girl rising Stories
Girls are silenced by society. In cultures like Amina's, they are physically silenced. In Amina's culture, once a girl is considered a woman, they must wear a shawl. This shawl has masked and muted many. Other cultures, like Mariama's, look down upon on girls who have something to say. When they do speak out, it makes a fuss.
THERE ARE MANY CULTURES THAT BELIEVE THAT BOYS ARE BETTER THAN GIRLS- THAT THEY ARE WORTH MORE, ENTITLED TO MORE. GIRLS ARE SEEN AS A BURDEN, OR A GOOD THAT CAN BE SOLD. IT'S BELIEFS AND VALUES LIKE THESE THAT HINDER EDUCATION FOR GIRLS.
With these girls being forced to work, they don't have the time to get an education. In the rare cases that they do get schooling, it's either for only a couple years or from the pity of master, both of which are uncommon. Instead of learning to read and write, they are taking care of other children and animals, doing hard labor, serving, and doing household chores. Along with this work, these girls get abused, both physically and verbally. The masters have no sympathy, feeding the girls scraps and making them sleep outside. The belief that girls are lesser coupled with the fact that they need to work to provide is what cuts out the possibility of education. It is seen as not necessary, especially because of the life of servitude they are expected to lead. However, these girls have a desire to learn and it is unfair that they are missing out on an opportunity simply because of their gender.