May Rihani, former U.N. Girls’ Education Initiative co-chair, weighs in on and advances the cause of girls’ education worldwide with her new book Cultures Without Borders (AuthorHouse, 2014). Rihani’s book chronicles the life of a Lebanese woman who defied stereotypes about Arab women. Through this personal story, Rihani discusses the overlap and divergence between U.S. and Arab cultures and the essential need for girls’ education.
“I felt the need to write about the transformative power of girls’ education and why it is truly the cornerstone of women’s empowerment in a modern economy,” said Rihani in a news release. “I draw upon examples from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Congo, and many other countries.”
Cultures Without Borders comes at a time when girls’ education has been featured in books like Malala Yousafzai ‘s I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban (Little, Brown and Company, 2013). Yousafzai’s book details the Taliban’s attempt to assassinate her over her right to her education as well as her amazing recovery and rise as a brave young woman and a strong advocate of girls’ education and women’s empowerment.
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A version of this news article first appeared in the BookMarks blog.