Sunday, May 11, 2014

What You Can Do to Annoy a Terrorist on Mother's Day

What strikes fear in the heart of terrorists? Education. What is even more frightening? Girls getting an education. That's why the Taliban destroys schools in Afghanistan. Why do you think Malala Yousafzai was shot point blank in the head by the Pakistani Taliban? Simple, education. Miraculously she survived (much to the annoyance of the Taliban) and is now a worldwide symbol of the importance of girls education.

Girls getting an education is why Boko Haram did the deplorable—the kidnapping of 276 girls from their boarding  school in northeast Nigeria. It was strategic and calculated. Terrorist fear girls going to school, reading books, and forming their own opinions. They know this eventually leads to empowering women. These young women will learn about the world around them, leave their poor villages, contribute to economic growth by getting a job, and eventually not having as many children thus raising their own standard of living. Empowering women through education means loss of control for terrorists.

I have a 17-year old daughter. Do you? Can you imagine what these families are going through. Bring these girls home! Put all political differences aside this Mother's Day and annoy a terrorist. Give a $40 gift to to buy a school uniform for a girl. Contact your Member of Congress and urge them to pass the International Violence Against Women Act. Or show your support for those innocent girls and their families through #BringBack Our Girls. Let this ordeal end.