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Stop Gender Discrimination Now

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It is an age old stigma on women that this particular strata of the humankind deserves lesser than its male counterpart. The evidences of this injustice can be found even in history. Since times immortal, countless atrocities gave been committed against women, the depths of which would literally tear apart even its readers.

Recently, While going through an article recently, I realized that women, belonging to any and every background, no matter where they reside, face this problem of violations of rights. Till now I’ve been thinking that women rights are only violated in Pakistan, the place I live, but unfortunately that not the case.

There is a silent scream inside every second woman because of so many different reasons, she may not even have words for.

Women around us face thousands of problems daily and they are so many that if i kept writing them, an entire life would fall short. Every new moment, thousands of women are victimized by increasing violence and abuse. Women whether married or spinster, teenager or adult, face violence in every part of world either by strangers or it is there own known people who drag them to misery, some to even death. The main cause of this problem is gender discrimination. Women have always been considered as a weaker sex because of their physique. Living here in Pakistan, I’ve always thought that it is us Pakistani women that face gender discrimination and domestic violence but studies show that there are similar victims all around the world.

It is so so obvious that the world we live in doesn’t entirely value women. If it would’ve happened, below given examples wouldn’t exist.

This is from Nigeria, where 200 girls were kidnapped and sold to slavery because they just attempted to go to school.

An american University campus has become the hub of rapes and assault and the administration of the institute cares a damn.

A writer Catherine McKinnon writes in ‘Are women Human?’ that every year, in America, the same number of women die as a result of violence, as they did in the event of 9/11. So who are the terrorists now?

These examples may feel disconnected from our individual lives, but they’re not. There is a direct connection between women being undervalued and women internalizing this attitude and undervaluing themselves. There is a direct link between women’s freedom and human rights not being respected, and moreover, tolerating relationships and violence at their workplaces where their needs and voices aren’t heard or subdued.

My question is, is the caliber of that American University more important than the individual lives of women raped there, that even after receiving the complaints the issue is not acted upon promptly? Or is it a sin to get your daughters educated as in the case of Nigerian girls or is slavery more beneficial to them, where they will be beaten and abused to death?

I guess its high time now that we stop the ongoing massacres before the time passes out. We should act rather than sitt twiddling our thumbs and waiting for that “someone” to come and eradicate such vices. And if there is nothing we can do, than we can at least value the women around us because valuing one woman means valuing the entire society. And always bear this in mind; women aren’t powerless creatures. The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world is in fact true. Its just the time and the society we live in that compels them to become get low on self esteem and thereby feel weak and powerless.

If all of us do our part well, eventually, I hope for the day to come and soon, when the ideas that age old global revolutionaries have envisaged about women empowerment will be realized in their true essence. Its only a matter of time.

by Rohayl Varind (Pakistan)
Oxford Brooke University

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Kristian Mensa A 17 Year Old Artist Create Illustrations Using Everyday Objects

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The movable, the immovable and those that move

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There was pin-drop silence and then the clock chimed thrice. As if on cue, a hand appeared over my shoulder with a warm glass of milk. This is the same hand that rocked my cradle, when I was an infant, not entitled to autonomy. This hand was of the same person, who stayed up for nights, only to look after me, like a veracious guardian. This was the same hand, that helped me in times of severe jingoism, between my outer self, and my deep-rooted ego. This was the same hand, that occasionally found it’s way over my head-as a soothing gesture-to pacify my insatiable soul. As I found myself interspersed between an array of thoughts, I realised that this hand was of the same person who often said ” Beta don’t worry: everything will be alright”.

My relationship with my mother-which I never truly embraced-was one filled with a plethora of apices and troughs. In times of uncertainty, I’d always turn back to my mother because she understood me like no one else. She was someone who could distinguish between my highs and my lows. I still remember it like yesterday, when my mum would stand up against my father (who was initially against the idea of me pursuing tennis), to assure everyone how important it was, to allow the children to grow with a free mind. In times like these, I can only imagine how hard it would’ve been, for a single person, to metaphorically fight these fisticuffs against an insular and patriarchal society. I could probably jabber on for ages, but the point is: my mother was always a vehement supporter of allowing her children to excel in whichever field they desired.

Minutes turned into hours, hours turned into days, and days turned into years. Eighteen years, and here I am; the world record holder for the most number of A*s in O levels-a feat previously perceived as “impossible”. It would not have been possible, had my mum not spent countless nights tutoring me, pacifying my agitated soul.

My dad was always an academics fanatic, and so, expected me to live up to his expectations as well. Initially, he would get upset when he would compare my academic performance with that of other students of my age. This feeling was, however, ephemeral. With persistent efforts, I was even able to convince my dad, to let me play tennis.

My parents have always acted wisely, in times of uncertainty. It would not be wrong to say, that they used tennis as my weakness, to positively exploit my untapped academic talents as well! I still remember how my dad would tell me that he would increase my lesson time with my coach, if I attained certain marks in certain subjects of mine. Consequently, I did work hard to get those marks, so I could play tennis. It is more like I earned the hours that I spent on the court.

As I grew older, I started to appreciate the path that my parents had chosen for me. After my trip to the junior tennis champions centre in America, I could quite clearly discern that my parents would never let me leave behind studies-even temporarily-to pursue tennis. This was by far the hardest time that I have ever seen. I cried a lot, for I had been an artisan who had carefully woven a dream. And to watch that dream slip away from my hands, like water-without any control has been the gloomiest and the most disparaging scene that I have ever seen.

