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Old 12-02-2018, 10:35 PM   #392
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Western feminists refuse to confront the same vile ideology which oppresses my Arab sisters
Elham Manea
12 February 2018 • 11:35am

I am the daughter of a Yemeni diplomat. He came from a humble background but his dedication to education got him a scholarship, and he left the country in 1947 for higher education. That journey made him a humanist who believed in educating me just like my brother. Our conservative tribal tradition did not mean a thing to him.

But I was lucky. With a different father, I would have married at a very early age and my education would have ended at the age of 12 – a cousin of mine had this experience. If that had happened, I would not be where I am today – a political scientist living in Zurich, campaigning for the rights of Arab women.

Even as #MeToo sweeps the West, the situation for Arab women is still bad. The simple story is that they are oppressed by religious patriarchy.
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