Every time girls go to school
I feel totally changed
Disappointment and anguish appear
My thinking goes down
Even the environment changes
As I think of all their barriers
Their fathers and brothers
Their safety

I want to tell them about my father
Who tells me to always continue studying
Who tells me what I want, what I like
Who never keeps me from school

It worries me a lot
Thinking about if I were those girls
Killing me to think about who stops them from school
To think who stops them from bringing change
Killing me when I see their brothers going to school

When I see them where I cannot do anything
I want to be their role model
I want to bring change in their life
I have to work for them

By Fariba

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