The good part is though, that I have learned to accept things just the way they are. I always wanted to be a tennis player, but so what? It is not the end of life. I have learned to face life with a new burst of zeal, regardless of whatever it throws at me.

Even though I gave up on a big dream, what I learned from my experience overall, was far superior to what I had ever imagined to learn. I did not let go of the dream to make myself exceptional, so that my name would echo on the streets of Pakistan, long after I have departed.

Dear readers, I would not be wrong in saying that I’ve tried my best, to make a mark. I have tried my level best to promote the reputation of our beloved country, to higher levels.

Last month, when I got the award of excellence from the British House of Lords, it was a dream-come-true sort of a situation for me. It was ethereal; I was uniquely elated to a level I never thought was even possible. However, I realised something more important that day; I realised that whenever someone would call out my name, the chants of ‘Pakistan’ would always cling to it. At this moment, I was proud, now more than ever, to be part of a nation as great as Pakistan.

Dear readers, although I hope that my future career is in medicine, the journey has already be extremely wonderful. Achieving the impossible has become the spark of my intellectual curiosity. My parents, my family, my friends and my teachers are highly revered. I am what I am, due to their persistent  and conscientious efforts.

I have made a mark; I have at least tried to pay a millionth part of what Pakistan gave me, back to it. So, dear readers, are you ready? Are you all ready to help your country out in austere times like these?

This is future of our own Pakistan that we are talking about. No excuses.

by Talal Almas 
Harvard University

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Problems faced by the youth today

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The youth of today has been widely outclassed; they do not consider themselves to be too young to be pampered, and they are not supposed to be old enough to take responsibility on their own shoulders. The main problem is the communication gap between them and their elders — the former believing themselves to be old enough for taking their own decisions for matters personal or social while the latter just refuse to hand over this responsibility to them.

This leads to temperaments rising high more often. The most common problem a person faces at this phase of life is peer pressure. They are pressures which either dare or threat the youth into doing what one would rather avoid. Some people are naturally competitive and they strive to act in ways that could help settle their ‘image’ either to impress or intimidate others. This can be seen in their disobedience of their elders who try to advice them through experiences which these young ones lack at the moment but fail at it dismally. Six out of every 10 such people are usually short- tempered and rude in their response. Many hesitate in taking their parents’ advice in different matters, particularly in issues which according to them are very modest and thus they land up in taking up the wrong decision. Today’s youth is more outgoing, more extravagant in their desires and less into their studies; they are stubbornly leading a luxurious lifestyle and know less of the benefits of hard work excluding fitness.

However, this article is not just about problems faced by the youth today from the elite class, the privileged. In our society, unfortunately, there are many young people who cannot even afford to go to school. They remain illiterate and are shamefully and mercilessly forced into child labour when they ought to be learning and enjoying life like the rest of their age group. A number of them face problems and some even lost their life or limb, doing jobs which are meant for older people. Sometimes, racism and/or discrimination against people of opposite gender, caste, creed or religion makes them a victim of emotional disorder. They have low self-esteem and can easily be overridden by views of other people. This is in special reference to the general concept of male domination over women who are taken for granted in respect to their specialisation at house chores. Because today’s children are less concerned with politics, they are vulnerable to be used in anti- social activities with false charms that lure them into active participation. They are kept hostages for ransom and/or turned into militants in the name of religion as displayed by the Lal Masjid incident. Last but not the least, are the so-called love issues which have dramatically been on rise since the past few years, but end mostly in the destruction of lives either by suicide of oneself/murder of the opposing one or by eternal misery which renders them mentally unfit.

The depression overpowers them and very few are able to cope up with it as another aspect of the ups and downs of life. We should remember that the more we remain down-to-earth and enjoy life as it is meant to be, the better we stay for the rest of our lives. One should always remain aware of where his actions can lead him to in future. Though it is believed that everything is predestined in our lives, we still are responsible for our deeds since God has provided us a brain to think before doing anything. It can be justly said that this age is the most difficult part of life and each and every one of us have to pass. Man is said to be learning throughout his life. It is not that one cannot recover later in life but by then it may be too late as time can prove to be the worst opponent in any fight. Therefore, we should take note of our slip-ups when there is time left and even if failure approaches us, overcome it with complete domination as John Keats once said “Don’t be discouraged by a failure.

It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, in as much as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out to some form of error which we shall afterwards carefully avoid.”

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Father rapes his daughter

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The pro-life movement has long pointed out that abortion is used to cover up cases of rape or incest and a horrific story out of Egypt proves the point. According to a local news report, police have arrested a father who reportedly raped and impregnated his daughter and then took her to an abortion clinic to force her to have an abortion. Following the forced abortion, the man’s wife reported him to authoritieswheb vital signs of pregnancy were visible on the innocent.
Arabic language daily ‘Al Youm Al Sabei’ said the father fled and hid in another village. An Egyptian father impregnated his 17-year-old daughter after raping her many times over the past months, before forcing her to have an abortion. Police arrested the man in Minya province, nearly 245km south of the capital Cairo, after his brother reported that he forced the girl to have an abortion at a private clinic in a remote village. Hearing this, his wife pleaded for divorce and he’s arrested. He further confessed that he was compulsed to do it because his wife would not give him sexual pleasure. This certainly is the call for the dooms day for when God has said that people will forget their moral values.

This person misused the angelic relationship of father/daughter. And certainly deserves to die a painful death.

by Wajeeha Naeem (Pakistan)
The City School

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