We shouldn't judge people through the prism of our own stereotypes.
For many, the hijab represents modesty, piety and devotion to God, and I truly respect that. But the hijab should not be used as a means of applying social pressure on people.
Being popular comes when you have everything. But to be liked, it means that you must be treating people with respect and you must be showing kindness toward them.
Children keep us in check. Their laughter prevents our hearts from hardening. Their dreams ensure we never lose our drive to make ours a better world. They are the greatest disciplinarians known to mankind.
Values are the shields that you carry throughout life and it protects you from whatever life throws at you.
If one girl with courage is a revolution, imagine what feats we can achieve together.
A woman caring for her children; a woman striving to excel in the private sector; a woman partnering with her neighbors to make their street safer; a woman running for office to improve her country - they all have something to offer, and the more our societies empower women, the more we receive in return.
At the end of the day, the position is just a position, a title is just a title, and those things come and go. It's really your essence and your values that are important.
Educate a woman and you educate her family. Educate a girl and you change the future.
Learning to read and write changes lives; it means jobs, money, health, and dreams fulfilled.
Last Update: 6 February 2023
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