Malala Day is to promote the education of women and the stand of this gallant girl shot three times on her school bus by the Taliban for daring to publicly want such a thing (read more about that in previous blog here). Gordon Brown has set this day in his capacity as special UN envoy for education, and is visiting Pakistan this weekend to hand in an internationally signed million strong petition to encourage Pakistan’s Government to do so.
However, just as I mentioned that children are being beaten in the UK to memorise the Koran, the lack of education in some Muslim households is happening at home. Irna Qureshi writes from personal experience about the attitude to educating women:
Not only would schooling broaden a girl’s mind, it might also provoke her to rebel against the system, thereby also dishonouring the clan. I have heard uncles say:
Why would I want to teach my daughter how to write? So she can write love letters?
Aisha’s father was unable to appreciate the value of schooling his daughter so he chose to terminate her compulsory education. He was also deeply uncomfortable about his 14 year old daughter coming into contact with the opposite sex in the classroom.
The education of women is truly an international but a domestic concern to.
Follow on post: Malala addresses United Nations
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog