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Libyan women : Perceptions in Social Media and what it’s like on the ground

Women in engineering is always a popular topic in social media . There was a recent hashtag #ILookLikeAnEngineer where women from different industries of engineering posted selfies of themselves to raise awareness about the diversity in engineering .

A recent example of a PR stunt gone wrong is the photo BIC posted on #Womensday . The comment ” thinking like a men ” was very sexist and derogatory . This shows us that even the big companies make mistakes . 

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Soon after we started looking closely at how engineering is perceived in Libya. We found that on ” the Libyan families in UK ” page they had posted a photo congratulating one half of a couple who got a PhD. They had erased the wife’s face and hands out of the photo.

Another incident was with the first photo Tatweer Research tweeted. They had posted an image of only the male students of #YoungCleverlibyans while leaving out the women. We quickly raised the issue and a full photo showing all 23 of them was tweeted.

How you present engineers and scientists to the public is very important. You have to keep showing girls still studying that they can be a scientist/engineer  when they grows up too . It’s not just a men’s profession. You also can’t just show a symbolic representation of women engineers in a photo  . It has to be a real representation and not just a publicity stunt . 

We recently noticed certain Libyan engineering pages not addressing females in their social media communications strategy . We decided to see what our audience thought about this kind of behavior and how common it was in real life for them to be ignored .

Some of the comments :

  • Women engineers in Libya not having the right type of attitude. Society has allowed them to not give their full effort in the jobs they hold . 
  • They’re not given real tasks in some organisations and are treated like the office housewife .  
  • Most students in some parts of Libya said they were unable to even complete their studies because of conflict in their cities
  • Internship opportunities were very low , and they do not recruit women engineers in high numbers
  • Not having any options with regards to job prospects . A woman could only choose between teaching and sitting at home.
  • A lot of comments were from graduates who graduated recently and still couldn’t find a job because of the conflict, along with the fact that they as women weren’t seen as a priority to hire in some industries like the oil industry.
  • From the other side of the argument an engineer commented that women wouldn’t be able to carry out certain types of jobs . She wouldn’t be able to go to the field in the desert and this is why she doesn’t get hired for those jobs . It’s just about who is a better fit physically.
  • The recent expulsion of foreign companies who were equal opportunity employers also led to a lot of engineers to become unemployed . Foreign companies had a much fairer hiring structure than national ones and put qualifications ahead of gender.
  • A civil engineer’s advice to women was to ignore the discrimination and work hard proving yourself. Hiding behind discrimination excuses wouldn’t do any good .

Because of the large amount of comments  we were prompted to take this conversation somewhere else. This is why we opened our Women’s network group. It’s a place where you can get to know other women in Libya who are trying to reach their goals . A place to get advice on a certain career path or seek  knowledge on certain topics  . It can also be a place to rant about not being able to graduate because your university has closed .

The personal stories we received from the group were moving. Some were positive, while others showed great strength of these women and the will power they have. Just knowing somewhere out there someone has the same issue as you , knowing you’re not alone in itself is a comfort . They shared stories about what they were doing to stay active and up to date with their careers and studies during the conflict

As for on the ground , an intern on a 2 week training provided by a major government communications company had asked them what their strategy was with regards to recruiting more women . They replied with ” we raise awareness , women have a limited role here that’s why they don’t want to work here” . They cut her off soon after and changed the subject . It’s widely known that if you get hired as a woman engineer in these communications companies you are a glorified secretary with an engineer title . When asked about the rumor that they didn’t hire women , the representative didn’t deny it .

 The lack of women trainers was also addressed . The reply was that women just don’t apply . The intern advised them that they had to be more proactive in recruiting women and give them all the tools they need in order to have a more diverse workforce . Providing leadership training for them is one of the steps they can do to make female engineers more confident in the industry . The company replied positively and said they’d take this into consideration next year. The reality is if women want to be in the communications industry at the moment they need to start their own business.

One solution could be implementing a quota to get more women into the industry . They can then be trained to take on leadership positions within the organisations . These companies aren’t just businesses . They have a responsibility towards society . They have to help make it a better place for all citizens .

