During a workshop I held at Mottagningskolan Mosaik, a school in Malmö, Sweden for newly immigrated teens, I met some amazing girls. These girls from Afghanistan, Sudan, Somalia, and Syria shared their views on girls’ rights and education, the importance of gender equality and the strength of women in the societies where they are from. We discussed what barriers there are to girls attending school and what we can do to make a difference for girls all around the world.
All the girls in that workshop are an inspiration to me, they are leaders, change makers and strong, wonderful young women that I believe will inspire you too.
Salma, 15, writes:
(translated to English from Swedish)
My home country is Somalia and I am born in Mogadishu. When I came to Sweden, it was summer and warm, almost like in my home country. It was difficult to leave my family. I have 8 siblings, a mother and a father. My parents decided that I should move to Europe for the safety of myself and my family. I went to school in Mogadishu, and my favorite subjects are English and Math. Now, I want to learn Swedish, so I can continue to study here in Sweden. In my free time I enjoy being with my sister and her children, I like baking, making pizza and listening to music.
On the subject of girls’ education, Salma says:
A life without education, is like an ocean without water.
Yara, 14, from Syria
Yara wrote a text about what a woman is. She reads this text (in English) in the following film, encouraging us all to see the power of a woman, and at least, respect her.
Give (a girl) a book, a pen, the right education and she will save the world…
Yara and Salma are two girls from different parts of the world, but are both raising their voices for girls’ education, together with many other girls. They are part of an art and photo exhibition focusing on newly immigrated youth, their dreams and hopes for the future. Girls’ Globe took part in a special edition of the exhibition focusing specifically on girls and girls’ right to education.
Zeinab, 15, from Afghanistan says:
(translated from Swedish to English)
In my country I was not allowed to go to school, but now I can. School means everything to me, in school my future is created.
On her arms, in the picture below, Zeinab has written, “freedom to say what you want”.
Basant, 15, from Sudan says:
Raising our voices is a first step towards change. Let’s continue to empower each other to stand up for what’s right and what’s a human right: girls’ education.
- Have a look at my post, Education: A Girls’ Human Right, featuring the Girls’ Globe infographic on girls and education.
- Are you in Malmö, Sweden? Check out the exhibition at Malmö University’s Library Orkanen, until August 10th, 2013.
- For Swedish speakers, you can see more films from the exhibition and news of its whereabouts on this blog.
- See more photos from the exhibition on Girls’ Globe’s Flickr.