Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate very quoted: “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.”
Feminism has altered predominant perspectives in a wide range of areas within Western society, ranging from culture to law. Feminist activists have campaigned for women’s legal rights (rights of contract, property rights, voting rights) for women’s right to bodily integrity and autonomy, for abortion rights, and for reproductive rights (including access to contraception and quality prenatal care) for protection of women and girls from domestic violence, sexual harassment and rape, for workplace rights, including maternity leave and equal pay, against misogyny, and against other forms of gender-specific discrimination against women.
When it comes to feminism, I remember an incident, which transformed me from a far away that I was to what I am at the present today. Thousand splendid suns, a book by Khaled Hosseini gave a reason to me to think about the thousand reasons why women are being violated in different areas either it is in a form of abortion, female foeticide or being a victim of domestic violence.
I was gifted this book by one of my friends. Initially, I somehow didn’t like it due to its cover page and it was not the genre that I regularly prefer to read. But when I started reading it, I was awed by the writing style and the subject of the book as its later pages unfolds the saga of Afghani women, the discrimination they face and the trauma that no one could uphold for their rights as humans in their own country.
The narration of the situations of Afghani women gave me jitters and goose bumps as it was very horrifying. Education in Afganistan for women is a great issue. The literacy rate for women is very low as compared to male. In the early twentieth century, education for women was extremely rare due to the lack of schools for girls. Occasionally, girls were able to receive an education on the primary level but they never moved past the secondary level. But, thanks to Malala Yousafzai who fought for the right of women education and made it her passion to seek women empowerment for one and for all in Afghanistan.
It’s a must read book, specially for all feminist as it unfolds the saga of tyranny and oppression on women in Afghanistan. The book also narrates the anguish and agony amongst hijab clad Afghani females who are trying to fight for their rights and their identity in the society.
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