I have a brave heart
and I have brave dreams —
I am a brave girl in a country
that wants girls to be silent and uneducated,
not brave girls who will lead their country.

I dream I can be Superwoman
I will wear a uniform and be a policewoman
I will be the first woman president in my country
I will be a doctor and help disabled and sick people

I want to be the bravest girl in my country
I want to stop the killing of women
and give every girl the right to go to school
I want every girl to dream brave dreams
and have those dreams come true.

By Shahira, age 12