Being a fellow Muslim, I was indeed intrigued and awed by the courage of this young girl who is brave enough to state out what is wrong with her count...moreBeing a fellow Muslim, I was indeed intrigued and awed by the courage of this young girl who is brave enough to state out what is wrong with her country and strive for education to be available for all.
Coming from a country where education is a main priority and females over populated the men in schools,colleges and universities, I was indeed aghast to discovered that in certain parts of the world, women are being treated as second class citizens. It brought a tear to my eyes, how Malala and her friends struggled to continue their education despite the horrors of war, earthquake and ongoing power struggle between the military and the Islamic militants in Pakistan. Certainly Malala owed much of her courage from her own father who is an education activist and is the owner of a private school. Their family background and details about the Swat Valley is described vividly in the book and readers get to know more about the places that she have lived and been to.
This book should be given out to every teens so that they would realised how important an education is and not to think of schooling so lightly. I felt so grateful to be able to live in a country where although the majority are Muslims, the women are not banned from attending schools and told to stay at homes to serve the men. Thank you, Malala for bringing attention to your plight. Isn't it ironic that instead of silencing Malala with the gunshot, the Taliban instead have given her an even bigger voice that have been heard the world over.(less)
As an avid follower of her blog and an occasional reader of her newspaper column, I felt compelled to read this book. I have never met Marina Mahathir...moreAs an avid follower of her blog and an occasional reader of her newspaper column, I felt compelled to read this book. I have never met Marina Mahathir in person but I'm generally in awe with this woman. She has the guts to comment and criticize Malaysian government and policies for quite some time now without fear of prejudice or prosecution.
The book is divided into several themes; and the theme that is of interest to me is certainly Gender Policies. I love how articulate Marina is in her writings and although most of her articles are just a few paragraphs long, we get the gist of her thoughts. Eventhough I did not necessarily agree with all her arguments and points but I have to hand it to her for having the courage to say what she thinks which is wrong with the country. But I really must concur on her views regarding the general state of our education system and also the many limitations put upon by Malaysian society towards its female citizens.
Particularly on the fact that working women did not receive much support or understanding from the men..yes that is too common. Females are the majority in Malaysian universities and we earned distinguished degrees but we are still required to cook and clean when we came home from work. Gender bias? Tell me about it. It is too long ingrained on the minds of men (and yes women too) that the proper place for a women is in the kitchen. So what's the point of telling us to study hard and sending us to colleges then?Why not just send us of to finishing schools or even to culinary academy?
Now, I'm left wondering and desperately waiting for a female Minister or even politician to have even half of the intelligence/bravery of our dear Marina Mahathir.
P/S: My dear hubby, I love you but I'm just too tired (and lazy) to cook after work every day. Sorry. :)(less)
I received a free digital copy of this through Netgalley. Thanks! I'm sure this is going to be a very controversial read for Moslems everywhere.The st...moreI received a free digital copy of this through Netgalley. Thanks! I'm sure this is going to be a very controversial read for Moslems everywhere.The story is seen through the eyes of an Afghan poet who later convert to Christianism.The trials and tribulations that this man suffered is indeed harrowing and the existence and level of violence in Afghanistan is shocking to the core. What is ironic is that he is treated badly even before he converted and even more later on.
What is apparent is that the Poet is a very peaceful man and he does not understand and detests the extremists in the country. He's also very supportive of women and love his two wives dearly and condemn the vile treatment of women in his country. The story traces his background from his early childhood through his adult years. Truthfully, sometimes it's very hard to read such gritty account of gore and violence that I stopped a couple of times. The fact that his own brother wanted to kill him for believing him to be a Christian when he is still a Moslem is scary! Seriously sometimes I hope that this is a fictional tale created just to show how bad the conditions in Afghanistan because I have a hard time believing that it was really that terrible out there.
After reading this, I cannot help but be so grateful living in a such peaceful and free country and felt very sad that a fellow Moslem should lose his faith because of of the fact that he experience nothing good coming out from the practice of the Moslem extremists in Afghanistan. It was indeed an eye opener for me.(less)