Women Education in Pakistan By: Matina Vasilatos

Education for girls in Pakistan is a big issue in our world. This is depriving girls the right to an education. The Taliban is a group that is trying to prevent girls from going to school. They have bombed girl schools and have shot anyone who has stood in their way. They shot a young girl in the head for speaking out about what she believed in for women's education. “In many societies, the obstacles keeping girls out of school or from realising their full potential are far greater than those faced by boys.” (The Guardian) This quote shows that girls education is more of a struggle than boy education.

This gender discrimination is only an issue for girls which shows that in Pakistan, girls are a minority. A terrorist group in Pakistan is the Taliban. This group wages war within some Middle Eastern countries. They also try to enforce that girls don't attend school. They have done many things to prevent young girls from attending schools such as bombings and shootings. Overall, one of the struggling civil rights issues of the world is that girls in Pakistan don't have a right to an education.

Pakistani girls fighting for their right to an education is very similar to the incident in the 1950’s of black children not being let into a public school. This event is now labeled as the Little Rock Nine. What happened was that nine African American students in the town of Little Rock Arkansas, were not let into a public high school. They were spit on and signs were made to protest against them going. These nine brave students persevered against the governor which resulted in them attending the high school and winning the segregation battle. In many black versus whites situations, “angry mobs were known to harass, beat, and even kill African Americans who dared to enter whites-only territory.” (Little Rock Girls book) In this quote it shows how, not only were the African American children not let into the schools, but they had their own ‘terrorists.’

The white people standing behind the African American student is clearly upset

The Taliban group and the white race (in the 1950’s) both act like terrorists. They both think that they are supreme and try to ban things from another group of people, in which they consider a minority. For the white race they wanted to try and limit black rights to attend school, work and ride public buses. They also segregated many public things. As for the Taliban they limit the girls rights in their attire, education and work as well. While they don't necessarily segregate girls and boys other than the schools, they put the men's rights ahead of the women's rights in Pakistan.

This is the terrorist group in Pakistan, the Taliban

While the Little Rock Nine Movement and education in Pakistan are very similar, there are some differences. One of the differences is that the Little Rock African American students eventually got to attend the school while girls in Pakistan are still struggling and fighting for their education. The only way that the Little Rock African American students got to attend school was because the US army escorted them to classes. An Arkansas Major guard said once, “we have been ordered to maintain the peace and that is what we intend to do." This man who said this was one of the men who escorted the students to their classes and someone who supported integrated schools.

This guard is the type of person who was fighting for the equal rights of the African American students. In Pakistan, there are no figures like this. In Pakistan, there is no difference being made by people who advocate for the children not in school. Overall, the Little Rock Nine incident and women education in Pakistan are similar in some ways but are also clearly different in many ways.

Education for girls in Pakistan is an ongoing fight for Civil Rights. There are no set organizations for improving the girls in school population. There is one strong advocate whose name is Malala Yousafzai. Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban for speaking out about the rights of education. Since then she has recovered and continued to speak out about the issue and write books on it. However this is clearly not impacting anything in Pakistan. There needs to be more organizations created for there to be a difference. Overall, the problem of Women education in Pakistan is a civil rights issue.

Works Cited

Bah, Chernor. "'Girls' Education Is the Global Civil Rights Issue of Our Time'." The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 11 Oct. 2015. Web. 20 Mar. 2017.

"Beyond Malala: Five Stories of Girls' Education in Pakistan | Oxfam America First Person Blog." First Person Blog. N.p., 22 Jan. 2014. Web. 20 Mar. 2017.

Karl, Jonathan. "Taliban Are Not Terrorists, or So Says the White House." ABC News. ABC News Network, n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2017.

"Malala Yousafzai Shot by Taliban." The New York Times. The New York Times, 12 Oct. 2012. Web. 20 Mar. 2017.

Tougas, Shelley. Little Rock Girl 1957: How a Photograph Changed the Fight for Integration. Mankato, MN: Compass Point, 2012. Print.


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