1. “Our men think earning money and ordering around others is where power lies. They don’t think power is in the hands of the woman who takes care of everyone all day long, and gives birth to their children”. Malala Yousafzai, activist and Nobel Prize laureate.
2. “Achieving gender equality is about disrupting the status quo – not negotiating it”. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women.
3. “Marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same? We raise girls to see each other as competitors not for jobs or accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are”. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists.
4. “We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, you can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you would threaten the man. Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important”. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists.
5. “All girls know that they can be anything now. That transformation is to me one of the most satisfying things”. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia.
African First Ladies commit to ending child marriage