Join us and have a say in the conversation or share your experience …….

Group link – https://t.co/AwKPznEl5C

Update : The intern continued discussing the lack of women trainees with the research department and they’ve promised a 25% quota for women in the next summer technical training program .

Written by the PS team .

Two countries , Two different school experiences

I consider myself the Libyan version of Hannah Montana!

 I’m not a teen pop star, but I am a fortunate girl that got the opportunity to experience high school in two dissimilar countries.  I studied freshman and sophomore year in Edsel Ford High School (U.S.A.), and I’m finishing my high school career in Zarqaa Al-Yamamma (Libya).

The regulations of Edsel and Zarqaa are contrastive in countless aspects. To begin with, Zarqaa is an all-girls school, which requires uniforms, while Edsel is a multicultural, mixed school with a limited freedom to wear whatever you prefer. Here in Tripoli*, we start our day with the traditional morning line. The highlights of it are the “exercises”, facing the flag while listening to the national anthem, and the occasional verbal abuse. A flashback of my days in Edsel reminds of how I used to set off my day in the cafeteria, and then rushing to class after the one-minute bell rings. The first core kicks off at 8:30 A.M., and the last bell rings at 12:40 P.M. unless we take a seventh period. The duration of the school day in America is much more prolonged.

There were various advantages that I had while I attended Edsel that I no longer can enjoy. First of all, I favor switching classes between each period than staying in one classroom for the whole day! Moreover, the curriculum in Libya is much denser than the States’ core curriculum. We take Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Math, English, Arabic, Journalism, Computer, and Islamic studies each year*. The definition of gym class here is going out in the school yard to walk or just standing in groups and talking. The lack of electives makes school much duller. Instead of a big cafeteria with tables for everyone, we get to go out in the same yard for 15 or less minutes. There is no need for a lunch menu ‘because they sell the same junk food every day. In the end, the students laugh and compare the school system to a prison system.

 There were factors that made school a bit more endurable in the U.S. that are not existent here. Firstly, the labs’ requirements aren’t abundant enough. The majority of the materials, elements, tools, etc. in the science lab are not found, thus the cancellation of informative experiments is a regular solution. Forget trying to figure out the school’s Wi-Fi password because there isn’t even an Internet connection in the computer lab. Furthermore, the classrooms in Edsel had a fairly decent, beneficial learning environment. But unfortunately, the classrooms in Zarqaa are uninteresting and simple with their whiteboards, vandalized desks, and empty, white and grey walls. In addition, the after school programs that are familiar in Edsel Ford are only a daydream for the students of Zarqaa Al-Yamamma!

 The other gigantic differentiation between the two high schools that I went to is the perception of the last year of high school. Prom, fun classes, Senior Pride Day, the walk down the hallways of Edsel, and graduation are just a small quantity of events that I will not get the chance to experience. In Libya, the last year of high school is considered the most important because it will determine your place in college, which is for free just in case you’re wondering. Finally, “Ho ha, you wish you were a senior” is not a chant I’ll hear in Zarqaa since no one really wishes to be one.

In spite of the fact that I am extremely critical about my country and its education system, I still love it and have big dreams for it. After all, we have just been through a revolution that didn’t turn out to be what most intended. Libya is still in a war-like state. Therefore, I comprehend that it’s complicated for us to achieve things as rapidly as the West. Optimistically, I expect to witness schools in Libya become more modernized in the near future.

Apart from all the contrasting, there are some things that students in both the U.S.A. and Libya can compare to. Whether it’s in Edsel or Zarqaa, a favorite teacher(s), class, and subject were always present. A dream and a life goal to accomplish are ambitions of people all over the world. In conclusion, a school will always be a place for knowledge and memories no matter what continent it’s placed on.

My high school experience is certainly a unique one. I strive make something worthy of the things I learned through it.  All the people I have had contact with in Edsel Ford High School and Zarqaa Al-Yamamma have touched my life in a way that I can’t be appreciative enough for. I miss Edsel very much, but Zarqaa will do just fine for now.

Written by Nuha Dadesh

*Tripoli: The capital of Libya, where I reside.

