At a lot of times, people ask me Why I support the uprising of women in the Arab world, claiming that women do have a lot of rights and are free, also saying that they are allowed to do everything a man is allowed to do, and now women are having the privilege of acquiring jobs of high positions.
I say such an answer is ignorant and is extremely far from what a woman really goes through in our Arab world.
I have not gained my right when I can do the same job as any other man, and yet I am paid less because I am woman.
When I cannot give my children my nationality, when I cannot travel with my children without their father’s consent, and when I have to take my husband’s permission before I speak, then I have nothing.
When my father controls whether I get education or not, when my father decides if I wear a veil or not, when my father determines when and who I get married to, then I have nothing.
When I am looked down upon if I am divorced, when I am rejected if I was smart, when I am silenced if I have an opinion, then I have nothing.
When I am forced to marry the man who raped me, when I am forced to consider myself guilty, when my society condemns me for being beautiful, then I have nothing.
When a man looks at me like a machine to be owned at home, when a man considers me a body for pleasure, when a man dares to raise his hand against my face, then I have nothing.
When my mother only wants to find me a groom, when my sister does not dare to fall in love, when my brother thinks he has the authority to control what I do, then I have nothing.
When I am denied the right to choose my career, when I am neglected in social conversations, and when my intellectual ability is ignored, then I have nothing.
I rebel against this world. I rebel against anyone who considers himself superior to me.
I rebel against the empty thoughts of sexism, and the uncivilized ideas of discrimination.
I rebel against my mother, father, sister, brother, husband, friend, teacher. I rebel against anyone who think I am not good enough.
I rebel against women who are silent and not aware of their rights. I rebel against the society, and how humans have become inhumane.
I rebel against religion, and against any thing people use as an excuse to make me feel less worthy.
I rebel against myself for once believing I was not good enough.
I rebel against the world.
I am with the the uprising of women in the Arab world because I deserve to live.