by Vanessa Daniela
This summer, I have read fascinating books that expanded my knowledge about society, cultures and human rights. I can not deny how shocked, sick, or enthusiastic I was after some chapters on these books.
For some of them, you will need to have a thick skin to read thru pages of torture and suffering, but all of them are life lessons. Before I talk about them, I want to congratulate the female authors and those who fight for human rights. Also, my deepest condolences to those who lost their daughters and family members.
Until We Are Free – My Fight for Human Rights in Iran by Sherin Ebadi
Shirin Ebadi is a human rights lawyer, former judge and has been defending families against the regime in Iran. She is the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
One of her most remarkable battles was to change the child custody laws in Iran after Arian Golshani, 9-year-old was beaten to death by her father and stepmother. The Iranian law favors the men over women, so Golshani was not allowed to stay with her mother after her parents’ divorce.
Following Ebadi’s journey thru this book, it gave me a unique perspective and an amazing knowledge about Iran.
The regime has been violating the human rights by torturing people to extract information about anything useful to the government. It is an inspiring and sad book, but totally worth reading.
I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Patricia McCormick
Malala is one of the bravest girls that I have heard of. She stood up for education even when she faced Taliban death threats and after the attack that caused her eternal marks. Despite the brutal attempt, she raised stronger after it.
“We were scared, but our fear was not as strong as our courage.”
― Malala Yousafzai,
Malala is the youngest Nobel Prize Winner.
I applaud her parents for supporting her studies and dreams. According to Taliban, Pakistan culture, and religion, girls should not be educated, but be married at an early age and dedicated to their husbands and house work.
O Diario de uma Escrava by Ro Mierling – The Slave’s Diary
This book is based on real stories of girls that were sexually abused by a psychopath that kidnaps girls and uses them as his object. I read for study purpose, but I wanted to throw up after every chapter. I couldn’t believe how some people can be so heartless.
According to statistics, in Brazil, every year, 40,000 minors disappear, and a third of them are used for sexual purpose. Usually, they leave without leaving a trace.
DO NOT READ, if you went thru any kind of sexual abuse. However, It is an excellent book for parents and teenagers as a watch out. Breaking parents’ rules and curfews, and talking to strangers on the internet can be a lapse with permanent marks.
…”please watch over them and guard them again mistakes of youth that are unalterable.” Powerful Prayers of Protection
The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion by Elle Luna
Elle Luna is an artist, designer, and writer who challenge us to think outside of the box and push ourselves to reflect on the conflict between our passions and our money maker job.
Reflective words, messages combined with an inspiring touch of art bloomed my creativity and put me ready to work on my craft.
“Should is how other people want us to live our lives. It’s all of the expectations that others layer upon us.”
Dark Side Books