1.13.2011

New Reality Show- Empowering Women?

Can one person really change the world? 
This question has occupied my mind for many days at a time. Could my actions really change someone's life? If the Lord wants to use me, could I really make a difference- a difference that would last?


Today, my question was answered. This man inspired me more than I can ever put into words. His idea and mission leaves me smiling and motivated. This man motivates me to be better, to not give up and to believe. Believe that I CAN make a difference: a difference that will last. 


Meet Sami Mahdi. Mahdi is 28 years old living in Afghanistan. A man who respects and loves his mom, working in the television business. Currently Mahdi is employed as a current affairs manager at 1TV. He decided to produce a show that gave women a voice. 


It is still extremely uncommon in the 21st century for women to speak out in Afghanistan. Mahdi is changing this through a reality show called "The Mask."  The mask these women must wear protects their safety but also symbolizes the oppression they go through which is the burka's half of the mask. The other half of this mask is white, which symbolizes their innocence. 


This show has empowered women to speak up about the abuses and situations they are currently in. This show helps the women feel liberated to a degree but also helps the world understand more of what the women go through each and every day. 


There are many movements going on around the world today similar to this so why am I so impressed? Why am I inspired beyond words?


Looking into these movements for women's rights and equality, the vast majority of these leaders are women. What I find so astonishing is a young man, not even thirty years old standing up. What an incredible witness he is to men in Afghanistan beating and raping these women and to men around the world! Mahdi is taking a stand. He realizes these actions are not ok in his country or any country and is not just realizing this- HE IS STANDING UP against it!


Men often feel so helpless and sick with guilt when they find out about the effects of human trafficking or domestic violence. I hope Mahdi can help inspire men who feel this way to stand up against it as well. 


I wrote Mahdi an email today thanking him for what he's doing and reminding him just how much of an inspiration he is. 
This young man is really making a difference in these girls life.
He is yet another hero of mine and has reminded me that I can make a difference.


For more info check out this article/video one by CNN
http://afghanistan.blogs.cnn.com/2011/01/03/battling-abuse-from-behind-a-mask/?iref=allsearch


Maddie. 

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