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
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