She heard the cock crow and pushed her bed sheet aside.Sat at the edge of the bed and gave one glance at her two daughters sleeping next to her."It is time for action." she told herself as walks towards the door carefully so that she wont step on her son sleeping on the mat near the bed.
Outside her small hut the weather is still cold and darkness has taken a better share of the view.But Fauziya doesn't seem to be paying attention to anything as she collects firewood laying at the side and put on a fire.
She carefully places the pot on the the stoned fire and patiently waits for the black tea to boil.Minutes later Farah,her 9 years old son and the eldest amongst her children,woke up and joined her in the kitchen.
"Asalamu alleykum (hoyo)?"(peace be upon you mum)he greeted his mother.
"Waaleykum salam Farah"(peace be upon you too Farah) she responded as she lifts her sight from the pot and gave her son a jovial look."Please wake up your sisters and start getting ready for school."
Abdi went back inside the house and two minutes later he came back with Fardowsa and Farhiya,His two sisters.They cleaned up themselves,put on their tattered uniforms and joined their mother in the kitchen where they enjoyed a mug of sugarless black tea as they discuss how their day will look like in school.
Ten Minutes later and the children left their house as they wave their mother goodbye.
Fauziya started her normal house cleaning chores,she swept the house and the entire compound,washed the dishes before joining other women heading to the stream in fetching water.Being only 20 years old she is already a single mother of 3 children aged 9,7 and 6.She divorced with her husband 4 years ago and always thought her life would have been different and better if her parents had given her a chance to go to school or wait a little bit longer before marrying her off.
Many women in her community have started acknowledging and supporting girls education and Fauziya is among them.For her she strongly believes that all the sacrifices she has made and is still making will yield better opportunities for her generation.For her there is no difference between her son and daughter as all of them are entitled to equal rights.
Lets appreciate women who do not propagate inequality in the name of culture or tradition.We appreciate women who learned from their experiences and sacrifice to give the best to their children for a positive generation.An equal world wont start from the past,it starts from the present.
Embrace that positive change now and see the magic of nature taking its course.