“All the time I was being suffocated all I could think of was… my five-year old son is watching this.”
“Having control over the basic aspects of my life is still something I find difficult to accept and believe. But at last the world is my oyster and I can follow my dreams.”
The Official 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign runs from 25th November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10th December, Human Rights Day.
"In Egypt I regularly spoke about liberalism, human rights, equality, child rights, LGBT rights, and more. Since arriving in America, I have been able to continuously witness the living, breathing applications of these values."
In collaboration with Adobe's Project 1324, the #withMalala Challenge is a new global digital art project expressing why girls' secondary education matters.
"In my two-week journey I met pilgrims who were dogmatically going through the motions and others who were busy finding mistakes in what others were doing and going out of their way to educate everyone on the “right way” of being a Muslim."
"It was really difficult to grow up as a refugee, in addition to being fatherless. I keenly remember Parents Day, which was celebrated in my elementary school. I remained standing alone and lost. It was a cruel holiday."
"As a young, single tribal woman, I was pretty low in that pecking order, virtually invisible, and disenfranchised. Like most women, I was at the mercy and whims of the patriarchs who are, by law, responsible for me and my welfare."
Aga Khan University honored 3 Muslim Women of Peace in New York for their exemplary commitment to peace, education, and working for a better world.
"Thus I grew up amidst this clash of modernization versus conservatism, old versus new, religion verses ego. My presentations taught me much about my fellow Americans, much about myself, and much about the world we live in today."
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