Girls don’t go to school. Girls belong at home in the kitchen.
Now, my mum tells me that she was ashamed. She wanted to be like the American parents. 'I’m sorry,' she said. 'I wish I could read to you and Omar.'
Every time my mother stammered, she lashed out. She told her tutor that she needed to cook lunch for my brother and me, and that it was time for them to leave.
I needed her to check my work before I embarrassed myself again. She looked down at the paper, confused and ashamed, just like I was in class. She couldn't help me.
(My daughter) will know that being a girl is an opportunity to be a warrior for female empowerment — and that education is her weapon for justice.