* There are two divisions of high school. There is one that offers the subjects I listed, and there is another that has different subjects; History, Geography, Philosophy, etc.

* The photo shows the typical Libyan classroom and is taken from Africa Review website

Libyan Women in business : An Interview with PomPom Founder


When did your passion for crafts  start ? 

Back when I was a kid and up until now, I have always been passionate about food and crafts, it became a hobby to try and combine food and crafts to make something beautiful out of it , and who wouldn’t love a beautifully served food, I know I do. My first encounter with crafts was when I was 10 years when I had proper training in the crafts as part of my summer vacation with the family. Since then I made sure to attend courses and workshops and get to understand more about crafts and food.  When PomPom first came to life, it was meant to show our vision of creating an unforgettable event with a touch of elegance and warmth; I believe that the little extra touch is what actually stays in the memory. I couldn’t resist holding back to this passion of ours.

How did you get involved with planning ?

After a  couple of months, we decide to separate event planning from crafts, so we could take our crafts branch PomPom handmade  to a larger scale  by giving time to more smaller details and occasions.

Who supported you throughout all this ?  The one thing that actually helped me to go through with this, is the support I get from my sisters, as although I have the passion but I do not possess the business experience or marketing skills for that matter. They gave the most simple and effective advice and made it seem easy and fun to start a business.  I also wouldn’t be able to do it without my mother who simply knows everything about everything. As you know this kind of business requires a wide knowledge of the local market and resellers, she has been quite a savior in that area.

What words of wisdom do you have for anyone else trying to start a business ?  My advice for anyone starting a business will be: Always follow your passion. Only go for a business you are passionate for, where you can be creative and unique, even if you go through pressure and stress or even failure at the start, keep going that’s the only thing that will make the whole adventure worth it. Another advice: do your homework, have a proper business and marketing plan, analyze your market risks and create your own vision and strategy no matter how small is your business, also don’t be shy or hesitant to seek advice, at the beginning surround yourself with people that will help you to move forward and guide you on how to make all your hard work actually works! avoid illusionists who might advice you to just jump into the sea and count on your luck, always go for those who will tell you the obstacles that might come your way and also the way to overcome them.

Wish you all best of luck,

Najwa T, Bugaighis

Pom Pom Founder

visit their page for more lovely photos here

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Why I read ? 

 


“ Fiction can show you a different world. It can take you somewhere you’ve never been. Once you’ve visited other worlds, like those who ate fairy fruit, you can never be entirely content with the world that you grew up in. Discontent is a good thing: discontented people can modify and improve their worlds, leave them better, leave them different. We have an obligation to make things beautiful. Not to leave the world uglier than we found it, not to empty the oceans, not to leave our problems for the next generation.”  – Neil Gaiman 

If there’s something positive that has come out of the current events in Benghazi it’s having more time for reading.  As an extreme reader I get asked a certain question I can’t completely answer. People are always asking me why I read. Living in Libya where not a lot of people read, most people are curious why I would spend my free time on this activity. My motives for reading remain obscure even to me,  but I know  reading to me is to exist .

If you want the cookie cutter answer that most people give I’d say it brings me pleasure, enjoyment, access to new information. It allows me to savor the existence of time as it passes. Reading lets me escape my own reality into someone else’s world; I can run away from whatever is going on around me. These are what I call the obvious reasons.

The real question you should be asking is “what benefit does it bring “ask me about the satisfaction I get from this activity. To me literature is a method of time-traveling. It’s an adventure. When it comes to literature, rewards are guaranteed, I promise you. Even the second or tenth time you read a book you discover something different, it can still surprise you.

Through reading, you expose yourself to new worlds, new information, new ways for solving problems, new situations. Reading helps you see things from a different perspective which improves your understanding of people and situations around you. It helps you to communicate better. Most of our problems in the Libyan social and political sphere come from not understanding different perspectives. People refuse to put themselves in other people’s shoes. My solution is giving them a book.

Reading takes you to places, ages and parallel worlds with dragons, kings and adventures you never knew existed. Books can conjure up a magnitude of emotions. You can react differently to a book depending on who you are, what you are reading and how your life is shaping up at the moment you’re reading it.

