Second class citizen by Haneen Attallah, Gaza, Palestine

I am Haneen from Gaza, I am only 27 years old and I have a masters degree in empowerment. Currently, I am a work communication officer in one of the most important international organizations in my country. Thankfully,  I have a great family who supports me and gives me my whole rights as women.I want to talk about gender equity. Simply because I can’t see any gender equity here, in Gaza.  When I start my work, I never would have thought that I would see so much injustice and unfairness toward the girls and women of my community. Further, I would have never thought  I would see how women are treated as second class citizens. The first time I saw this type of inequality I was shocked. One of my friends was fired from her job because she was pregnant.  I couldn’t possibly imagine this type of racism, it’s like “sorry we can’t hire you because you have red hair or because you are fat!”

During all my life I thought that no one could ever treat me like this, but when I was 27 years old I started to deal with this type of racism. People began questioning me why I was not married, in fact many people did not think my life could be worth anything because I was not married. This is just another type of the same discrimination. As a woman in Gaza you are a second class citizen, no matter if you have a masters degree, or if  you are a senior citizen or highly educated, the most important thing to many is asking the two questions: how old are you? Are you married?

  1. Christopher Snell
    Christopher Snell says:

    Continue to stand strong in your convictions, be the beautiful woman that you are… “Be the light your cultivating, and express it often”.
    Surround yourself with people and situations that empower you.
    My blessings to you…

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