Saturday, March 11, 2017

I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced

Title: I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced

Author: Nujood Ali

Genre: Memoir, Feminism

Rating: 5 out of 5 fairies

Where to buy: Amazon

Synopsis: “I’m a simple village girl who has always obeyed the orders of my father and brothers. Since forever, I have learned to say yes to everything. Today I have decided to say no.”
 Nujood Ali's childhood came to an abrupt end in 2008 when her father arranged for her to be married to a man three times her age. With harrowing directness, Nujood tells of abuse at her husband's hands and of her daring escape. With the help of local advocates and the press, Nujood obtained her freedom—an extraordinary achievement in Yemen, where almost half of all girls are married under the legal age. Nujood's courageous defiance of both Yemeni customs and her own family has inspired other young girls in the Middle East to challenge their marriages. Hers is an unforgettable story of tragedy, triumph, and courage.

About the Author: Nujood Ali, born in 1998, is a figure of Yemen's fight against forced marriage. At the age of ten, she obtained a divorce, breaking with the tribal tradition. In November 2008, U.S. women's magazine Glamour designated Nujood Ali and her lawyer Shada Nasser as Women of the Year. Nasser, born in 1964, is herself a feminist and specialist in human rights, whose involvement in Nujood's case received much acclaim. 

Review: A powerful and moving story of a courageous woman, who fought for her life and her freedom. Shedding light on a problem that is still rampant today, Nujood's story is an important narrative, especially for those in more privileged situations.