When it comes to creating a political change for equal rights, women are definitely in the front line as they are the victims, in this case, of discrimination, objectification and basically inequality; and the first step that should be taken, in my opinion, is spreading awareness and educating women about not only their duties, but also their rights in order for them to claim them the right way, as their goal is to achieve a kind of equality with men and not superiority.
I believe the biggest obstacle females can face is men pulling the “women are the weaker gender’’ card, which is correct. They are the weaker gender, on the physical level that is, but even then there are a couple of exceptions mind you. Other than that women can be very competent, creative and practical just as much as men can be.
One example of women gaining power in Algeria, as far as I’m concerned, has to be the one and only Ben Ghebrit, our Minister of National Education since 2014. The woman controls the educational program of an entire nation without being able to complete a single sentence in proper Arabic due to the fact that she studied abroad, so she uses French instead, which sounds ridiculous to me. Not to forget her controversial ministerial decisions, because of which she is constantly being criticized. She’s a great example of women misusing their only chance to show how influential and powerful they can be, and it still amazes me how her being a woman combined with her wrong choices still didn’t affect her very important position in the ministry, which sheds light on how the whole topic of women’s power and equality is pretty messed up here in Algeria.
Concerning the objectification of women, I think it’s a very sensitive topic that has been appropriately covered by my peers, and considering that I was not necessarily a victim of a serious harassment or abuse before–at least not yet—I don’t think I can fully convey how hard and humiliating it must be, and I imagine it’s even trickier for men to completely understand even for those who support equality. Therefore I’d love to hear everyone’s opinions regarding the topic, men included.