Equality for Arab Women
The following televised debate took place on an Arab television station on June 1, 2005.Â It demonstrates how things are changing in the Muslim World, and how Muslims themselves must find ways to make their own changes.Â I here provide you with links to the various segments of this debate, carried on YouTubeÂ®, leaving comment to you.Â I have provided here only a few interesting quotes from each segment.Â If you have time to listen to only one of these, listen to Dr. Tareq Mohammed Al Suwaidan speaking passionately about what is wrong and must be changed in Part 6.
I particularly urge my readers from the United States and Europe to look at these segments.Â You may be surprised about what you see here!
BBC Doha Debates, Sponsored by the Qatar Foundation:Â June 1, 2005
The proposition for this debate was:
â€œArab women should have full equality with men.â€
Toujan Faisal, 1st woman elected to the Jordanian Parliament, speaking of an understanding between the â€œgreat powersâ€ and Arab leaders:Â Â â€œThey donâ€™t want us democratized.Â How can you empower women when the whole nation is not empowered; when men themselves cannot have a saying in their own lively issuesâ€¦.Â Women are the Trojan Horse through which Western influence can be achieved.â€
Sheik Jihad Brown, Muslim scholar born in the U.S.:Â â€œBlurring of culture with religionâ€¦. Equality is not the term we use.Â Â Â Itâ€™s not our discourse.Â This is not how we discuss the relationship between a man and a woman.Â Equality is a term, a construct; itâ€™s an idea.Â Itâ€™s not a natural human right that every human being was born with â€¦ Itâ€™s a philosophical concept that comes out of the 18th Century French Revolution.â€
â€œWe need women training.â€
â€œGive me the right to choose.â€
â€œWe need to find our own solutions.â€
Khola Hasan, Author and Lecturer:Â â€œWomen are fighting femininity in the West.â€
Western â€œobsession with emancipationâ€ has destroyed family values.
â€œWe can have equal rights by law, but I donâ€™t think it should be imposed on women â€¦ â€œ
Dr. Tariq Mohammed Al Suwaidan, Presenter on Islamic Television Programs and Supervisor of Engineering at the Ministry of Oil in Kuwait:
â€œThere are girls here in the Middle East that are forced into marriages, this is wrong!Â Itâ€™s Islamically wrong; itâ€™s wrong in every aspect.Â It is happening.Â We need laws to protect women from that!Â There are men who are marrying a second wife for no reason.Â This is wrong!Â We need laws to protect women from that!Â There are women whose inheritance is taken away, and there are no laws to protect them.Â This is wrong!Â The whole society should stand against this â€¦Â When we give women the right to choose, I hope they donâ€™t choose to be like men!Â Because most men are worthless!Â Unfortunately.â€ [Applause]
Dr. Al Suwaidan:Â â€œFreedom is not given, it is taken!â€