Sometimes girls don't go to school because they don't feel safe. Shalu Shrivastava is seventeen, and she lives in India. Where she lives girls are scared to go to school or the market, and they are scared of domestic violence and teasing. They don't feel safe. No one should be afraid to step out side of their house. For Yaweta (age fifteen) who lives in Malawi, her school and especcially the bathrooms are not girl friendly. As a rusalt, many of the girls in Yaweta's school go home to use the bathroom and don't come back for the rest of the day. This means that they are losing out on their chance to learn.
What is Happening
School is important. It impacts your furture and opens lots of new opertunities. According to Thandiwe Diego, age eigthteen, who lives in Belize, when you have the knowledge that you need to make decisions, you can make smart decisions. (www.theguardia.com).
If all women had a primary education, then they would be more likely to survive childbirth. Maternal deaths would then go down by two-thirds, and 98,000 lives would be saved. There would also be fifteen% less child deaths.
With an education, there would be a smaller gap between men and women. Curently, a woman who has education earns about fifty% of what men make. (en.unesco.org)
Pakistan is where Malala grew up.
Ana Waqatabu Liganisulu lives in Fiji. In her village, girls are considered "fragile". When they try to speak up, they are told to be a "girl" , sit still, and listen to their elders. Ana Waqatabu Liganisulu wants a voice; she wants have a say in things and be heard.
Where she lives, when girls are kicked out of school, there is no going back. They have to work at home. There are no second chances and opportunities. "It is shocking that pregnant teenage girls are forced to leave school while boys are able to walk freely around" (www.the guardian.com)
Ana Waqatabu Ligisulu wants all girls to realize that they don't just have to stay at home and do all the chores. She wants them to know that they have a voice and that what they have to say is important. One big problem is that girls are used to doing what they are told. They just let themselves be told what to do and they don't make many big effort to change things. It is like they will do what they always have done(being tould what to do) and won't try to achieve their dreams. Ana Waqatabu Liganisulu wants that to change.
Unequal Schooling / Women and Girls' Rights