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The change I want to be!

Alia Turki Al-Rabeo

When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened\". John M. Richardson

I believe that our future is in our hands. After a decade or 15 years, I want to be one of the most100 powerful women in the world, for my impact on society.

So far, I have lived in a society that neither considers females’ views worth nothing. The society did not impact me much as I grew up in a good and open-minded home, an island of love and equality, existing in an ocean of gender and class discrimination.

I met someone once who wanted to support the people in Syria. I wondered as to why he should take such pains. He said, “If the environment around us is good that means we are fine too and we can all live in peace.”

Similarly, if we can correct the male mindset about women, we all can have peace in family and society both. I don't agree with so called research suggesting that women had little role in society before Islam. I believe that these were the men who wrote history and they could not feel, see and appreciate the role women played in their lives, economy and society at large.

Times are changing fast. Women and men are forgetting the importance of family. Selfish prevails on our minds. Women can spend all the time in shopping or in improving her looks to attract her husband instead of sitting down with kids. They refuse to realize that if he goes away due to looks, then never mind and let him go because he can never appreciate you as a human being.

I wonder if I can change this mindset of men assigning roles to their female counterparts. The universe is big enough to explore a role for her than what has been traditionally assigned. Most men take heavy dose of work and forget emotions. Thus they keep accusing women for being emotional. Women are less confused and don’t blur the lines separating the heart and the mind!

For all women you should be happy when you hear this from men because they envy us , and let's think to help them to be like us, I can see that we can do that in the near future , we who are going to help men to extent their problems more than they would help us.

I want to bury my head into books to read more about history and see how women have changed our present and what can I replicate for the next generations. May be I can do something great like them and rewrite the history to correct misperceptions.

Sometimes I ask sensitive question to my male cousins about situation of women, their perspective of women, their approach to virginity and honor. What is more important: women’s honor or morals as human beings? I feel contended when I can make them rethink but fell desperate when every thing falls on late ears.

I believe that the change has to start from myself. If I want to be a good leader, I should start to improve my skills of convincing people with words and deeds both.

\"The beauty of empowering others is that your own power is not diminished in the process,\" said Barbara Colorose.

For sending my message across and being the girl from the future and for the future, I want to be a correspondent for the World Pulse. This is where I can get necessary training to express myself above and beyond stereotypes.

I have the power to share it with the world and the World Pulse gives me the forum and opportunity for the same. This is just the beginning of change and it may need many lifetimes.

South and Central Asia
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