Mystical Raven: We need more people coming forward on this issue. I can assure you that Nyanza is not alone in this. India, the Middle East and other countries have the same disparity between the sexes and abuse of girls and women. Even growing up in America we had many battles to fight for women’s equality, though not as severe as in other countries. The only way to progress is to band together, stand up and speak out. My post on the Gulabi Gang demonstrates how women joined together in a common cause are a powerful force. Keep posting, keep speaking out. I will reblog your post and hope others who read it will do likewise. We have a great weapon today which we didn’t have in the 60’s and 70’s, the internet. Let’s use it for the dissemination of important information like this.
The first step to poverty eradication in third world countries today is girl child education. Simply put; in educating women, the community as a whole benefits. I have always said that the community benefits from girl child education but not once have I mentioned how! (Don’t worry in my next piece, I will tell you how). Today however I feel inspired to share some of the challenges that face girl child education. Currently, there are common challenges that cut across all third world countries and affect both boy child and girl child. In my country for instance, all children who mug up in ‘polling stations’ a.k.a public schools face challenges that are deeply rooted to a history of reckless, primitive political decisions and misplaced priorities. (I don’t want to get into that right now; it subjects me to pains that are too grim to contemplate).
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