Because I'm a girl: violence against women
In 2002, Mukhtar Mai, a rural Pakistani woman from a remote part of the Punjab, was gang-raped by order of her tribal council as punishment for her younger brother's alleged relationship with a woman from another clan. Instead of committing suicide or living in shame, Mukhtar spoke out, fighting for justice in the Pakistani courts.
Further defying custom, she started two schools for girls in her village and a crisis center for abused women.
Her story, included in the bestseller "Half the Sky" by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, and the subject of Mukhtar's own memoir, "In the Name of Honor", keeps inspiring women across the globe.
- Wendy Marijnissen
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