Education out of school and 15 million girls

Education is the most noteworthy way females can liberate themselves, there is a famous African proverb that states “If you educate a man, you educate an individual. If you educate a woman, you educate the entire nation.” However, in developing nations around the world, men still dominate women. “Cultural and social beliefs/practices restrain women from receiving the same opportunities that men receive. There is always an underlying reason for everything, investing in education for sons rather than daughters provides an economic and social benefit.  It is a known fact that daughters who do receive some form of education are viewed as less valuable, because they are less likely to submit by the words of the males in their life” (Right to Education Project). With no worry for female education, this allows for early marriage; most of the time child marriage and early pregnancy which keeps females trapped in the web discriminatory stereotypes. Violence against females is another obstacle regarding rights to education, schools do not protect the basic fundamental human rights of girls, this violence includes rape, sexual harassment, physical and mental abuse. This violence is usually carried out by teachers, other authorities in the school and students. “Females are also ‘needed at home’, girls are handed down the burden of being in child labor as well as taking care of all the house work” (Right to Education Project), this influences their capabilities in class as this huge burden causes both physical and mental stress. “According to UNESCO estimates, 130 million girls between the age of 6 and 17 are out of school and 15 million girls of primary-school age—half of them in sub-Saharan Africa— will never enter a classroom” (The World Bank).  There are many advocates worldwide who stand to challenge and change this issue, but there is one special young women who risked her life to fight for this change and her name is Malala Yousafzai. She is a young activist for female education, who lived in Swat District, Pakistan and was victim of the strict and discriminatory rules enforced by the Taliban. Under a pen name she began blogging about her life under the Taliban on BBC and later spoke up publicly about the rights of females which gained worldwide attention as well as the Taliban’s. To silence Malala, the Taliban carried out an attack by shooting her in the head, which she survived and still to this day fights for female rights.  


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