Today, girls are abducted with rape, acid attacks and kidnapping. These are young girls. In Nigeria, schoolgirls have been violated by Boko Haram Islamists. This is a militant Islamist group fighting to overthrow the government and create an Islamic state. A 17 year old Pakistani activist for female education, named Malala Yousafzai, was shot. In 2010, girls from Somali were taken out of school and forced to marry Shabaab fighters. In 2013, there were acid attacks and poisoning in Pakistan and Afghanistan. In Central America, there are similar gang related attacks on women. The list goes on and is even increasing in these countries. Many of the attacks are made because of religion or culture. All of these attacks are because of discrimination against women. The majority of them between 2009 and 2014 involved rape and abduction. The amount of attacks in some countries are increasing.
For some reason, it’s still wrong for a girl to strive for an education. So wrong that those against it feel the need to take action and abuse the girls who are trying. I may not know these people’s religion but I have not heard one reason that has convinced me that women should not receive education just as much as men.