The world often seems to be dominated by the voices of men. It maybe that women are speaking but the media doesn’t hear them. This week’s edition of the Time Magazine covers the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Amongst them are the voices of Maryam Durani (Broadcaster) and Manal al-Sharif (described as Saudi Arabia’s road warrior).
They aren’t there because of the films they have made or the money they have accumulated they are their because they have spoken up and in doing so have risked assassination and jail.
Maryam Durani owns and operates a radio station that focus on women’s issues and is a member of Kandahar provincial council in southern Afghanistan) . She demonstrates remarkable bravery in an area where is may be better to be quite.
Manal al-Sharif posted on YouTube a video of herself driving the Saudi streets. Jailed she inspired a movement encouraging women to drive.
As a woman who lives in a democratic society and with some equality (not completely )it made me reflect how do I use my voice and to what benefit of those who put their lives at risk because of inequality and persecution?