A book can trigger feelings of pain, enthusiasm, contempt, apathy, empathy, depression, hilarity, happiness, or heartbreak.

 “No two persons ever read the same book.” ~ Edmond Wilson

You experience emotions and situations you might never encounter in real life but still manage to shape you as a human. Reading is an individual act; it’s a sense of connection. Even if it engages you in the mind of author and characters, nothing makes you more aware of yourself than reading. You make memories, tastes and beliefs that are unique. I read somewhere that reading is a silent conversation, but you bring something into this conversation too. Your attention, your thoughts and reflections are all part of this conversation.

If after all this you still think “reading is a boring activity “then you’ve been doing it wrong. The more you read the happier you’ll be. The act of reading is also a form of therapy, something we all need as Libyans. It’s also much cheaper than actual therapy.

So buy more books, their effect lasts longer than makeup. The alternative for real books for those of us who live in a third world country currently at war are eBooks.

We’ll make sure to provide a list of books to read for you on our next article, maybe even start a Project Silphium book club for women? Would anyone be interested, give us some feedback in the comments.   
 
Written By : J.E 

Brain Death : Why the lack of Reading is our essential problem?  



“Dead End” by Polish artist Jacek Yerka. Style : Surrealism.



• As a person who uses social media a lot, I get added to lots of different groups, Beauty, Workout, Online shopping, Fatafeet, Libyan Kitchen, Daily life of Libyan man’s wife ( As if being a wife is all that matters, what makes her matter and gives her a reason to exist, I have no clue what I’m doing there by the way 😂 ). In these groups you’ll learn how to tighten up your thighs, bleach your skin, what dress to buy to this occasion or that, what to cook for lunch, what makeup to buy and apply etc .. 
This is merely an observation, and I’m sure I’m not the first person to observe this. The lack of interest in anything that wont make sure you’re the prettiest in the room or won’t land you a husband is in my opinion the main problem because after all women in our society are still only really valued for two things; their looks and their role as wives. 
If these women spent half the time they spend on these groups enlightening their minds, this project and this post wouldn’t be needed  in the first place. 
• قُلْ َهْل يَْستَِوي اْلأَْعَمٰى َو اْلبَِصيرُۚ أََفَلا تَتََفَكَّرُوَنَ } «سورة الأنعام/50»
Newton’s third law of motion states that “ For every action, there is an equal in size and opposite in direction reaction force.” It’s not a hopeless situation, a reaction is needed; maybe a parallel group that discusses things that add to your brain instead of your looks? Help us by sending your ideas and thoughts on the matter via comment section or email. Looks is going to fade and you’ll be left with a hideous ignorant reflection no makeup can ever cover, you should consider doing something about it before it’s too late. 
• Now let me ask you a simple question, If all Libyans were hmm MORE EDUCATED, Would Libya be in this mess right now? Regardless of who caused this, agendas, militias etc (even though I believe ignorance is in fact a choice) If our society was less ignorant, would we be here now? 

#TakeItorLeaveit

The title of this post seems to be the theme of many things in Libya. They tell you it’s the way things are, you have to accept what we give you. I never could accept things that I thought were unfair or didn’t like.  When something isn’t right you change it for the better or work together to find a solution to suit everyone. You try to find alternatives for the problem. This week there was a post about an event in cairo but the poster wasn’t including women who lived in Libya . When asked for a proper explanation , one was not given . Instead these were the replies 2 Now it’s not the poster’s fault . This is exactly how Libyan women are treated . We should be happy we’re even included to the party at all right ? why complain about improper facebook comments , that’s just asking for too much respect . If you allow me to do a bit of guestimation here : There’s about 5 million Libyans approximately Half are women so that’s 2.5 million . Let’s assume just 1 million are from the ages of 18-50 . This is a very pessimistic estimate but for the sake of argument let’s use it  .  This lady is telling 1 million women to take it or leave it . One woman here replying to the exclusion : 3 Here’s where we come in. We don’t have 1 million dollars lying around to give to Olivia Pope to Lobby on our behalf ( I wish we did but I did’t rob any banks this month ) .  If we collectively apply pressure on all of the organizations to make it a priority to not exclude these women maybe we can make a difference “ pressure needs to be applied, so as much support as you can get, the better to make them listen” via @MENAWomensP Here’s what I want you to do , use the following hashtag #TakeItorLeaveit to comment on the issue above and include any incidents you’ve had with any events in the past  . Solutions to this problem are also welcome .

