Mukhtar Mai is a Pakistani victim of honor punishment who refused a life of silence and instead spoke out against her attackers and on behalf of women's rights. She has devoted her life to promoting education, literacy, health, and human rights for women and girls. In her speech to the Oslo Freedom Forum she explains why she raised her voice - so that what happened to her would not happen to any other woman. Today, she notices that whereas before, women in her country were silent about rights abuses, today they speak out, which marks the beginning of great progress. Mai's motto is that we can reach the end of oppression through knowledge. She believes that discrimination against women will decrease as women become literate and learn about their rights. It is by this principle that she has established a school in Meerwala, Pakistan where 600 girls are getting free education up to the 10th grade. School, Mai says, is the first step to change the world. It is always the first step that causes the most trouble, she reminds us, but it is only down this path that we can find real progress.