Parastoo is the Presenter of the weekly SAT-7 PARS children’s program, A Girl’s World. Here, she shares how she wants to use this platform to impact the next generation of Persian girls.
I am not a mother, but I am still making a difference to the next generation. I may not have my own children right now but all the children watching A Girl’s World are like my children – we have a special connection and bond, even though it’s not face-to-face.
I do feel somewhat like a spiritual mother to these children; I’m giving them everyday advice, listening to them, and encouraging them on the right path in life. I hope to be a positive influence in their lives as they grow up and find their identity as young women. Even some of the parents ask me for parenting advice, which surprises me! I am young, unmarried, and without children, but it shows that they trust us (SAT-7) and value our opinion.
Helping Young Girls Know Their Value
I am passionate about encouraging young girls to love themselves the way they are. We are all unique – each of us has a different purpose on this earth. However, it takes time for young girls to realize this truth and love themselves. Of course, they will know this when they understand how God loves them and their identity as God’s daughters.
Inspiring Girls to Dream Big
I also want young girls to be proud of being women, and to have their own opinions. In the Middle East, women’s voices and opinions can often be ignored. However, women in the Bible also lived in an unequal society but they were still powerfully used by God, and part of changing history. We tell the stories of these inspiring women from the Bible to encourage our young viewers.
I want young Persian girls to know that they can do big things in the world – even if they grow up in a part of the world where women have less rights. I want them to know they can be successful, they can make their dreams a reality, and they can change the world.