Being a man…
that’s what most girls around the world wish nowadays. My name is Imane, I am 19 years old, and a moroccan girl studying in China.
As some students who live outside Morocco, I decided to visit my family this summer. So, today I felt like I need to share my recent experience of being a young girl or woman in Morocco.
It was 3 days ago (18/07/2019) at 12.30 pm, as I reached the taxi stop, I realized that I would have a long wait, so I just stood there waiting for a cab.
Now, upon reflection, I can find no word more suitable to describe most of the guys that crossed my path that day more than « thirsty » based on their behavior towards me and bunches of girls who were right next to me.
As I stood there, someones whistled and commented on my physical appearance: « wa fkhad houma… » and pulled me from my shirt and his words brought those well-known feelings of self-consciousness and embarrassment that certain countless women in Morocco face on an irritatingly regular basis.
I stood there, I waited and I ignored and they continued. I was afraid, I was furious that I allowed this fear to engulf me and now I am equally angry in the knowledge that it will stop me from speaking up in the future.
I arrived home, I was very exhausted, not only for myself but also for those who had, have and will live similar experiences.
Sexual harassment (verbally or physically) has become a familiar topic in our country (and other countries) which made it a kind of a daily routine. It starts with our education, tradition, and mentalities.
Millions of women live the same experience every day. It could be your mother, your sister, your cousin or your friend.. in work, school or in public!
Parents, teach your kids how to behave.
Men, learn how to behave toward women.
And the most important thing is, women, learn how to speak up and shout out. you are free. Don’t let anyone disrespect you.