it is their culture, I may not agree with some parts/aspects of it, but I can't tell them what is wrong or right based on what my values are. In due time, they can and will do it themselves. People are born to be free and with cultural influences around the globe, somehow things will change for them.
Am not gearing towards that. In my opinion, I just think that it is not proper to impose your values to other people just because you think theirs is wrong. What they are doing to their women and children are disgusting, because it is not what we have been accustomed to, but still we should let them change things on their own.
Thank you for raising this topic, AnnCee. I saw that CNN interview as well. It's very common for Middle Eastern women to be highly educated abroad. I remember two sisters from Iraq (among many, many others) who attended college with me. They were so vivacious and full of life. I can't imagine them going home to a country that wouldn't allow them to drive a car!! But women do!
I am not a student of revolutionary history. However, an observation is that freedom comes (read: must be fought for and won) in waves. The Egyptian people are in a period of political flux. I can only imagine that creates fear and uncertainty. Men being men (and you know what I mean), they can only handle so much tumult at a time. And, the women are fighting against many, many centuries of total male domination.
If we use the US as a parallel, revolution against Britain 1770s. Women achieve right to vote 1920. ERA introduced 1923 ERA passed by Congress 1972
Not very encouraging, is it? Plus, Egypt is 94% Muslim. That's an overwhelming obstacle.
What can these women do? Well, I would love it if they could seek political asylum here. Good thing I'm not in a position to make immigration policy, eh?
They are in a very ‘deep dark hole,’ even though the first civilization may have started in Egypt.
Theirs is a different culture from your culture.
Currently, almost a million Egyptian households have access to internet and it’s just a matter of time before that 'rigid culture' is positively influenced to get these women to fight for their rights.