The Undying Issue

Please watch the video before reading this post.

I saw this video by accident while browsing the internet one day, but it was an accident I’m happy I clicked into. Here is some quick background on the video, since I know it moved very fast and the topic may have been hard for some to pick up. The interviewer is Rima Karaki, a Lebanese TV host, author and columnist. She is interviewing Hani Al-Seba’i, a Islamic scholar, on the topic of Christians joining Islamic groups such as ISIS.

What I find so amazing about this video is the action Karaki takes to stop injustice and take a stand. Anyone can preach about an idea or belief they have, but not a lot of people can take action on those beliefs. She doesn’t like the way she is being treated so she ends the disrespect and defends herself.

Since this interview has gone viral, Karaki is being hailed a role model for women all over the world. This interview took place around International Women’s Day, a nice coincidence that has added to the hype around the story.

In my opinion, Karaki is a perfect example for women to follow. She took charge of an unfortunate situation and got herself out of harms way. This is an amazing message to women; stand your ground, take charge and take care of yourself. I’m always so happy to find another woman to look up to and to aspire to be like.

This video also highlights sexism. It is once again shown to be an issue that isn’t going away anytime soon. While this video highlights how women are looked down upon in many Middle Eastern cultures and religions, it is an issue all over the world that affects people from all walks of life. Women everywhere are still physically, mentally, socially and economically abused.

If we don’t start becoming more proactive women will always be oppressed and videos like this will keep popping up. I hope that one day we won’t need to have this conversation and women everywhere will be treated with equality and respect. This is an issue close to my heart because it is something that has and will continue to affect me and all of the important women in my life. The stereotypical picture of a woman “barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen” (as my history teacher says) needs to change.

There are strong women to look up to everywhere we turn. Along with Karaki there are women like: Michelle Obama, Indra Nooyi (Pepsi CEO), Lupita Nyong’o and Angelina Jolie (actresses), Angela Merkel (chancellor of Germany), and everyday women who find time to cook and clean and then head off to their jobs to help support their familes. These women are breaking stereotypes and speaking up in many different forums, yet sexism is still an issue.

With women like these leading our world, the stereotypical image of a woman at home no longer applies. Yet it is still used. Is it because some are not ready to accept the new roles of women? Is it because the traditional views of women are stronger than the more recent, common trends (working moms, both parents work)? Or is it because people aren’t being raised to accept change and respect everyone, including themselves?

These are questions that I will continue to ask until men and women are truly equal on all levels, in every culture. I don’t want to have less opportunities in life because I am a girl and I don’t want that for future generations either.

Karaki ended her segment with a powerful quote, “Either there is mutual respect, or the conversation is over.” But the conversation about international women’s rights will continue until there is that mutual respect.

Here is a great article to read if you are interested in learning more about this story: International Business Times Article

Comment with any thoughts or questions about this story!


One thought on “The Undying Issue

  1. euecker says:

    Rima Karaki’s comments are fantastic from the beginning. Everyone can see the man is rambling on and she tells him to wrap it up because there’s no time. That alone is so strong because she’s not disagreeing with his view or discussing his answer at all, she’s just saying he needs to answer now or don’t answer at all. The fact that he eventually comments that she is beneath him, that she is a woman- all that says to me is that he was so ignorant of the fact that he was wasting everyone’s time with his history lesson that he felt the need to assert his dominance as a man with the most neanderthal way of going about it.
    But the best part is that it didn’t work all because of Rima Karaki and her flawless and concise rebuttal- “Either there is mutual respect, or the conversation is over.”
    Great job India I thoroughly enjoyed reading this!!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s