I'm currently reading "Half the Sky - Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.
"Half The Sky" is such an interesting but quite a sad book, I never realised how badly women are treated worldwide - I knew it was bad but didn't know it was that bad. Sex trafficking, rape as a weapon of war, disallowed medical treatment, forced marriages, forced pregnancies, refused education, beaten, infanticide for just being a girl, the list goes on and on. I want to scream, cry, rant and rave all at once, I feel so powerless to help and feel so privileged to live in Australia. Why are we treated so differently just because we have different genitalia, it's complete madness.
If you educate a woman, you educate a nation is so true. By educating women, they then have more say and more knowledge. They can delay children, delay marriage, earn money and create change. Are countries so scared of what women are capable of? Imagine what the world would be life if there really was gender equality? Some of the poor nations might just not be so poor and the changes that could occur would be life changing - world changing even. Is this why there is so much oppression against women because of the potential changes that would occur?
We are so blessed to be allowed to gain an education in this country and be given chances to study whatever and wherever we want, some girls overseas never see the inside of a classroom and if they do get a chance it's only for a few years and then they're forced to leave so that money can be spent on the boys education or medicine or food. It breaks my heart to know that girls would love the education that I got even though it wasn't really the best by Australain standards and I was your average grade C student that got told she'd never amount to anything.
We need to start valuing education for the worth that it is, by educating ourselves with knowledge so we can then get behind education for the world. Supporting and donating to worthy charities and raising awareness so that more and more people can start to value education too and give woman a voice.
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