What does the notion of honor mean in rural Yemeni culture, and how does it differ from Western ideas of honor? When Nujood, Shada, and their allies go to court to seek a divorce for Nujood, what conception of honor are they defending? Are there any ways in which they might be similar? For example:. What do you think Omma was thinking when Nujood told her about the abuse? Can you understand her lack of action?
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Delphine Minoui. Linda Coverdale Translator. Since forever, I have learned to say yes to everything.
Today I have decided to say no. 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.
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Amy If you are a mom who is comfortable explaining sex, marital relations, and marital rape to a year-old girl, then I would definitely share it with y …more If you are a mom who is comfortable explaining sex, marital relations, and marital rape to a year-old girl, then I would definitely share it with your daughter because I think it is educationally valuable to learn about how girls are treated in other cultures.
My own daughter is 11 and emotionally mature for her age, and I read this book WITH her, but I am also very open about talking about sex with both of my prepubescent kids. As a former middle school teacher, I would definitely NOT share it with a classroom full of middle school kids who come from different home backgrounds holding different attitudes about sex. Since I read this book out loud with my 2 kids, I was able to interject explanations along the way and answer any questions that they might have.
I would not recommend this for just anyone; you have to judge through the emotional maturity of your reader. It's now What has happened to Nujood? Samantha Nujood changed her name to Nujoom which means "the stars in the sky"; her former name means "hidden one"; so this is empowering her. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Aug 16, Petra-X rated it really liked it Shelves: philosophy-religion , popculture-anthropology , travel-adventure-countries , reviewed.
Her father has also sold her younger sister, Haifa into marriage to a much older man. He used the money earmarked for Ali's education to buy two new wives for himself. As Nujood's father said in court, "Women are just a curse" so why not use them for what value you can get?
Nujoom is now about 22 and was married at 15 and has two little girls. I hope they are all happy. I hope her little girls are safe from child marriage. She changed it from Nujood which means hidden to Nujoom, "stars in the sky" because she loved to look up into the vastness and count the twinkling stars. The Muslim religious authorities got the law repealed as they say that it is up to the parents to decide when to sell marry off their daughters.
Pictures of child brides These child brides are Christian, Hindu etc. I hate child abuse and the exploitation of girls and women, but not any religion or nation and I do wish trolls would stop projecting their general hatred on to me. The age for marriage and the choice of husband was considered a matter for the parents alone and not the law. This little 11 year old girl, Nada, was prepared to kill herself if she was married off, and recorded a Youtube video.
Her sister who had been married off at 14 committed suicide by burning herself to death. The mother was apparently operating some sort of scam to get money out of suitors. That is such an amazing feat, I am sure I can barely imagine the courage this girl had. But he did, he raped and beat her repeatedly, and his own mother egged him on. In Islam, because Mohammed, aged 52, married a child of 9, this early marriage and sex is considered perfectly ok.
She found sympathetic judges and a wonderful, feminist lawyer and eventually, her father and husband in prison more so she could be safe than anything else, she got her divorce and world-wide attention. Since women are essentially possessions, a contract signed between the father and the husband transferring the 'property' wasn't so easy to break, but Nujood remained strong through the long legal arguments. She's 13 now, and going to school.
She wears jeans and t-shirts and barettes in her hair, the black robes and niqab veil she found so stifling cast off. Inspired by her, several little girls, forcibly married at 9, have come forward to get divorces themselves.
Its a beginning. And she has made a real difference: the age for marriage is now 17 in Yemen, one hopes it is enforced, but I don't have major faith in that. As long as women are possessions, the contract - the bill of sale - between father and husband will remain more important that the actual marriage where there is no real contract as the girl is neither old enough in law to give her consent, nor is even required to do so.
The book is a fast read, a story very simply told, its filled-in reportage, rather than an in-depth story, but that doesn't lessen the message or appeal of the book at all. It doesn't matter if you know the story, its still an unputdownable book - I read it without stopping until I finished it. Recommended for the whole wide world to rejoice in her courage and to tell ourselves that we will probably never face anything so daunting in our lives, if she could face her fears and do it, so could we.
Reviewed 18 August View all 62 comments. As you can tell from the title, this book focuses on a very disturbing topic - child abuse. Unfortunately, the forced marriage of young girls to older men is an all too common occurrence in many areas of the world.
Nujood is only one such victim. This book tells her story. Essentially sold by her deadbeat father to a man more than three times her age, Nujood's childhood comes to an abrupt end. At ten years old, she is repeatedly beaten and raped by her new husband. She is also moved to a remote v As you can tell from the title, this book focuses on a very disturbing topic - child abuse.
She is also moved to a remote village where she further isolated from anyone that might be able to help her. Eventually, she is able to go to visit family in the city. After her own parents fail to help her, she is able to get some guidance from one of her father's other wives. Then, this incredibly brave little girl sets out for the courthouse to ask for a divorce. I could not get over how courageous this ten year-old little girl had to be. What she did would be intimidating in any country, much less in a country where women are extremely oppressed and viewed as property.
Yet, this little girl was brave enough to walk into a courthouse and demand to see a judge and ask for a divorce. I was in awe of this young girl. Thankfully, the judges decide to take up Nujood's cause.
She is given a "safe haven" of sorts while the case is brought before the court. Since Nujood was younger than the legal age for marriage in Yemen, her father and husband were brought up on charges. From there on out, the court proceedings turned into a bit of a circus. Nujood's case made international news and she became a sort of poster-child for women's rights and child abuse organizations.
Meanwhile, her father and husband alternated between placing blame on the other and trying to plead ignorance and innocence on their own part. It was pathetic. Eventually, the men responsible paid a small fine and Nujood was granted her divorce. While the divorce was unheard of and paved the way for other young girls in the Middle East to speak out, the forced marriage of young girls is still a huge problem. Of course, that is only one manifestation of a much larger problem.
Nonetheless, in a place where women and children have virtually no rights, this was a remarkable case. From start to finish, I was taken in by Nujood's story.
Yemen's youngest divorcee says father has squandered cash from her book
Since forever, I have learned to say yes to everything. Today, I have decided to say no. Uplifting and impossible to put down, this is a true story of the ten-year old girl who won a divorce from the man she was forced to marry, courageously defying both Yemeni customs and her own family. Instead of going to the market to buy bread, she took a taxi to the court building. That was the beginning of her odyssey.
I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced Reader’s Guide
At the age of ten she obtained a divorce, breaking with the tribal tradition. Ali's lawyer Shada Nasser , born in , is a feminist and specialist in human rights , whose involvement in Ali's case received much acclaim. Nujood Ali was nine when her parents arranged a marriage to Faez Ali Thamer, a man in his thirties. On the advice of her father's second wife, she went directly to court to seek a divorce. Shada Nasser agreed to defend Ali. For the lawyer, it was the continuation of a struggle begun with the opening of her practice in Sana'a in the s as the first Yemeni law office headed by a woman. She built her clientele by offering services to female prisoners.
I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced
It's been five years since Nujood Ali became known as the world's youngest divorcee after escaping the man who bought her as a child bride aged nine. The story of Nujood's marriage and subsequent court victory was turned into a bestselling book, bringing hope to thousands of Yemeni brides forced into marriages they are too young to understand or consent to. The royalties from I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced were supposed to pay for the girl's schooling and allow her to follow her ambition to become a lawyer. Now 15, she still finds it difficult to talk about her marriage and ex-husband.
I Am Nujood, Age 10 And Divorced
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