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Women and Education

For some people, education is a privilege and take it for granted. But for some, it is a necessity and the only thing that could help them achieve their true potential. For centuries now education has been a primary human need. It helps in shaping your mind and quality education helps in a better future of a person.

Living in the 21st Century, it is hard to imagine that even the basic rights of human beings are not fulfilled in some parts of the world. In addition to that, there are so many problems in the world that needs to be fixed and above all those problems stands empowering women and giving them equal rights and opportunities as men. Educating and empowering women has always been a highly discussed topic among everyone and many people always tend to cringe their foreheads whenever this topic is opened for discussion. But the thing people miss about educating women is how it brings a positive change in everyday lives of everyone.

Even today women all over the world are not treated equal and are behind men in almost every field. They are paid lesser than men doing the same work and many a time neglected. In underdeveloped countries, parents choose not to educate their daughters assuming it is expensive and a waste as daughters leave their houses after marriage and they get back nothing. So instead of human beings, women are taken as a commodity and forced to drop out of schools. The major reasons behind it are poverty, child marriage, and teenage pregnancy.

All over the world, there are numerous stories of how women fall victim to poverty, rape, pregnancy, and child marriages forcing them to leave schools and abandon education. Like the stories of women from Sierra Leona, which is one of the most undeveloped countries in the world, who long to go to school and continue their education so they could have a better future and provide a better life for their families. Instead, they are out on the street making money to take care of their children and themselves. Or the women from the conflict-affected countries where they are banned from going to schools and get an education. Instead, they are forced to get married and look after their families.

But there are also some heroic stories of women who stood up for their rights and went on empowering themselves and people around them. One of those stories is of 17-year-old Sheskalo Pandey from Kapilvastu, Nepal who, according to her parents was supposed to drop out of school at the age of 14 in order to get married. Instead, she came up with a business proposal to help her pay the fees and stay in school.  Because of the daring step she took, she could help other girls from her village to stand up for their right and look out for themselves.

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Another such story is of a woman named Navil Kumari who became a known figure in her hometown of Rajasthan, India after working hard to educate women in her community. She was blessed to have a father who believed in educating daughters so she could complete high school. She volunteered to encourage young women from her village to go to schools and enlighten their families about the importance of education. The task wasn’t very easy in the beginning as people were not very supportive of her and her actions, but as the time passed she was able to convince more people and able to establish a school.

There are many such heroic stories of how women have been able to turn things around and stand up for what is right for them. From social activists to celebrities, there are people all over the world fighting for the rights of women and succeeding to some extent. But there is still a long way to go to be fully able to see each and every girl all around the world attending schools and getting what they deserve. The first thing to do is to keep an open mind and know that everyone is equal. And then only it is possible to accept that women deserve a quality education and equality just like men do.
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