If there ever is to be the age of women in the world, perhaps now more than ever is the tipping point. The Boko Haram kidnapping of schoolgirls in Nigeria marks a low point for all humanity. Malala Yousafzai endured much pain and suffering before those schoolgirls when she was a victim of Pakistani Taliban. The source of evil are “men” who wish to define the world by villainous rules cloaked as religious belief. Mythology created by “men” in the name of God is erroneous fabrication. The spirit of humankind lives in equality for all, liberty, and life in pursuit of well being. For certain, humanity needs rules that protect these inalienable rights, and attempts at codifying them such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is in the correct direction. Yet, signatories to this declaration today include nations that practice and harbor violations to that code. How can humanity enforce protections for innocent people, some of which live in remote areas apparently out of reach of protection?
The story lead here is about women and their desperate need for humanity to ensure their equality and protection as our mothers, sisters, and fellow citizens of the world. Women share the outrage in all places in the world today. Women need to be represented equally in government and society. Their emergence into the highest office of government will be an indication that women have achieved equal empowerment.
“Malala Yousafzai: 'Girls in Nigeria are my sisters'
May 7th, 2014
02:07 PM ET
Malala Yousafzai, the world’s most famous advocate for girls’ right to education, tells CNN's Christiane Amanpour that "girls in Nigeria are my sisters."
Yousafzai survived an assassination attempt by the Pakistani Taliban in her native country in 2012. The group targeted her because of our outspoken support for girls' education.
She says that Boko Haram, which kidnapped nearly 300 girls in Nigeria, does not understand Islam.
"I think they haven’t studied Islam yet, they haven’t studied Quran yet, and they should go and they should learn Islam," she told Amanpour from Birmingham, in the UK, where she has been living and attending school. (She is now the face of The Malala Fund.)
"I think that they should think of these girls as their own sisters. How can one imprison his own sisters and treat them in such a bad way?"
Many people may not draw the same conclusion of Malala who is faithful to her interpretation of her religion. For some, separation of religion from government and assurance of freedom to believe what you want is more important than trying to rescue religion that is a creation of men.