As an independent American woman, understanding the meaning of patriarchy and a female being obedient towards her male counterparts is a difficult concept to grasp.
Malala’s father suggests a radical solution; to change societal norms is to break away from old family traditions. He says he is proud of his daughter; he encourages her to be strong headed and to ask questions. He enrolled her in school—uncommon for many girls in Malala’s community, and not only is he giving his daughter the gift of education and knowledge, but he is inspiring and challenging a community to change their cultural norms.
Readers I ask you: How do you think his message could transcend to Arab cultures like Jordan? Do you agree with him or is it silly to question and challenge family traditions and cultural norms?