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Holding hands -Nawra Mehrin

Holding hand is a sign of affection and love, ethics and morality, love and companionship, unity and spirit. I feel that it is a symbol far stronger and greater than any other motivational emblems of social change or revolution. Being born as a woman in a country which holds a rich history of a War of Independence with Pakistan, “holding hands” is of special significance to me.

The women of Bangladesh took part in the fight for their language alongside men in the war in 1971. Through unison, the large scale population of the country had fulfilled their aspirations of freedom and the role of women in various sectors of the war cannot be left out. Women were there on battlefields, they were at training camps, rearing children at homes, taking care of the sick and wounded in medical camps, supporting the freedom fighters with food, shelter, money and clothing; they were subjects of sexual abuse from the war rivals and still survived to pass on their stories to the future generations. This is an exemplary story of unity that not only every Bangladeshi citizen should bear in their minds and hearts, but the entire world community should preserve for their children to know and learn.

After about 39 years of the bloodshed, Bangladesh still stands by the identity that her freedom fighters have given her. However, thanks to social perspectives, mores, taboos and stereotypes, the role of women in the war history is left neglected. It is time such perceptions are changed and women are recognized as pivotal factors in the cause and strength behind achieving this nationwide freedom that speaks to the world community of our national spirit and ability to “hold hands.” Only a woman can be a selfless friend, a daughter, a wife, a mother and also an asset for its nation and the world.

As a representative of Bangladesh, I salute all those mothers of the nation who have shared with us tales of their endurance, courage and bravery.



pooza11's picture

Holding hand is a symbol for

Holding hand is a symbol for a stronger relationship.You are so true that it is only women who can recieve many titles at the same time.

Keep writing


Yes Pooza.
Women are God's best creations and it's sad how women have been victims of all sorts of discriminations and crooked norms for centuries now.

Nawra Mehrin


hannabarket's picture

The best creation

I was moved by this and its tru, women are God's best creation; we just have to scape from the jaws of long held traditions and cultural norms that perpetuate violance against women.
thank you for sharing your view! great

Nawra Mehrin's picture

Thank you =D Great to know

Thank you =D
Great to know you too.

Nawra Mehrin


jluoh's picture


Nawra, this is such a powerful truth and while women in Bangladesh deserve their rightful honor, I believe women all around the world have been serving in irreplaceable capacities and have changed mankind. I am so proud to be a woman and am glad to stand hand-in-hand with mothers, sisters, wives, and selfless givers of this world.
Thank you!

Nawra Mehrin's picture

Yes Jen.It is for us to

Yes Jen.It is for us to change the way the world treats us.

Nawra Mehrin


Asma Ejaz's picture


Hey Nawra,
I am very pleased to read this easy.Holding hand is symbol of power.
Best Wishes!
Asma Ejaz

anaisjane's picture

holding hands

I am just surprised reading on this topic (of holding hands), how we all have different perspectives and different stories and HERstories, and how in the end we all agree that having a hand in your hand is the most powerful symbol of unity, love and equality.

I am glad to find you!

andreea m.

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