The Girl On Enghelab Street
The girl on Engelhab Street inspires me. The minute I saw her on the news. A brave young woman in an act of defiance so refreshing and breathtaking that I will never forget it. Who is she? She is the woman who ripped off her Hijab during the recent protests in Iran. That is true bravery. That is truly standing up not just for women’s rights but for the right to freedom. A right to be herself, to not be oppressed or subjugated or hidden away. She may or may not describe herself as such but for me she is what a modern-day feminist should be, and what feminists in the West should be shouting about – the oppression of women and girls all around the world which is still going today, and in fact has seen a recent increase due to fundamentalism, extremism and of course the rise of Islamic governments in the Middle East. She promptly disappeared, arrested of course. And it now turns out she has been sentenced to 2 years in prison. Accused of encouraging corruption by the removal of the hijab in public…
If only women in the free West were so brave and outspoken. It shocks me that our so-called feminists have nothing to say on these subjects. FGM – silence. Women covered up, not allowed out alone or to drive in Saudi – silence. Yezedi women sold as sex slaves – silence. Underage children raped by middle-aged men all over England – silence. But sexual harassment in the film industry (still awful of course) and we have #metoo! I wouldn’t mind the #metoo brigade if they had taken on board the sexual abuse and harassment of vulnerable females all over the world and in our own backyard, but they didn’t. I can only surmise that is because they would deem it ‘politically incorrect to speak out about anything a different culture might do, even if it is vile beyond words. They are too right on, too afraid of their peers, afraid of being called racist or the new word to beat us over the heads with – islamophobic. The sad thing all this virtue signalling was invented right here in the West, it wasn’t imported. Shocking. And depressing.
Prostitution is on the increase in the UK too – thanks to the regular import of young women from Eastern Europe especially for that one sole purpose. It goes on right under our noses in the suburbs of London. They are brought from Africa too – raped, beaten and made pregnant on the way over to break their spirit. #metoo? – silence again.
So the girl on Enghelab Street inspires me. I will never forget her image. Let’s hope she makes it out of prison to live again. We need more like her to look up to and remind us what true bravery really is. How to fight for things that really matter with one simple act of defiance against an oppressive regime. She knew what the consequences would probably be when she ripped off her Hijab. But she did it anyway because she wanted to be free.
So while I applaud the original idea behind #metoo I now say this – the powerful women who back this movement have been mainly silent when it comes to women and girls who do not have the same power, money, celebrity status, voice or platform as them. Young women around the world and in our country are oppressed and abused still. The powerful left-wing feminist silence is deafening.
Like I say – the girl on Enghelab Street inspires me. Hashtag you too?