Here are the thoughts of Shirin Hasrat, a 64 year old retired teacher from Pathway World School.
What are your thoughts on feminism?
Feminism should focus on the core essence of fighting for equality in education and job opportunities, but distance themselves from issues which would trivialise the movement.
What trivalises the movement?
Fight for equal opportunity, or against domestic violence or marital rape. Supporting women who have had live in consensual relationships and then cry rape…that trivialises the movement.
If you had to write a feminine code what would it entail?
Is there a code of conduct for men? I would only suggest that women carry themselves with dignity and grace and not allow themselves to be belittled. Respect for self should take precedence . Be supportive of causes which edifying women and help them to make their lives qualitatively better. Fight for equal opportunity, or against domestic violence or marital rape. And why do we forget that it is women who perpetrate the worst kind of cruelty on other women? What needs to be built up through awareness is support of the sisterhood, women need to educate their sons to respect women. That is what is important.
A woman you admire?
Public figure Mother Teresa for selfless love and service. However my inspiration are the thousands of women who contribute in their unique way by rising above their circumstances to make their world better.
To know more about Shirin, read-https://a100reflections.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/make-love-not-scars-by-shirin-hasrat/
© Text & Photograph-Shirin Hasrat