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Because I Am a Girl, I Must Study

26 April 2012 4 Comments

Kamla Bhasin

- By Kamla Bhasin
India

A father asks his daughter:
Study? Why should you study?
I have sons aplenty who can study.
Girl, why should you study?

The daughter tells her father:
Since you ask, here’s why I must study.
Because
I am a girl, I must study.

Long denied this right, I must study
For my dreams to take flight, I must study
Knowledge brings new light, so I must study
For the battles I must fight, I must study
Because
I am a girl, I must study.

To avoid destitution, I must study
To win independence, I must study
To fight frustration, I must study
To find inspiration, I must study
Because
I am a girl, I must study.

To fight men’s violence, I must study
To end my silence, I must study
To challenge patriarchy I must study
To demolish all hierarchy, I must study.
Because I am a girl, I must study.

To mould a faith I can trust, I must study
To make laws that are just, I must study
To sweep centuries of dust, I must study
To challenge what I must, I must study
Because I am a girl, I must study.

To know right from wrong, I must study.
To find a voice that is strong, I must study
To write feminist songs I must study
To make a world where girls belong, I must study.
Because
I am a girl, I must study.

We would like to thank Kamla Bhasin for sharing her beautiful poem with us, and invite you all to find out more about her women’s empowerment organization, Sangat.  We’d also like to thank the Women’s UN Report Network, which first brought the poem to our attention. Happy Poetry Month!

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4 Comments to “Because I Am a Girl, I Must Study”
  1. [...] poem originally appeared on peacexpeace.org, which invites you all to find out more about Kamla Bhasin’s women’s empowerment organization [...]

  2. Khushi Kabir from Bangladesh says:

    This is such a beautiful and strong poem. I have heard it in Hindi and it is even more beautiful. Thank you for giving us the chance to read and share this.

  3. [...] This poem originally appeared on peacexpeace.org. [...]

  4. Kaushalya Munda says:

    This poem touches the true stories incredible indian women

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