Aljazeera reports on how the Arab Spring ultimately was a letdown for women. Synonymous with equal rights? Not so much, says Amal al-Malki.
“We have no voice. We have no visibility… And I am telling you, this is why women’s rights should be institutionalised, it should not be held hostage at the hand of political leaderships who can change in a second, right? Governments should be held responsible for treating men and women equally.” - Amal al-Malki
So again we have movements to highlight inequality but do not move women forward in ways that institutionalizes their rights. Not yet anyway. No reason to give up; women are gaining ground and voice in ways they haven’t before and that in and of itself can be viewed as a small victory.
Disclaimer: This post holds the interpretations and opinions of someone who lives outside the cultural experience of Muslimahs. It is meant to raise awareness and garner support. It does not represent the viewpoints or experiences of women who are experiencing these issues directly. If your questions for me have to do with direct experience I will only be able to refer you to some strong Muslimah’s to better answer you. Thank you for reading and for your understanding of the need for this disclaimer!