I wrote and illustrated a story that focuses on girl empowerment.
This is an important issue for me. It even became personal to me when on May 23, 2014 it was reported that a 15-year-old girl in Kurdistan (Northern Iraq), who was forced to marry a 40 year old man, was brutally killed and mutilated. I was in shock when I heard that it was normal. There are so many issues that affect young girls today – female genital mutilation, child marriages, sexual assault, child prostitution, restricting girls to have an education and so on.
Therefore, I wanted to highlight the importance of seeing a young girl as an active agent in her own life, not just a receiver for the decisions made by everyone else. I hope the story will encourage people to seek some changes. I completed the story on the 25th July, 2014.
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