Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Education = Opportunity = Freedom

from Newsweek - March 9, 2009

"If we give the money to the widows, they will spend it unwisely because they are uneducated and they don't know about budgeting. But if we find her a husband, there will be a person in charge of her and her children for the rest of their lives."
--Mazin al-Shihan, director of a city agency in Baghdad that plans to pay men to marry Iraq's war widows.

Why not then take this money and educate the widows? Then she can be in charge of herself and of her children. Imagine being married to a man who was paid to be your husband. This world will not evolve toward peace while women are still being treated as chattel.


Jan said...

You are so right. Educate the women; empower the women!

Andy said...

I saw this quote too and almost choked on my breakfast cereal.

I know that there are fundamental religious differences between East and West but why do the similarities ALWAYS seem to include the devaluation of people?