The lottery of birth
The lottery of birth

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The lottery of birth

3.3.1 ‘It’s a girl!’

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Figure 15 Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate.

So far in the course you have looked at the progress, albeit patchy, and at a reduction in the horrors of our past, and at some traumatic experiences that still exist.

You have looked in particular at how the lives of some girls and women have been transformed (think about girls in the Khan family) but many other girls and women are still a long way from living safely in a gender equal society (think about the FGM video).

Activity 3.3

Imagine that tomorrow, your baby daughter is born. Consider these questions:

  • What changes would you like to see over her lifetime that would mean that she is less disadvantaged by being born female?
  • The private and public lives of women have been profoundly altered in the last century and these will hugely benefit most girls born today, including yours. But do you think this could be reversed – if so what could reverse it?

Write a paragraph explaining your views.

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