In the movie Suffragette (2015), we meet mother and laundry worker Maud Watts, a fictional character meant to represent an active participant in a very real event. This event being the women’s empowerment movement that took place in 1910’s England, and their fight for the right to vote, dubbed Suffragette; a woman seeking the right to vote through organized protest. Though mostly basing the storyline around fictional characters, some of the mentioned women were crucial to this movement, such as Emily Davidson and Emmeline Pankhurst. The mix of real and fictional merge together in a painfully beautiful harmony as they accentuate and build the many characters story line, while mainly focusing Watts’.
Though being the world’s largest democracy, India still has a way to go for maintaining that title. Both major economic and social issues have grown roots into the ways of this country, and the awareness of these issues is spreading like wildfire in today’s world of unlimited information. Among the obvious problems with sanitation, poverty, and pollution, women’s safety and sexual harassment get’s their place on the list.
- Which girls’ stories made the greatest impression on you? Why?
I would say the story of Yasmin had me thinking for a while. After suffering such obvious trauma, it amazes me that she manages to process the happening as something she concurred. It’s something I would expect from a girl at her age, the age where people are usually the most impressionable and insecure. For her to strive through such a thing and still come out of it while looking at herself as a “superhero” is admirable. Such genuine confidence and courage is the opposite of what most people are left with after such a horrific experience.
Yet it saddens me that a girl that young has to put on that type of armor, although it’s better than being paralyzed by the trauma, it shouldn’t be necessary. It shouldn’t happen to children, yet it still does.
Has it ever crossed your mind what kind of undiscovered knowledge that could be stored inside a 12-year-old Somali girl’s head? Because it should’ve, there are just too many girls out there with huge potential but stuck inside their house because their father says so. I would say my insight on gender equality and quality education is good, I’m up to date, I’m always keen on engaging in conversations about this. On the other hand, it’s easy to sometimes forget how much work there is left despite how far we’ve come. For someone living in Norway, there was never a question about whether or not I should enroll school. I didn’t really have a choice, because education is so much of a privilege that it would be more of a scandal if I dropped out rather than me joining in.
The text “The Importance of Water” starts off by thoroughly explaining the pure importance of water, hence the title of the text. This intro includes both examples of areas where water is a necessity as well as focusing on the UN’s aspect of the issue, it’s already mentioned how there are links between water and women’s empow
erment (in addition to others). Furthermore explaining the links to the other subjects, we eventually get to a paragraph with the title “Water and Women”.