Women in Power

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If you want to destroy a country, start with the woman. She is half of the society and she raises the other half. Deprive her from education and keep her away from studying and learning and you will get an ignorant society.” That was a quote I came across today and it stuck to my head and I spent the whole day thinking about how true it is. If we take a deeper look at the Middle Eastern society for example, we can see that many families always tend to encourage their sons to complete their studies and get higher degrees while these same families think that their daughters won’t need education. I saw many girls back in Syria that dropped out of college because they didn’t think that they would need a degree. Most of them had full grades in high school and were brilliant but neither these girls nor their families believed that their education will matter or will make a change in this male dominated society.

However if we take a closer look of how women impacted this world, we can obviously realize that it wasn’t only men’s work. Women have won Nobel prizes, have built countries, have lead successful companies and so on. Unfortunately this is not what many women see. They underestimate themselves and don’t believe in their ability to affect this world.

What we really need is a change in the way the woman is looked at. This change is not only from men’s perspective but also from the perspective of the woman herself. I’ve met many wonderful women here in the US that are leaders now and they have proved that they can be as good as men. I think our role is to raise awareness of how educating women is the key to a well-structured society that offers equal opportunities to its people regardless of their gender.

Zeina

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  1. gpdoyle says:

    Arab Proverb

    “When you educate a woman you educate a family and nation.”

  2. gpdoyle says:

    Note: The following article was shared with me with the focus of connecting and linking the rights of women in the US to the rights of women across the globe; in all instances, there question is how do we work together to eliminate violence against women. Education is an essential component. Read more.

    “Why Does Congress Keep Quashing the International Violence Against Women Act?
    Adrienne Vogt | The Daily Beast | July 26, 2013

    You’ve seen the statistics—and they’re terrifying.

    Thirty-five percent of women worldwide will experience some form of physical or sexual violence, according to a World Health Organization study released last month.

    “Violence against women is one of the world’s most pervasive human rights abuses. The WHO statistic is one in three women globally will be beaten, raped, or coerced into sex in their lifetime, and we know that rates reach 70 percent in some countries. Frankly, I think the one in three is a gross understatement based on the work that I do on this issue,” says Cristina Finch, managing director for the women’s human rights program at Amnesty International USA.

    In Egypt, 173 cases of mob sexual assaults were reported from June 30-July 9 during the Tahrir Square protests, resulting in only one arrest. Forty-six cases were reported on June 30 alone. In Jordan, Syrian refugees force their 13-year-old daughters to get married because of the constant fear of rape, which is “worse than death.” Syrian refugees in Lebanon—three-quarters of whom are women and children—aren’t faring any better: Living in constant fear of rape and with no options for earning money, women have turned to prostitution as “survival sex.”

    Governments are slow to respond—if they respond at all. Addressing sexual violence in Egypt and Syria has been largely absent at the policy level, writes Peter Blair at The Huffington Post. Not a peep has been heard from British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel about the topic. President Obama merely chided former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi about the recurring violence while on a phone call before Morsi was ousted, according to Blair.”

    For the rest of the story,visit:

    http://womenthrive.org/media-resources/pressroom/news/why-does-congress-keep-quashing-international-violence-against-women

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