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I Should Have Honor
I Should Have Honor: A Story of Hope and Pride in Pakistan | Khalida Brohi
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A fearless memoir about tribal life in Pakistan--and the act of violence that inspired one ambitious young woman to pursue a life of activism and female empowerment. From a young age, Khalida Brohi was raised to believe in the sanctity of arranged marriage. Her mother was betrothed to a thirteen-year old boy when she was only nine; Khalida herself was promised as a bride before she was even born. But against the odds, her father was a man who believed in education, not just for himself but for his daughters, and Khalida grew up thinking she would become the first female doctor in her small village. Her father refused to let her be given away as a child bride, when the time came for her to do that. Khalida thought her life was proceeding on an unusual track for a woman of her circumstances, but one whose path was orderly and straightforward. Everything shifted for Khalida the year she was sixteen, when she found out her beloved cousin had just been murdered by her own uncle, in a tradition known as an honor killing. Her crime? She had fallen in love with a man who was not her betrothed. This moment ignited the spark in Khalida that has led to a globe-spanning career as an activist and social entrepreneur, working to change the lives of women in Pakistan, and to eduate others about women's rights. From a tiny cement-roofed room in Karachi where she was allowed ten minutes of computer use per day, Khalida created a Facebook campaign that went viral. This led to the creation of a foundation focused on empowering the lives of women in rural communities through education and employment opportunities, but more crucially working to change the minds of the men who are their partners, fathers, and brothers. This book is the story of how Khalida, while only a girl herself, shined her light on the women and girls of Pakistan, despite the hurdles and threats she faced along the way. And ultimately, it is the story of how she learned that the only way to eradicate the parts of a culture she despised was to fully embrace the parts of it that she loved.
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8little_paws
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This book is NOT getting enough attention. It's the memoir of a teenager inspired to action when her cousin is killed by family to preserve honor in Pakistan. It's also a love story, a father/daughter bonding, a story of arranged childhood marriage, a story of change and hope. Only complaint was it was too short at just under 200 pages. Despite that, read this and immerse yourself in another culture.

ElishaLovesBooks I agree! This book is so powerful! 7mo
Megabooks That‘s a stack for sure! Thanks! 7mo
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jveezer
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I love small-world resonances and intersections in my reading. First book by a Pakastani author and she is connected to Tlaquepaque, a place with many resonances and memories in my life.

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jveezer
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I should have honor...and it is nice to have a beautiful warm beach to read on. Especially if that beach is Kuana‘oa Beach at Mauna Kea.

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ElishaLovesBooks
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This is a book that stays with you. It is a memoir of difficult and horrifying challenges, yet it leaves the reader with hope. The author is a Pakistani activist, trying to end honor killings and child marriages in her country. I learned so much about Pakistani culture and appreciated the way the author was able to show respect and love for her traditions while acknowledging the parts that need to change. I grew as a person just by reading it. ♥️

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ElishaLovesBooks
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Started this last night. So far very interesting to learn about Pakistani culture.

I can‘t help but notice that all my pics recently have been taken on my bed. . . I really like my bed! Probably too much. And it‘s my favorite reading spot too. I‘m really grateful to have such a cozy place to sleep!

Bklover My pics are taken from bed too. You can see my quilt in almost every one of them. Love my bed!!🤷‍♀️ 10mo
Louise This post reminds me of a great song by Morrissey: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1rmAi9XmlIo&feature=share 10mo
Smarkies Same here! The bed is my favorite reading spot. 😁 10mo
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Cathythoughts I like the look of this one 🧡🧡🧡 10mo
ElishaLovesBooks @Bklover @Smarkies @Cathythoughts 💕💕 @Louise I cant wait to listen! 😊 10mo
ElishaLovesBooks Ok @Louise Mind. Blown. That song is genius! Thank you so much for sharing!!! ♥️ 10mo
Louise Glad you enjoyed it! Such a fun song! 10mo
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Trismegistus
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A very quick read that was both harrowing and uplifting. After witnessing the abuse and murder of multiple young childhood friends and family members, Brohi devotes her life to ending the marriage of prepubescent girls and "honor" killings of girls and women in tribal cultures. She perseveres in her efforts despite the social approbrium and death threats. Though a bit short on specifics of what her NGO has accomplished, it's a riveting read.

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A memoir to inspire by the feminist social entrepreneur, Khalida Brohi. A young woman from tribal Pakistan, she is changing the world for women. Read more at: https://onthebl.org/2018/09/07/i-should-have-honor-by-khalida-brohi/

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Kristy_K
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What initially drew me to this memoir was the cover: it‘s beautiful. But the cover is so deceiving. Because inside its pages is not flowery prose or a whimsical tale; it is a story of strength, of heartbreak, of strong will and meek upbringings &yes, of honor too.

Brohi examines Pakistani life, culture, &customs, specifically the inferior &harsh treatment of women (ie honor killings) &she rises above to create change in her country.

#pakistan

emilyhaldi Nice review 👌🏻 13mo
Kristy_K @emilyhaldi Thank you. :) 13mo
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Insightsintobooks

"I have made it my mission to redefine honor, to bring it back to where it belongs. Honor is not the inheritance of men. Every woman should have honor.

You should have honor.

I should have honor."

Eelijah We should have honor...... 1y
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Insightsintobooks
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I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. It is an inspiring book in that it shows us how one person can affect change. It also gives us a glimpse into rural and tribal life in Pakistan as well as showing us what needs to change. This book brings greater awareness to the practice of honor killings and hopefully will help affect change in the world. I highly recommend this book.

Release date: September 4, 2018

#ARC
#Netgalley

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Insightsintobooks

"That day, a year before my birth , he did the most sinful thing he could imagine: he made his father cry by raising his voice to him. But to me, standing up for a daughter he had not yet even held in his hands was the most honorable thing. He saved my life."

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"Honor has been misused for centuries. We have come to feel it is ugly and unnecessary. But in reality it is a beautiful, powerful value that grounds us and makes us stronger."