Oppression Against women in the Developing World Even in the first world, women face situations where they feel devalued in comparison to men. They may go to purchase a home, TV, or a car and be ignored by a sales person because there is a man present and he is the decision maker with authority and power, who of course knows what he is doing. However, these women are voters, drivers, salary earners, and property owners; they have value and play a role that is considered to be important to society.

Women in developing countries however, are considered valueless and property themselves. In these countries, women are completely dehumanized by being denied the right to education, being abused and/or raped, and being deemed to have no importance to society with their only role being to take care of their families. This dehumanization leaves these women not only feeling valueless, but powerless and unable to raise their voice against the wrongdoings done to them.

I am Malala written by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb is a story of Malala herself, who raised her voice when Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, and she refused to be silence and fought for her right to education. When she was fifteen, she was shot in the head, as a consequence for raising her voice. Not many people expected her to survive but Malala made a miraculous recovery and embarked on an extraordinary journey from her remote town in Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York.

Now only sixteen, she is a global symbol of a peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize. Her book is the incredible story of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who love their daughter incredibly in a society that prizes their sons.

The novel perfectly highlights the adversity women in developing countries face. It not only deals with women’s right to education but it also brings light to the issue of women facing injustice and abuse, and also depicts the role and value of women these societies. In developing countries all over the world, women are denied the right to an education. Worldwide, females make up well over half of the population of children that do not ever attend school and only 30% of all girls are