How much does gender inequality influence your writing?

I have written about gender inequality. I always felt a lot of injustice when I was back home and I was a terrible teenager, I was always shouting and screaming because many of the simple rights that were taken away from me I just thought it was unfair, to not be able to go for a walk in the park, to not be able to, you know, we lived under the Islamic republic of Iran, we became refugees there when I was fourteen. I had to wear the hijab, I couldn't go out. There are many simple things like just going for a walk, going to a park, going to have ice-cream, all of these things, wearing an ordinary dress or not covering your hair. These rights were taken away from me and I was always screaming about it. I remember I wanted to go to an art class, for example, there was a bit the family, you know, 'you can't go to an art class, it's after school' etc, and I had to fight for these things, every simple thing that any girl here lives it and doesn't even question it, I had to fight for them. I noticed that much more when I came here. I remember a few years ago, three years ago, a Kurdish girl was stoned to death because of running away with her boyfriend, because of eloping. At the time I was living in Sweden, Uppsala. Of course what happened was that many people had recorded the stoning on their phone camera, and put it on the internet, and it was quite a traumatic, absolutely horrendous scene. Obviously I could not watch it, I just clicked 'open' and I saw two seconds and I couldn't watch it anymore. But that evening, I mean it took me about a week to get over this image I saw, that evening I walked home and there was this young Swedish couple kissing on the street, and I just kept remembering this girl, and kept thinking of this young couple who don't even realise how fortunate they are, because they can kiss on the street and it's ok. Another person might be killed for writing a letter, because they live somewhere where that's inappropriate. But I guess it's not something that is just developed here, I always had a problem with gender inequality, I was always aware about the fact that there was injustice. But that sense becomes stronger, and I guess you become stronger in defending yourself and other women. I became involved in the women's movement in Kurdistan and I had very good connections with many of the women's organisations, and I do defend them a lot whenever I give interviews back home, because there's a lot of attacks on the women's movement and Kurdish women's organisations back home.


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