Day of the Girl
10/11/2012 4:27:00 AM
Today is October 11th, the first International Day of the Girl, created by the United Nations last December. A note from the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters says this day is to put a spotlight on issues girls experience just because they are girls. If they had a poster child, it would have to be 14 year old Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan. The Taliban wants her dead. They shot her in the head and neck but she is still alive and the Taliban vows to finish her off. Why do they declare war on this child? She dares to suggest girls should get an education. The Taliban has already closed or destroyed hundreds of schools and poisoned or thrown acid in the faces of girls daring to better themselves. We’ve been hearing about this for years, but now the issue has a human face, Malala Yousafzai. Various world leaders are calling her attempted assassination barbaric and cowardly. There are some brave women demonstrating in the streets against the attack. At what point does the entire region rise up and take on the Taliban? What does it take for slaves to rise up against their masters? Let me know what you think, on this, the International Day of the Girl.
By the way, on the topic of women having the opportunity to reach their full potential, my wife Marg, and I will be speaking at the Women's Wellness Event in Barrhead, November 2nd. http://www.facebook.com/WomensWellnessDay
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