To die for: The fight for girl’s education rights
There is a saying in the 21st century that if you educate a boy, you educate a boy, but if you educate a girl, you educate a village. From religious backings to socio-economic factors girls around the world are fighting for their rights to an education. They are not only fighting for their right to an education but for their lives, a brighter future. It is surprising that in the 21st century, girls are still fighting for the right to a proper education. While in most parts of the world girls are allowed without issue to study and attend everything from first grade to a higher level of education, the fight for equal education rights for young girls in the Middle East and Asia, due religious and cultural factors rages on. Women’s education allows these women to become less likely to be prone to sexual abuse, and more likely to encourage other girls to obtain an education. These young girls are being shipped off as child brides before they are ever allowed a chance for education. Girls who learn how to read and write often have a higher life expectancy, a higher chance of using birth control and a greater chance of not becoming child brides due to their devotion to their studies. It is important to educate girls to continue a cycle of female empowerment because without which, many of these girls are prone to abuse, both physical and sexual and need education to rise above it. Sadly, value on girls in some third world countries is significantly less than other places in the world. In third world countries, especially those dominated by a religious backing, such as the Iraq and Afghanistan, women enjoy even less freedom than they do in the United States. Lack of proper care for girls who have reached the age of 12 and over is a huge factor as to absences in schools, and often a girl falls too far behind due to this, and drops out as a result. These issues are more prevalent now to girls in third world countries than anywhere else in the world, where famine, government upheaval, and war and poverty are all issues at the front of people’s minds there. It is in these where rape is still considered a disgrace on girls rather than being the victims and where girls suffer at the hands of their fathers, husbands and brothers and must submit completely to these male figures in their lives. Meanwhile, girls in first world or more developed countries enjoy more freedom towards their education. These girls have more power to influence the other countries or put pressure on said countries to encourage learning for girls. With the government take over in the early 2000s, the Taliban has largely restricted the education of girls in Pakistan and Central Asia. A courageous girl, Malala Yousafzai has stepped up against the fearful reign and spoken out loudly about the importance of girls’ rights and the importance of girls’ rights for the country and the world. Malala refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. Despite an assassination attempt at the raw age of fifteen, Malala has continued her efforts to secure equal rights for women in a country where women are seen as second-rate citizens, and has raised the issue to a global level of concern and awareness. At sixteen, Malala has made a full recovery and has become a global symbol of peaceful protest, as well as being the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize. Honored with many awards, Malala continues to fight for girl’s rights across the world, speaking on the idea that girls have a larger advantage if educated than boys, and will support each other and encourage education in their daughters so that they will as a whole become a greater educated generation. It costs less to send a girl to school than it does to often purchase many things we value. Part of it includes education about sex and education about birth control, which will often save girls...
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