After 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head for standing up for the right of every girl to go to school, the resulting outcry in Pakistan proved that attitudes toward women in my country can progress. Still, so much remains to be done, from education to law enforcement, to make a real difference — and the international community must do its part to help.
My heart weeps for Malala, and I continue to pray for her renewed health. At this time, Pakistan should also reflect on its own path of progress and renewal: on how far it has come, and on the great journey that lies ahead.
In 2002, I was gang-raped by a neighbouring clan carrying out “honour revenge.” Long after the physical wounds healed, the emotional scars endure. Also enduring is the memory that when I first raised my voice, bringing my case to the authorities in…
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