Today's Quotes

"Champions have the courage to keep turning the pages because they know a better chapter lies ahead."

~Paula White


I dedicate this section to all the women who struggleagainst machismo in order to further their education. Here is hoping youfind here a light in your path.


"Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to whatthey think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What youbelieve, you can achieve."
Mary Kay Ash

I don't know where my hunger for an education came from maybe from seeing my dad reading the newspapers and magazines everyday or my parents taking us to the library as a source of entertainment when we were children where I discovered the world in books.  

But where ever it came from there it was.  I guess I also saw it as my out from an oppressive male chauvinistic society where I lived where women's highest aspirations where to be as beautiful, dutiful and clever to land a husband.  I saw education like many girls in my circle saw marriage as an out, as freedom from male dominance.  I couldn't see marriage giving me that freedom; it seemed to me that marriage would just substitute my father’s male dominance for another.

So, I grabbed onto education as if it was the last drop of water in the desert.  I went to the university at 17, never having even left my house for sleepovers.  It wasn't easy to find myself in an Anglo-Saxon culture so different from my own, where independence was the norm, in contrast to the dependence in my large family.  

So I longed for the weekends when I could go home, even though every time I went I had to hear the relentless browbeating from my father, who could not accept that I had left home, that I lived on my own.  He would tell me the education was not going to do me any good, that I should stay home and work in the fields like everyone else had.  "Who did I think I was?"  

But I put up with it, because staying alone in the dorm in a commuter campus was even more painful to a person so used to being surrounded by family. 

To be continued…

P.E.O International - A philanthropic organization of women that celebrate the advancement of women; educate through scholarships, grans and awards.

Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship fund - Awarding scholarships to low-income women 35+

World Education -
Various projects and scholarship resources for girls and women.

Gender Equality Online -the first online forum dedicated to all things gender and development.

Promoting Education and Employment for Women - PDF - as Foundations for Effective Human Trafficking Prevention

Access to Higher Education for Women -Timor-Leste Radio Series behaviour change campaign

Boostup - gibes potential graduates at-risk of dropping out the support they need



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