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by mozajadeed | October 5, 2010 at 11:34 PM
I love that you making sure your voice is heard on the radio, on a blog and eventually at your own girl's school. I would wish you luck, but you have something better, smarts and determination. You will be successful.
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Thanks JT. I appreciate it.
Hats off to you for working hard to overcome the challenges in your culture. I applaud your vision in wanting to start the girls' leadership academy. Every girl needs to learn to be self reliant and respect herself.
Thanks Harinees for your words of encouragement. I appreciate it.
I commend you for your efforts and for what you understand you need to do to be heard. Your barriers are immense, a culture that does not understand "different but equal", and the fact that you had not had the opportunity to study Islamic law. I am happy that you have found scholars who will help you do so. I am impressed by your patience and intelligence. To start with the dream of a school for girls/woman and to see it to fruition takes so much determination. I wonder what started you on your journey...what gave you this strength and hope. And for you to be so public is very brave. I have much respect for you.
Thanks for your lovely words. Sorry, I had a report to hand in and could not reply to your post soon.
Experience is the mother of all teachers. When you go through things in life - positive or negative - it is a privilege: a chance to learn. I am so lucky that my dad took me to school and allowed me to reach university. Many girls in my location did not get this opportunity. They ended up in primary or high school. Some never finished. The reasons are many: lack of funds, strong will and encouragement. My dad did not have funds. But he had the will and courage to see me to school. He or life, therefore, subtly told me that I could get anything I want in this world - regardless of my situation. This is the lesson I got. And now I have to give back to my community. I cannot allow another generation, another set of girls to miss school because of lack of funds, strong will and encouragement. I will not choose for them what to do. But I what to give them the means, the understanding that they can make their own choices about their lives. Informed choices.
5 years ago, the British Council selected me into a leadership programme. I was the youngest - in age and professional experience - among successful leaders in business and community work. That BC saw greatness in me and molded me into a better person humbles me everyday. I now want to bring the greatness in others - particularly girls. I am female. I can identify with them. I am no different from them. And they can be great or better than me. This is one of my purposes in life. We are all here for a reason.
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