touching her body with disregard for her feelings. She imagines her Mr. Perfect will be much, much less than.
So, she asks her father to do something for her.
You can check out the heartfelt short film below:
Just a heads up, this video deals with issues of sexual and domestic abuse and contains some profanity.
"Dear Daddy, I know you will protect me from lions, tigers, guns, cars, and even sushi without even thinking about the danger to your own life," she says. "But dear Daddy, I will be born a girl. Please do everything you can so that that won't stay the greatest danger of all."
We should all be doing everything we can to make society a safe place for women. If you or someone you know has been affected by physical or sexual violence, please contact the National Domestic Abuse Hotline for help.