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Ignorance is a sin

My biggest challenge is to help women in my community to overcome ignorance, which for some of them is the easiest way to unconsciously express incapability.
Women represent a bit more than 50% of our community, but yet, their presence in leading positions and policy-making levels is absent, due to traditional hierarchical structures and also religious rules. But this can be changed through serious work towards integrating with men in leading groups, and it doesn't necessarily require challenging traditional or religious rules in the short term.
All we need is to speak, to begin with the most basic level of using the words to let our presence be noticed, and this could be done using the web for example where we can start contributing our opinions, writings, articles, maybe also organize events and invite people to take part via virtual campaigns.
Some other things that we can do among many others are: sharing personal experiences of web based learning, translate world data and statistics about women as agents of change and their achievements, launch forums for discussion and mutual learning, etc.
PulseWire is one example of a community were people learn to overcome ignorance; Headlines of the stories published here can easily catch the eye, and when reading through it can easily catch the heart. We can always be motivated when we read about other women who are more or less similar to us, and they managed with their determination and hard work to reach their goals and bring change to where it's disparately needed.


dnayyar's picture


Your post is so insightful.
Thanks for sharing.


Adepeju's picture

Hello Shefaa

I completely agree with you. Ignorance is really a big issue out there in trying to promote women's right but we must not give up! Thank you for your article. I've learnt something about breaking barriers.

MaDube's picture

It caught my eye

Your post's title made me want to read it too. My current housemate was living in Syria and moved to Egypt recently. He has talked a lot about the absence of Syrian women even on the social front, I mean in places where people meet to engage on a purely social level and I guess that is attributable to the culture and religion. Here is one voice, yours speaking up and I hope it will create change for the remaining voices that are still silenced.

Rita Raj's picture

learned helplessness

women have remained invisible for so long it is a risk to even make a choice and explore options

Rita Raj's picture

learned helplessness

women have remained invisible for so long it is a risk to even make a choice and explore options

Osai's picture

Re: Ignorance is a sin

Hello Sheefa,

We have a saying 'If Education is expensive, try Ignorance'

We should educate others and ourselves more. The power to change and to demand rights lies with us. We need to speak out and we need to show others the way.

Best wishes,

Twitter: @livingtruely

viochan's picture

Great post

Hi Shefaa,
Your post is very insightful. I love your thoughts on women being part of the conversation without the need (at least in the short term) to challenge religious or gender ideas. Those issues should also be tackled, but why not start NOW with just showing up at the table, right?

The story you posted was a little short, so I hope to hear much more about you and your wonderful ideas in future assignments! In the meantime, keep up the good work!



AmyC's picture

Shefaa, Your country is at


Your country is at such an exciting turning point - like Egypt, there's so much potential there that could be tapped if change came, especially for women!

Did you hear about this Egyptian social media campaign led by women against harassment?

You make good points, but I would like to have read more about your personal experiences: what challenges you've been affected by and how you've tried to change them or what you've been a part of. What you speak of are well-known concerns; what helps to make these challenges potent, however, is offering a personal voice to them.

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