Malala makes some curt statements about the role of women in her culture:
- “My mother is very beautiful and my father adored her as if she were a fragile china vase, never laying a hand on her, unlike many of our men.”
- “Most Pashtun men never do this, as sharing problems with women is seen as weak.”
- “My mother is very pious and prays five times a day, though not in a mosque, as that is only for the men.”
In what context does she say these things? Why do you think at the onset of the book she avoids commentary to statements such as these when she freely voices them later in the story? How is the role of women in Malala’s culture the same or different from yours? What is your reaction to the treatment of women as described by Malala?