Happy women day

Wala Lut
Posted March 8, 2019 from Yemen

First Thank you very much for accepting me to be a member in this nice world group. My story today : Being an educated woman in society like Yemen is very hard because you have to fight in every step of progress of your life to achieve your goals due to the strict custom and tradition. Actually, I have been fighting to finish my study till my graduation from University . It is clear that living in tough community is very difficult because simply females are treated badly than males.They are hitted,and foreced in marriage from very young age. Here females are not allowed to finish thier Universiry study or choose thier future husband.To be honest,I have encountered both.I beg my father to complete my study ;while ,I exposed to hitting from all three of my brothers .I also remembered I used to hear fighting between father and mother because father wanted me to stop.I prayed everyday to the God to continue my journey till death. Additionally, when I choose my future husband,my mother does not accept it and all my family and my own sisters makes fun of me simply because the man is from another culture.I know it is my right to choose my spouse.Therefore ,by reaching now 38 years old I have decieded that living here in Yemen will make my life more awful.I wish I could move to another country culture and country where it is safe for women to live and work.However, my family still prevent me from traveling . So,please if u have any other suggestions ,share me even by private message. Generally speaking,cruel soceity like Yemeni culture is a huge challenge for ambitious and educated women to live and commuicate.

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Dawn Arteaga
Mar 08
Mar 08

happy Women's Day to you to Wala and thank you for sharing your story and your struggles. please know we are with you and lifting you up in spirit. sending so much strength and love your way today and always.

Mia Aittola
Mar 08
Mar 08

Dear Wala, I admire your courage and commitment to staying true to your path and what you know is right. Keep on doing the best you can with all your heart and know that you are supported by the universe and the community of women here. May you find a way to express your greatest potential in freedom. Lots of love and light - Mia

Urmila Chanam
Mar 08
Mar 08

Dear Wala,
I can feel your pain and loss of hope because several years ago I too had a similar life experience of feeling that I was stuck and not moving anywhere except towards hell like conditions. That was not a good feeling. I encourage you to develop a support system for yourself, friends who are like minded, who have aspirations to study, work, prpgress and help yourself to develop skills gradually while remaining positive that one day opportunities will present to you, just like that! Praying for you.

Love and kisses,
Urmila Chanam,
India
You can reach me at urmila.chanam@gmail.com

otahelp
Mar 08
Mar 08

Urmila that was wonderful of you. surely Wala needs a support system for herself and others like her. it will surely assist them endure the stress while it will also give them something to fight with.

janetgu3
Mar 08
Mar 08

Keep up the good fight, Wala! I don't have good advice for you, but i do think your perseverance can be an inspiration to other Yemeni girls and women!

otahelp
Mar 08
Mar 08

Happy international womens day. it is really tough Wala living in such a society as yours but todays theme is #BalanceforBetter so we must continue to push until something happens. Even at 38 you still cannot make your own decision hmm its tougher than i thought. but do not give up hope am sure something can happen soon. thank you for letting us into the lives of Yemen women and girls

Keturah Shammah
Mar 08
Mar 08

Happy Women\s Day Wala! A m glad hearing your story!

Tola Makinde
Mar 08
Mar 08

Thanks for sharing your story.

Happy IWD

Kaity Van Riper
Mar 08
Mar 08

Happy women's day! You are an inspiration

Jill Langhus
Mar 09
Mar 09

Hello Dear Wala,

Thanks for sharing your sad, but strong message. I hear you! I totally agree with Urmila and Janet! We are here for you. I hope your situation improves, dear.

Hello, Wala,

Thank you for your bravery to share your story.

I hope you can find like-minded women in Yemen so you can together create solutions for the issues women face there. I believe there are a number of women who are secretly crying out there for the maltreatment and injustice they face.

Who knows the initiative/solutions you create can open bigger opportunities for you? I've read stories like that from our World Pulse sisters.

Please update us here.

Happy International Women's Day!

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 13
Mar 13

Dear Wala,
I am so glad that you have found the World Pulse community and hope you do find World Pulse sisters and others close by you as support. The right to choose who we love and live our lives with is a basic Human Right. I have no promises but will private message you as soon as I have any information I can get ahold of that has worked for other women to escape to a new country. Please know too that we are all committed to working together to apply pressure to all governments for these rights for all women everywhere.
With love in sisterhood,
Tam

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