Are you happy with the people representing us in these programs ? Do you think they should do more to include libyans on the inside .

Women of Benghazi

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unknown street in downtown Benghazi . photographer unknown

 

 

When I see the photos of Benghazi’s streets and the amount of destruction that fell upon that beautiful city, my heart sinks.  It may sound weird but I find comfort in looking through old world war photos of Berlin, London, Hiroshima, Stalingrad and Paris. It can and it will be rebuilt. We all had our lives stopped, but this is inevitable in Benghazi’s situation. So today we’re sharing with you four stories from different women from Benghazi

 

Sahar

The first thing that happened to me was the suspension of my studies. This really affected me negatively. I had to leave my home in Laithi district which was one of the hardest things I’ve had to do .  We evacuated while Benghazi was under bombardment in the middle of winter. Left the place where our whole lives were spent; Our memories , our books and everything study related . I was mentally exhausted from hearing the sounds of the bombing, my heart ached for my city and the place where I studied. But Elhamdolilah for everything.

My daily life became very dull with nothing new. I’ve been like this for 6 months now. When this nightmare ends I won’t remember any of it at all. There wasn’t a single good day to enjoy.

Even though I’ve just told you about how my life has been halted I still believe in Benghazi

I’d do it again for my country, for Benghazi . My life’s not important as long as the country gets better. As long as we have peace, my dream for my country is that the pain leaves you and the rest can be replaced.

 ((وَعسَى أن تَكرَهُوا شَيْئًا وَهُو خيرٌ لَكُمْ وعَسى أن تُحبُّوا شَيْئًا وهُو شَرٌّ لَكُمْ وَاللهُ يَعلمُ وأَنتُم لا تَعلَمونَ)) البقرة: 216 

Sarah

My story is closely related to the conflict in our city and the suspension of my studies. I’m sure you all know what’s happening in Benghazi. My education was put on hold and that affected me badly .when all your ambitions are built on being a better student to achieve your goals quickly and then your plans all come crashing down. You can’t even continue to plan the future you set out for yourself because of all the uncertainty. There isn’t anything official from the education ministry on when we can resume studying. Civil society movements are trying their best to solve this issue but it’s still going nowhere. I only believe in studying inside the walls of a classroom, it’s the traditional setting we’re used to.

Bushra

 I had a dream of getting job after getting my Masters  degree as an engineer . Unfortunately the war started shortly after I graduated from college and got my Bsc degree. My ambition was high but things didn’t happen as I planned. So here I am a hopeless fresh young graduate with no job or anything to add to my CV .I still keep holding onto my dreams trusting in Allah. I know things going to be alright in some-point.

Hajer

I’m  a 22 year old  engineering student with only one semester to go .  I’ve been repeating  that quite A LOT lately. My whole life has been put on pause . I’m almost an engineer but it’s not good enough for a job.  I live in Benghazi but I’ve been Internally displaced along with the  my family for 6 months now. Life is semi normal for some but not me; I can’t remember the last time I went out anywhere. I’ve been living this vampire style life now for about a year. The sounds of flying missiles outside are more like a life soundtrack now. The amount of death we see on the news made it all seem so natural. What’s freaking me out is how this is all turning into my normal every day routine . I know there’s a meaning in all of this sufferings but I’m going to need a lot of Intensive therapy when this is over nonetheless.

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Man’s Search For Meaning : Book review and a dedication to Sabreen



Starry Night ” by Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh. Style : Post-Impression. The reason behind this painting is the bright stars shining in the night to me resembles hope.




