Wednesday, 28 November 2012

UNESCO to honour Malala's stand for Education by celebrating an International Day

Both genders, men and women, are meant to be equal.But, In male dominated, economically weak societies and countries, women are suppressed and are made to submit to male dominance. This had been the way of the world and in some countries it still is. Women are deprived of a voice. They are ill-treated and kept far away from the world of education, law and politics. However, as times are changing, women, all around the world need to be given rights that have been kept away from. And the winds of change are blowing in their favour. They are now given importance, a voice and power to match up to the “dominant” gender.

Deprivation of education- A violation of human rights

The first and most important step that needs to be taken is to provide girls and women in “poor” or economically unstable countries, with education. Every human being is said to be equal and every human being regardless of their gender, has a right to education. This right has been taken away from the “weaker gender” so that they remain in the dark. The deprivation of education is also a violation of human rights.

Women are deprived of the knowledge of law so that men can continue assaulting them, physically and mentally. As women do not know of the steps they can take against violence and assault they succumb to it without voicing their opinion. A fourteen year old girl, MalalaYousufzal, was brutally attacked for wanting to claim her right and that of other women, to education. A girl was faced with brutality and violence because she voiced her opinion and wanted to claim her right to education. She wanted to take what was hers. Her brave step and its consequence, brought to the forefront the torture womankind, in less developed countries, have to go through.

Was the protest a risk worth taking?

The case of Malala Yousufzal was an eye opener to the world. It proved that violence against women still prevails in the world. UNESCO wants to salute Malala’s courageous act by promoting education among girls. They will also,“ stage a high-level advocacy event aimed at mobilising ‘deeper commitment’ to educating girls and celebrating the “courage of young girls like Malala Yousufzai”
(Source: thenews.com.pk)

The Director-General, UNESCO, Irina Bokova, made this announcement marking “International Day forthe Elimination of Violence against Women, 2012”. The UN General Assembly allocated November 25, as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The aim of this day is to raise awareness about violence and torture against women. This day historically came from the day the three Mirabal sisters, were brutally assassinated on the orders of Rafael Trujillo of the Dominican Republic in 1960.