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Why I Stand for Her!

Many people do not understand why I am so passionate about Child Marriage and Gender related issues. I have been asked several times why I chose to do a film with a strong social message like ‘DRY’. We live in a society that tells women to keep quiet and accept whatever fate is meted to them. We shame women who speak out and even more pathetic is the fact that majority of such lash back comes from other women.

Nothing can change if we refuse to question written and unwritten norms that continually put women at a disadvantage. Having realized from an early age, the power of the media inspiring social change and political change, I have resolved to lend my voice all for ‘her’. It is beyond joining the next hashtag bandwagon which mostly ridicule the real issues.

“Her” is a girl like Halima, who is given out in marriage at an early age and deprived of her rights to education, and freedom. She is the lady who is denied a seat at the table because there is not room enough for women. She is the daughter who is denied rights to her father’s properties because well, she is a woman. She is vulnerable and often times unheard.

These are the real issues, and it is high time we understood that standing for her is standing for all. 

My greatest desire is to live in a world that is fairer, safer and more conducive for “her” to live out her dreams.

 

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    Ezeogidi Adaobi Maryann
    March 13, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Hi Stephanie!

    Congratulations on your new appointment as the ambassador of UNFPA. Please I would love to work with you, as a member of your team on women/child health etc. I am Ezeogidi Adaobi Maryann, a graduate of Physiology (B.Sc) from Anambra State University, I’m very passionate about human health,thanks.

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    Gifty Nkansah
    March 13, 2017 at 10:47 am

    I luv u steph..God bless u for ur movie Dry n i know d Almighty God wl continue to direct your path to always give us amazing, informative n educative movies..how i wish u visit Ghana oneday..I’ll love it..God bless u for touching so much lives including myself..

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    Gifty nkansah
    March 13, 2017 at 11:12 am

    God bless you, Stephanie..jus luv u,,u r indeed a great mentor to me.. I wish to support your organization. Pls wat do you think?

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    Igwe priscilia
    March 13, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Good morning ma’am Stephanie, you are a role model to us out here. I personally love what you are doing. The movie ‘dry’ was not just a movie, it was a message that got me crying. I pray for a society where every girl child will have the right to education, where she can live her dream and become all she is meant to be. I am Igwe Priscilia and I stand with ‘her’.
    Congratulations on your ambassador post. I’m proud of you.

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    Racheal Edward
    March 13, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    It’s a shame women bring women down.
    We should all stand with Her. It’s a collective thing

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    Joyous
    March 13, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Stephanie I’m inspired by the good job you are doing,I’m so passionate about the same field ,it really hurts me how young girls are continuously claimed by child marriage .. As the new Ambassador of the UNFPA would like to work with your to fight the rampant increase of child marriages. recently 45000 12-13 year old were victims of this

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    Adaugo Obasi
    March 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Good day ma’am.
    I have a lot I want to say about you to show how much I appreciate You in the Nigeria movie industry,I see so many people talking about feminism but only a few ACT,Feminism is a movement.and you ma’am are using your voice and influence to fight for ‘Her’ I couldn’t be any more proud of you even though I never met you. You indeed inspire people especially girls/women. I’m a 300 level student of Biochemistry. After watching your inspiring tearjerker film,DRY, I said to myself that I was going to get another degree on obstetric/gynaecology because i want to help add value to the lives of women.For the love of womanhood. Thank you ma’am for helping me find my PURPOSE again. Thank you for being different.Thank you for inspiring and educating us through your movie DRY. Thank you for your powerful/masterful skill in bringing the acts to life,i felt the pain,the agony of the characters,(and the real life victims) I felt the sincerity in your speech at the ending of the film. Thank you for the film ‘dry’ it has made me AWARE. I hope I get the opportunity to work with you one day on this movement.GOD bless you Mrs.Stephanie Linus. Congrats on your Accomplishments.
    You deserve more.

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    MRS. GAI
    March 18, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Dear Stephanie,

    I was very moved and inspired by the movie DRY and horrified that so many women are still affected by these issues. How can we help or support this cause each of us in our own little way. Is there an opportunity for donations in cash or kind?

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    Jenny Abanobi Onyedikachi
    April 24, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Dear Stephanie,
    You are a blessing to the generation of all who are benefiting from your existence. Your wealth of knowledge and your passion to enlighten the public through very interesting media is one to reckon with. God bless your hands.
    Jenny.

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