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Week 2 VOF assignment

Life is but a process of exposition to new ideas, inventions, and opportunities. Almost worldwide, many institutional apparatuses try to control and modify this process of exposition so that the person can gradually understand what this new encounter is and perceive it in a way that is unthreatening to the values and beliefs he or she have been raised upon.

I was born into a middle class Lebanese Muslim family. My parents have been sacrificing their own lives and time for the good of their children. They almost always took our opinions in whatever we wanted to pursue. In brief, we have had a voice, unlike most of the females living around. Whether it was my choice of school, university major, or husband,I did what was on my mind.

Yet, until my admission into university, the set of experiences i passed through and the people I met were of similar surroundings and circumstances as those i come from. I was barely exposed to new ideas and opportunities. This changed when I started taking classes and reading materials on different religions, and critics of the oppressing practices against women in the name of Islam. I realized then that not all people see religion in the eyes of mom and dad, or my eyes. Many critics of the treatment of Muslim women do have ground basis, which is the maltreatment of these women in many parts of the world and keeping them voiceless.

By participating in Pulsewire, I first want to connect with women worldwide and hear about different problems that our societies might share. By taking role in the Voices of Our Future competition in particular, I want to learn more on the techniques that may best benefit me in reporting about the conditions of women in my surroundings. I do not only aim to help women who are being oppressed due to extremist interpretations of religion, but also to inform the world out there that there are Muslim women who have a voice. And, most importantly, it is important for me to meet women from different countries and backgrounds to work together in raising the voices of women without necessarily making them disbelievers. It will be a world with more diversity, but with less problems.

Comments

Sharontina's picture

Impressed.

I am happy that though you have such a wonderful life you are looking out into the odds of the lives of other women around you.

i wish you the very best in bringing out the stories of the sisters in the community

Love

Merlin Sharontina

bhavna's picture

Kudos

Dear Bitani
Wow, despite having a good life you chose to speak for those less fortunate women around you. This speaks a lot about you. Keep it up, looking forward to hear from you.
Yes, we all crave for a world with less problems, especially for a woman, who eventually suffers more as she is considered the second half.

Warm regards and best wishes :)

Taha Mirani's picture

Kudos

Dear Bitani,

You're an inspiration, dear. Loved your piece. And your journey.

Blessings from this side.

Love

Taha Mirani

Taha Mirani's picture

Kudos

Dear Bitani,

You're an inspiration, dear. Loved your piece. And your journey.

Blessings from this side.

Love

Taha Mirani

Aminah's picture

We are connecting the globe

It is great that you are reaching out to less fortunate people.

Keep striving forward. We need as many voices as possible to raise ourselves out of atrocious situations.

Regards
Aminah

Salaam
Aminah

bitani's picture

Thanks

Sharontina, bhavna, Taha Mirani, and Aminah; thanks for devoting part of your time to read my post and leave your comments.

warmest regards,
bayan

Cali gal Michelle's picture

Bitani- Your strong

Bitani- Your strong journalistic writing style for this story is at once engaging and gripping. You have so smoothly tied your childhood history Into your life journey, and finally here, to World Pulse. I love that you want to use your voice. I love that you want to advance your journalism skills in order to bring the reality of the ill treatment of women to light. Not only that, but you want to extend the knowledge to change attitudes.

It is clear that you want to find similarity amidst diversity, free of judgement. What a better world it would be more though like you. Your voice is strong and positive!

Let us Hope together-
Michelle
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RosemaryC's picture

Diversity as a source of harmony

Dear Bitani:
Thank you so much for sharing your story and your insights. You are blessed indeed to have such wise and loving parents who listen to your wishes and ideas, and support you in pursuing what you want to do in your life. And I salute your determination to keep reaching outwards, to continue learning and sharing knowledge so that diversity becomes a source of peace and harmony rather than discord.
Helping those of us who are not Muslim learn about the values, customs and cultures of Islam and how they affect women, both positively and negatively, and hearing many more voices of Muslim women in the ongoing conversations about the roles of women worldwide is very important, I think.
I liked what you said about the role of institutions, especially schools and universities, in helping us learn in appreciative and constructive ways about how others think and believe while respecting the cultural values and beliefs with which we ourselves were raised.
I wish you all the best in your journey of learning and sharing.
Best wishes,
Rosemary

Falchemist's picture

Bitani, I like your statement

Bitani,

I like your statement about people working together to lift up the voices of women "without necessarily making them disbelievers" and although I'm not altogether certain that we will have fewer problems, I am inspired by the belief that we will manage our problems in different and more compassionate ways.

And you might be right! I expect we shall always have challenges because that is the nature of human living, but perhaps fewer of these problems which cause such devastation and grief.

bitani's picture

thanks

Michelle, Rosemary, and Falchemist:

thanks for your kind words and for the time you devoted to read my post and to comment on it.

best,

Bayan

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