Story Sixty Five: Nesrine from Tunisia
I have always been with the uprising of women in the Arab world. Here is my story:
I am a law student and I got a scholarship for a two week trip to Europe as a reward to my good grades. I was very proud of myself but, unfortunately, i can’t say the same about my mother. She said that i needed to take my brother’s permission first, who is only a few months older than me. When he said that i could go, it still was not enough for her. We argued and she finally said that she doesn’t want me to travel by myself, that i will have the chance to travel with my husband when i get married one day!
I was shocked and enraged. Especially coming from my mother, who is an educated woman and who lived as a single mother after my father’s death so she should know that a woman can be responsible for herself.
But no. If i were a boy, my mother would be so proud and happy with me. But as a girl, i can only function as a sister, a daughter or a wife.
I thought about going anyway. After all, i am an adult and nothing can stop me from doing whatever i want. But, i can’t do that. Not because i am incapable but because my mother would be devastated and i love her too much to hurt her that way. Life is not fair to me because i am a woman. But i vowed to myself that if i have a daughter, i will believe in her. I will make her an emancipated woman and i will fight the world so she can be whatever she wants.