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Random House Publishing Group, Fall 2018

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I Should Have Honor
A Memoir of Hope and Pride in Pakistan
By (author): Khalida Brohi
9780399588013 Hardcover English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs Sep 04, 2018
$36.00 CAD
Active 5.8 x 8.6 x 1 in 224 pages 8-PP COLOR PHOTO INSERT Random House
A fearless memoir about tribal life in Pakistan—and the act of violence that inspired one ambitious young woman to pursue a life of activism and female empowerment.

From a young age, Khalida Brohi was raised to believe in the sanctity of arranged marriage. Her mother was forced to marry a thirteen-year-old boy when she was only nine; Khalida herself was promised as a bride before she was even born. But her father refused to let her become a child bride. He was a man who believed in education, not just for himself but for his daughters, and Brohi grew up thinking she would become the first female doctor in her small village.

Everything shifted for Brohi when she found out her beloved cousin had been murdered by her uncle in a tradition known as an honor killing. Her cousin’s crime? She had fallen in love with a man who was not her betrothed. This moment ignited the spark in Brohi that inspired a globe-spanning career as an activist at the age of sixteen. From a tiny cement-roofed room in Karachi where she was allowed ten minutes of computer use per day, Brohi created a Facebook campaign that went viral. From there, she created a foundation focused on empowering the lives of women in rural communities through education and employment opportunities, while crucially working to change the minds of their male partners, fathers, and brothers. This book is the story of how Brohi, while only a girl herself, shined her light on the women and girls of Pakistan, despite the hurdles and threats she faced along the way. And ultimately, she learned that the only way to eradicate the parts of a culture she despised was to fully embrace the parts of it that she loved.

Story Locale: Pakistan, Arizona, Australia, California

PLATFORM: Brohi’s TED Talk, “How I Work to Protect Women from Honor Killings” has nearly 1.2 million views (bit.ly/1BH7uxx). She regularly presents her work at schools, universities and conferences around the globe.

COMMITTED CHANGE-MAKER: Brohi founded Sughar, meaning “skilled and confident woman,” in Pakistan in 2013 as a nonprofit focused on empowering women in rural and tribal areas of Pakistan. In 2015, she launched Sughar Foundation to help other organizations replicate her impactful model. Like #metoo in America, Brohi is encouraging women in Pakistan to take back their honor and this book is a roadmap for women (and men) to approach taboo or sensitive topics and triumph.

INSPIRATIONAL AND EMPOWERING: Brohi’s story is also about her own love marriage, fighting for her right to marry and winning over the hearts of her tribe, healing the wrong that took the life of her cousin. Women of all ages will relate to in Brohi’s story of overcoming setbacks, challenging cultural restrictions, and embracing her dreams.

Khalida Brohi is the Founder and Executive Director of Sughar, a nonprofit whose mission is to empower and educate Pakistani women and youth. She was named one of Newsweek magazine’s “25 under 25 Women of Impact” and Forbes’ “30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs in Asia.” She recently won the Buffett Institute Award for Emerging World Leaders and was a Director’s Fellow at MIT’s Media Lab. She has addressed numerous global forums, such as the Clinton Global Initiative. She is on the board of directors at the International Youth Foundation and was awarded the Woman of Impact Award by the Women in the World Foundation.

Author Residence: Sedona, AZ

Author Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan

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Author Social Media: www.facebook.com/kbpakistan/ Twitter: @KhalidaBrohi

“Khalida Brohi understands the true nature of honor. She is fearless in her pursuit of justice and equality.”—Malala Yousafzai, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

“Khalida Brohi’s moving story is a testament to what is possible no matter the odds. In her courageous activism and now in I Should Have Honor, Khalida gives a voice to the women and girls who are denied their own by society. This book is a true act of honor.”—Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org

“Khalida Brohi’s powerful storytelling exposes the little-known world of tribal Pakistan and the injustices facing women there. With insight and determination, she explores the most entrenched social customs facing women today and shares her secrets for innovation, impact, and success. This story is timely not just for those who care about women’s rights but for anyone involved in activism, community mobilization, and social entrepreneurship.”—Arianna Huffington, founder, HuffPost and founder and CEO, Thrive Global

“Khalida Brohi is a force of nature. Her story, in many ways, is beyond belief. It’s incredible that someone so young could achieve this much through passion and ingenuity.”—Chris Anderson, head of TED

“A truly essential book for our daughters and sisters, but even more essential for our sons and brothers…. Brohi teaches all of us how to fight for justice, love, and the really radical idea of equal humanity without turning bitter or giving up on her past.”—Elizabeth Weil, author of The Girl Who Smiled Beads
 
“This eye-opening story reveals the hard work of changing minds.”Booklist
 
“Writing in compelling, page-turning prose, Brohi shares a deeply felt, intimate portrait of what it means to be a global activist. There’s even a love story—one with a happy ending. Don’t miss I Should Have Honor, which deserves a legion of caring, activist readers.”BookPage

“The heartfelt story of a woman’s ardent dedication to stopping the senseless ‘honor’ killings in Pakistan.”Kirkus Reviews

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