I was thinking and just decided to post this as a rant. I was thinking about women’s issues in general because of the Kolena Layla campaign (if I can call it that). I love empowered women. I tried to start blogging about great examples of Egyptian women a while back and got stuck. I still manage to find examples which still make me proud even if it is for simpler reasons (like businesses or bloggerettes turned authors). Is it because there are not a lot of examples? or is perhaps because they are not celebrated as much? I know think more about women’s rights, education, health and general well being now that I have a girl of my own.
I was very lucky to have been blessed with an amazing set of parents who thought that we could do or be whatever we wanted as long as it wasn’t harram. Their line was drawn there and only there. It is hard to argue with religion because those kind of values do not budge when society does. They taught us (I have a super younger sister too) that we could think for ourselves.
It is all about mindset, beleifs and the basic idea that we have rights, even if they are very simple ones. It is all about teaching girls to be balanced, strong individuals. The media is not helping either, and this is confusing girls.
Even girls who do have a choice are confused. Do they want to be successful? Should they look like super models? Should they get married or follow their dreams? Do they want to have kids right away or do they want to wait? Do they want to stand out as innovators, leaders, inventors and owners? Do they want to follow?
A total rant.