 If you’re following our blog, you probably read Sabreen’s story. It was emotional and moving, We know they’re a lot like Sabreen out there so Sabreen this article is for you and all of those who are suffering; 

I’ve been always asked, what’s the book that influenced you the most? Answering this is always as hard as choosing a favorite book. I think now none of my previous readings had this kind of impact on me, at least not this instantly. Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s tell his beautiful humane story in his memoir Man’s Search for Meaning. He shares his experiences in the concentration camp. Between 1942 and 1945, Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Horrifying as it sounds, it makes your gut feel sick. It makes you stop reading and reflect. If you’re not familiar with the history of World War II, Hitler and The Nazis, you will be in a state of shock reading this. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he treated later in his practice, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering, but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. He continues quoting, Nietzsche :

“He who has a ‘why’ to live for can bear with almost any ‘how’”. 

Frankl’s theory known as Existential therapy or Logotherapy, from the Greek word logos (“meaning”). It’s a form of Psychotherapy that focuses on meaning. The psychotherapist makes the patient see what he doesn’t see. Everything, no matter how miserable it is, has a meaning. 

“ Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

Frankl’s experience in the concentration camp put Freud’s theory into shame. It’s not really pleasure that drives people to live life but that our primary drive in life finding meaning. It’s a beautiful read and I think it’s the kind of book you should read to understand what I’m trying to say here. I’m tempted to share a personal story, October last year I went through one of the cases Dr. Frankl described, “Unemployment Neurosis” due to the current circumstances Benghazi and Libya are going through, I had to leave my house, my university graduation has been postponed and even though I knew it was due to events out of my control I couldn’t help but start to get depressed, I felt useless, and being useless was equated with having a meaningless life, an existential vacuum. After few months of this sufferings, I started with my best friend Project Silphium, a simple blog to raise awareness about women’s rights and feminism where we live, It was overwhelming the amount of purpose this simple blog added to my life. Frankl actually advised his patients with this “unemployment neurosis” to volunteer and start charity work, and honestly it works wonders. I know now that without the suffering, sometimes the growth would be impossible. I’ve highlighted so much of this book and I highly recommend it. To wrap this up I picked this quote which happens to be my favorite : 

“ When the impossibility of replacing a person is realized, it allows the responsibility which a man has for his existence and its continuance to appear in all its magnitude. A man who becomes conscious of the responsibility he bears toward a human being who affectionately waits for him, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away his life. He knows the “why” for his existence, and will be able to bear almost any “how.”” 


Written By : J.E 


Daily Life of Libyan Women 




Earlier this week, we launched a series that discusses the daily life of Libyan woman in the current difficulties the country is going through . It was a simple idea, to support each other through these times and to know when we know we are not alone. All you have to do is you share with us how the conflict has affected your life ( personal – professional – financial – academic  )  and the lives of those close to you . By sending your story here 
• This is the first story in the series from Sabreen – Tripoli : 

“ My story is about the troubles I’ve had to face with my family since my father’s passed away seven years ago. I started to hate being a female in this male dominated society. My father was my supporter, ever since he passed away my brother has made my life extremely difficult and humiliating. What made matter worse was my mother being on my brother’s side and supporting him in his control over me and depriving me from my basic rights like eating with my family or finishing my education abroad or even marriage. This is all because I didn’t pay attention to him when I travelled to the United States four years ago to study. After l came back with my masters degree, I went through so much grief and bad treatment. I regret coming back to my family so bad. Sometimes I think of suicide then I remember Allah and I fear him, I say to myself maybe if I’m more patient Allah will change things for me…”

If you want your children to be intelligent 

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” – Albert Einstein 

 

 During a period of time I worked as an English teacher in a kindergarten in one of Benghazi’s private schools. Reading for the children was one of the best ways for them to learn and get a better grasp of the fundamentals of the language. I also considered it the best part about my job. There is a certain beauty in watching their eyes spark in surprise and anticipation whenever something happens in the story that brings me back to my childhood when my mother used to read to me everyday before going to sleep.

One time after the lesson was over, I decided to do a little survey and asked the children if anyone reads to them at home. The results took me by surprise,almost all of them said no one had ever read to them before. Reading for children has many benefits like improving their thinking . You can use reading to your children as a way to spend more time with them. It also helps teach them how to apply logic in various scenarios, recognize cause and effect, right and wrong, utilize good judgment and discuss their feelings and ideas.  Their personality grows anddevelops a sense of individuality .

