(but yeah there is really bad stuff that goes around. All the more reason to seek the good stuff and make it known. those women are incredibly brave)
Jeanine Gurley Jacildone
Location: Midlands, South Carolina Zone 7b/8a
posted 7 years ago
To quote a question from the article "Or are they just figureheads to appease the IOC and equal rights groups?"
If you want the answer to that question just be a woman and go wandering around by yourself in Qatar. Assume that you are just a human being walking around in Germany, USA, Sweden, or Greece. Try to get a doctors appointment, get car repairs, go to a restaurant, all by yourself.
Yes, tourist women are put in a different catagory, and there are those Qatar women who have special privileges. But the average woman sits in the back seat of our bus just looking for crumbs.
I have spent time in the middle east, including Qatar and, due to my job, saw both the tourist/privileged side and the this-is-how-it-really-is side.
There was a journalist, I have forgotten her name now, who got a wake up call a couple of years back when she was assaulted by 'the locals'. I guess she figured that she was immune to this kind of treatement but an egyptian female reporter commented that this happens to the middle-eastern women reporters all of the time but no one really cares because it is 'part of the culture'.
I have two big beefs with the whole thing:
1. It is wrong to treat a group this way - we all know that.
2. It is not treated as a gross human rights violation.
I hurt for those women and do hope that every one of them will one day know the freedom that I have.