This short introduction to the television show is comical and seems interesting to many different age groups. It highlights a teacher in a burka helping the children and trying to stop bad people. It shows that gender has nothing to do with the ability to defend and help someone. If this woman can do it in a burka, anyone could. I think it will show a positive message in Pakistan where gender equality isn't fully understood. While many people will treat it as just another crime-fighting television show, hopefully some children will take some positive messages away.
Just another great example of how much Muslim culture and beliefs play a role in these womens' everyday lives. These women do not have equal rights to men, and many are standing up against this. I hope that in our lifetime, we will see the day Muslim men and women will have equal rights. I think these women are very courageous to go against their government for something they truely want and believe in.
"Private girls' schools are now allowed to hold sports activities in accordance with the rules of Shariah, or Islamic law. Students must adhere to 'decent dress' codes and Saudi women teachers will be given priority in supervising the activities, according to the Education Ministry's requirements. The decision makes sports once again a stage for the push to improve women's rights, nearly a year after two Saudi female athletes made an unprecedented appearance at the Olympics." This news comes at a time when Saudi Arabia has allowed women to ride bikes (sort of).
Tags: Saudi Arabia, culture, gender, religion, Middle East.
In a country this battered, fractured, dysfunctional – how much can she really hope to achieve?
The issue of female education in Pakistan has exploded after Malala Yousafzai was attacked by the Taliban for publicly advocating for girls to receive more schooling. This attack has lead several media outlets to take a more serious look at the gendered cultural and economic opportunities (or lack thereof) for girls within Pakistan. This NPR podcast also speaks of the real options in front of so many girls like Malala and the cultural and political contexts within which they navigate their lives.
Tags: gender, South Asia, podcast, culture, Islam, development, unit 3 culture, education.
How much can one girl really do in trying to gain education for women in Pakistan? Well for starters, she has brought them hope. Hope for a better future, and hope for education in the future. She has started a revolution for her people and is not afraid to stand for what she believes should be allowed in her country. Knowledge is power, and she is fighting for every woman to gain knowledge and become a powerful member of their society.
This political cartoon is just another great example of how different cultures are across the globe. Here in America, we are told that the appropriate swimwear to wear to the beach only covers about a third of our body. Where as in the Middle East, wearing a burka is what they are told is the right type of clothing to wear. Whether it be for religious, cultural, or fashionable reasons, women wear all types of clothing and I don't believe it is directly due to male influence. There are many things that could cause this influence such as the church, family, or the media. Yet as the cartoon says, each woman thinks the men in that country are forcing them into wearing clothes like that and their culture is dominated by men. I guess it just shows the different perspectives each culture can have.
In this exclusive, unedited interview, "I Am Malala" author Malala Yousafzai remembers the Taliban's rise to power in her Pakistani hometown and discusses he...
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This courageous young woman is speaking out about how women are not allowed to be educated in her Pakistani hometown. A group of terrorists called the Talaban have been terrorizing her town for a very long time, and have even shot her in the face. But this has not stopped her. She is not afraid, and knows she must get her message to as many people as possible. She feels the greatest power of all is education and knowledge, and that is why the Talaban do not want these people to recieve an education, because then they could be defeated. This young girl is truely ispirational and it is no surprise she has been nominated for a nobel peace prize. Like many other women in her country, all she wants is the right to get an education and she isn't concerenced with the lengths she will have to go to get it.
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