The power of an Epiphany and a Shield
I am very fortunate to born in a family where I have not felt discriminated as a woman which frankly made me grow up indifferent about the issues women face in this society. However one of the stories in my life has woken me up from the hibernating state I was wooing.
It was the beginning of my university years. Here I should state that I am very lucky to be a part of a university that aims to empower women as leaders. So yes those were the days when I really started becoming strong as a woman. The event occurred in a train journey where me and one of my friends were heading to Dhaka city. The compartment that day was very busy and jam-packed. It all started with a middle aged man who was standing in front of us suddenly leaned towards my friend just so he can touch her. I told him politely to stand properly as my friend was feeling uncomfortable. But without listening he started yelling at me. At that point I got angry and started confronting. I thought everyone in the compartment has observed the situation and would be supportive. However instead they started blaming me and then I got all shattered and could not look up again as I was feeling really insulted. I found my friend very uncomfortable which made me feel guilty and stupid. That day I realized how women are blatantly blamed and abused by this society. The event really diminished my self-esteem and I was quite determined not to confront any man again in my entire life as I feared that they only know to insult you rather than trying to understand. Few months after this event in 2009 I first got introduced to world pulse. I do not know whether it emerged as a miracle or not but having introduced to world pulse community I took back my words of not fighting against injustice. The event has given me the epiphany about women’s right and world pulse helped me regain my strength and encouraged me to stand upright as an intrepid soldier in the war of establishing rights for women.
This community has given me the opportunity to interact with thousands of creative minds and freethinkers of the world. We not only are learning about women from different countries but also perceiving their cultures, backgrounds, their ideas and sayings. I see world pulse as one of my friends and shields who I believe give me the strength to speak up against injustices and discrimination. Today I would not fear to raise my voice against those people who once lead me to disgrace because I know I have a huge allied troop to support me. I only wish all the women around the world would soon realize that they are not alone and they should not be timid by the dumb and meaningless barking of those who do not know how to respect women.