It shouldn’t be necessary. There should be no need for young girls to have to speak out for their own equality. If men are to be the leaders, then they have done a poor job of it. Leaders do not have to step on the backs of girls.
Yet they do.
A young girl in Pakistan began speaking out for girls’ rights to an education when she was only 11 years old. She blogged under a pseudonym. But where there is a will, there is a way, and she was found out. This week she was targeted and shot. Her attackers vow to continue to target her. They will shut her up, one way or the other.
In India, child marriages “denies a girl of her childhood, disrupts her education, limits her opportunities, and increases her risk to be a victim of violence (in other words, her husband will beat her), and jeopardizes her heath,” the United Nations wrote to India’s Women and Child Development Minister Krisna Tirath.
This is a world-wide problem of the treatment of young girls and women.
We rattle our mouths about it as I saw on a website recently. What we fail to do is connect it to ourselves. When the churches in the United States unite and declare girls and women to be equal in fullness and service before the Lord and in their churches, maybe then we will be able to tell other countries what to do about the female population.
Of course we can’t wait for that to happen. So we must speak out where we can. But it is not those who claim divine right to be leaders who are doing it.
From what I see, leadership is only to keep women under control.
It takes courage, and I am not sure I have that much courage, but we must speak out. Let’s start in our own country and in our own churches. Will you join me in this fight for women’s equality? Will you pray for this young girl who so boldly spoke out? Will you pray for India’s Minister Krisna Tirath?