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Taliban And Women’s Education Essay

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Women in America do not have to worry about a terrorist group coming and taking their rights away. They have a government that protects them from these groups and makes sure they have the same rights as others. In the Middle East, especially Afghanistan and Pakistan, women are scared to speak too loudly. These women live in fear each day of their lives because if they make one small mistake it could mean their life. Yet there are some people who are fighting for women’s rights, especially women’s education. Malala Yousafzai is one of the girls who fight for women’s education. Malala, at the age of eleven years old, began writing a blog for BBC Urdu. The blog described how she was upset that women’s education would be forced to stop. Malala also appeared on national television talking about women’s education. She has become a symbol of resistance against the Taliban. Even after Malala was put on the Taliban’s hit list, she still spoke out about what she felt needed to be said. Malala would give her life for this cause, and she almost did. On October 9, 2012 Malala was on her way back home from her morning classes when a man walked on to her bus and asked, “Who is Malala”. When she said it was her he shot her and the bullets hit her head and her leg. They shot her because she was promoting western culture in Pashtun areas. Another case is of Mukhtar Mai who stood up for women’s rights and was sexually assaulted by multiple men with orders from the tribal council. The tradition in Mukhtar’s tribe was that a woman who is sexually assaulted by multiple men should kill herself but, instead of committing suicide she fought for the cause (Samira 28-30). Although the Taliban restricts women’s education for religious purposes, the government should fight for women’s education to help prevent poverty, disease, and eradicate violence because there are many obstacles to women have to face to have an education.
The reason for the Taliban being so strict and harsh about women’s rights is the same for every religious extremist. Like the Jewish Pharisees in the New Testament of the Bible, and Christians throughout time who have hurt others, for example the Holocaust, they do it because they believe that God has given them the rights and laws to do this. The Taliban...

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