Equal Rights for Girls Education By: Audrey Burke

A civil rights issue today is how many girls around the world don't have the right to a proper education. This is a problem because everyone around the world no matter what gender or race, should be receiving good education for later in life. Everyone is created equal and should be getting equal rights. These girls in different countries are treated poorly and sometimes abused if they get seen with any form of books or school work. This is not okay because violence is never the answer. Overall this is a major issue today and should be resolved because equal right should be for everyone.

Some countries that don't include equal rights for girls in schooling include, India, the middle eastern, North Africa, Iran, Iraq, Syria and many others. These countries tend to limit their education rights/amounts because of their power, money or culture. They can also tend to think that purity for women is far more important for any education (prb.org). But sometimes these countries go overboard and perform unessacary punishments to the girls that try and get education. A real life example of this is Malala. She tried to stand up for the Taliban which is the group that takes away this right in Pakistan, but she unfortunately got shot. While she was leaving her school the Taliban found her and shot her because what she was doing was illegal and seen as "not okay" (I am Malala book).

Women in various countries not getting proper education rights is similar to a past act during the Civil Rights Movement. This example is how blacks were seen as different and weren't allowed to go to or do the same things as whites. This is similar to girls education in some countries, because the women are looked at as different and are also not allowed to do the same school work as males. An act that took place during the Civil Rights Movement was a lunch counter sit in. During these a few blacks would go into a whites only restaurant and sit down. The servers refuse to serve them and are told to leave immediately, they can also sometimes be physically harassed (A Time for Justice video). This act also tends to happen in other countries. There are normally very few girls at the school and also have a very large chance of getting physically harassed. Often times they can be beaten brutally, shoot or let off with a warning (which doesn't happen too often) (I am Malala book). Clearly, both of these issues are similar to one another because in both cases the side standing up for rights is be violated physically/mentally and are overall seen as different and unworthy.

A way women in other countries getting unequal education is different to the Civil Rights Act, is that they aren't speaking their voices out nearly as much as blacks did during the Civil Rights Movement. During this act blacks would protest on a daily like shown in the Bus Boycott, speeches by MLK, freedom rides, lunch sit ins, nine black students that went to an all white school and so many other events. All of these events show one aspect which is, in all of them no matter how hard the situation got they never stopped trying and continued to do crazy things and produce marches/protests on a daily (A Time for Justice video). The women however, were never this crazy. They tend to try and keep them going to school on the down low in case of the Taliban getting involved. The only major event where their schooling rights got stood up for was when Malala stood up for them. Because of her many people after decided to follow in her footsteps and make an impact on this situation. Although the impact made was never enough to fully stop this issue (I am Malala book and EFAGMR).

A business that is helping girls and women all around the world get proper education rights is called Care. Care focuses on many Civil Rights issues but girls education is high up on the list. Care creates unique ways to help girls get involved more with school and sets barriers on each topic being learned. Before a girl attends the school provided, Care makes sure it is a safe environment to learn along with healthy and beneficial to the student. They make sure each school where the girls are at, are kept with clean water and a decent food supply. For an everyday citizen to get involved, all that is needed to be done is donate. Donating can be as little as one dollar to as great as one thousand. By donating, this will help Care ensure that each girl going to school is getting a proper and safe education every time they attend school.

Works cited

Education For All Global Monitoring Report. "Girls Education- the Facts." Girls’ Education – the Facts 1st ser. 1.Girls Education (2013): 1-4. EFAGMR. 15 Oct. 2013. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.

Fustos, Kata M. "Despite Wide-Ranging Benefits, Girls' Education and Empowerment Overlooked in Developing Countries." Despite Wide-Ranging Benefits, Girls' Education and Empowerment Overlooked in Developing Countries. Kata Fustos, 2016. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.

Yousafzai, Malala, and Christina Lamb. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.

Guggenheim, Charles, Julian Bond, Catherine Shields, Michael Bacon, Matt Herron, Clifford Hunter, Flip Schulke, and Dan Weiner. A Time for Justice: America's Civil Rights Movement. , 2011. Internet resource.

Dfava. "Barriers to Education." CARE. Michelle, 15 July 2014. Web. 24 Mar. 2017.


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