Benazir Bhutto was Pakistan’s first (and so far only) female Prime Minister. She served two terms and worked hard to change and develop the country, with emphasis on education, especially for girls. I have yet to read her autobiography (it is in my To Be Read pile), however you do get some insight to her thoughts in this book.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an amazing speaker and I highly recommend watching her TEDx Talk. This book, is 50 pages long. It is an abbreviated version of her TEDx Talk and it is a very interesting read. She explores the concept of feminism, but, in my opinion, in a different way.
This book changed the way I thought about the world and is part of the reason I choose to study International Relations and Middle Eastern Politics. Purdah, from what I have read and just googled, is the seclusion of women from public via concealing clothing and staying inside the home. I am sure this can be hard to imagine and I know as a Canadian teenager (I first read this in high school) I really did not understand why.
A word of caution for this novel: if you do not handle abuse against children well you should possibly find a lighter read. The entire novel is not about that, and in fact I think that it goes into more detail in her other novel Infidel but I just thought I would put out a warning. Ayaan Hirsi Ali writes about her current mission to bring awareness about certain practices of Islam that show an evil side to religion.
Before I give my comments on the book I have a few general comments* to make. Nahlah Ayed is a Canadian reporter for CBC, which is what drew me to the book. It is a cool feeling when you see someone on the news reporting from around the world and can go “Hey I read her book!”, definitely a fan-girl type moment. This book is also the recipient of the Governor Generals Literacy Award. It also gives some insight…