Something Inspirational

July 9th, 2008 • Kate

No funny pictures, just a fascinating article in The New York Times on child brides in Yemen asking for and getting divorces.

One morning last month, Arwa Abdu Muhammad Ali walked out of her husband’s house here and ran to a local hospital, where she complained that he had been beating and sexually abusing her for eight months.
That alone would be surprising in Yemen, a deeply conservative Arab society where family disputes tend to be solved privately. What made it even more unusual was that Arwa was 9 years old.

I first came across this when a friend linked to a website talking about the article, which has some very interesting discussion going in the comments. For my part, while the custom is barbaric, I can’t help but read this and beam with delight. If young girls can do this, what can’t they do?
Something to remember when you’re writing books for them.

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3 Responses to “Something Inspirational”

  1. beth Says:

    I LOVE the positive comments you had on the end of this post. Thank you!

  2. Alyson Noel Says:

    Wow- thanks for sharing that.

  3. Julia Says:

    Powerful. Girls/women like Arwa are the ones who are changing the world. As writers, we need to remember this.