So after that day I decided to make a reading list for my students, but I made sure to pick books that had brave, intelligent and independent heroines as an attempt to shatter the stereotypical image of the ‘damsel in distress’ waiting for prince charming to save her. When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity  . You always remember the books that were your favourite at that phase in time. 

Today happens to be the international children’s book day! so take a moment and inspire the young ones in your life to read more. I’m going to share my little list with you, maybe it will help out some parents pick out what to read next for their kids. And i should mention i read almost all of these as a grownup and i did enjoy them very much. Here comes the list:

• Coraline, By  Neil Gaiman 
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Coraline, is one of my favorite books. It’s funny, weird and magical. Neil Gaiman wrote it for his daughters, to give them someone to lookup and relate to ( I know right? best dad ever). Coraline is an adventurous brave and really smart little girl. it’s a story about bravery, a talking cat, missing parents, and an evil witch that impersonates people’s mothers to steal their souls. It’s different from your normal fairytale but different is good right?
• Anne of Green Gables, By L.M Montgomery  
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Anne Shirley is an ambitious, honest orphan with an imagination so vast. She reaches the door step of the Cuthberts siblings by mistake when they have decided to adopt a boy to help them in their farm. It’s emotional and moving story ( you should read it with box of kleenex ). Anne teaches you to always be kind and true to yourself and those around you.
• Nancy Drew, By Edward Stratemeyer
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A series of books about detectives for kids. Nancy is a smart, wise and loyal young girl who loves to solve crimes and puzzles. She’s always getting into trouble but she can get herself and others out of it. She never gives up and is always returning to investigate another crime. These books were turned into a move in 2007 starring Emma Roberts
• The Secret Garden, By Frances Hodgson Burnett 
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The title is attractive, makes you wonder what is so secretive about this garden right?  The story starts with Mary Lenox. A spoiled, selfish, savage orphan. It then leads you to the dark reasons behind this child’s misery and how she turns to a lovable, kind girl who loves adventures at the end.
• A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle 
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Meg, a shy, stubborn, generous, girl who’s really good with math. Meg’s father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. The story is full of adventure and enjoyable for both children and adults.
• Madeline, By Ludwig Bemelmans
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I’m sure you’ve all heard of Madeline. It was shown on spacetoon years ago. A smart Parisian girl with red hair who loves to solve problems.  One of the nicest children’s books I’ve read and I think you’d enjoy reading to your kids.
• Harriet the Spy, By Louise Fitzhugh 
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Harriet is a girl whose dream is to be a writer when she grows up. She starts writing secret journals of her everyday life. This includes spying on her neighbours, friends and fellow students. She watches what they do and writes her opinion about their lives. It all backfires against her when her journals get stolen and she gets bullied because of it. Can she save her friendships and continue to be a spy? An exciting story filled with adventure that was turned into a movie in 1996 starring Michelle Trachtenberg.
• Matilda, By Roald Dahl 
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Matilda is a little girl, who’s exceptionally good at reading and math, and teaches herself to do complicated problems in her head, as well as telekinesis. She surpasses her troubles and parents indifference through reading. She’s humble, smart, fair, innocent and scale justice. Matilda is a pack of all the good things you’d want your children to learn.
• Alice Adventures in Wonderland, By Lewis Carroll 
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The story begins with a young girl Alice, and her sister sitting on a riverbank when she sees a curious looking white rabbit. She soon after falls into the magical world of Wonderland, where she meets a series of strange creatures and starts her adventures.
• Harry Potter, By J.K Rowling 
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As they say, i saved the best for last! I can not think about a powerful heroine without mentioning the most important Hermione Granger. I loved her from the very beginning, when she introduced herself on Hogwarts Express. She’s strong, independent and isn’t afraid of declaring her love for reading and studying. Plus we all know Harry and Rom wont stand a chance without her. And i’m not ashamed to admit, i’m 22 and still  see Hermione as my role model.
• Please take in consideration your children’s ages when choosing what to read ( If it’s on this list ). The books here are divert and suitable for different ages. And you know what they say; Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.
Written By : J.E