Rasha Breaks her Silence

Rasha Breaks her Silence

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Posted
10/3/14
By
Mona Soliman

In the governorate of Minya, lives Rasha Ismail of 25 years with her family. She describes her life in the past as a neglected family member, who nobody cared to ask about her opinion on any matter, even if it was of relevant to her.

She did all household chores required without any objection. She felt that she is forgotten from her own family and had no impact on any family decisions. “I never expressed my opinion. I didn't communicate with anyone. Actually, I didn't talk with my father or siblings,” Rasha explains.

After attending Wesal’s interactive theatre trainings and shows, she got the chance to work on her character and soft skills. “Everything changed after participating in Wesal. I was trained on expressing myself. I also participated in theatre shows in front of the villagers. I now feel that I have a role to play in the community. I can express my opinion freely and I have the ability to criticize unacceptable situations,” Rasha comments.

Rasha learned how to speak up and defend her opinions. She can now say her opinion out loud and make herself heard. She feels stronger after participating as a volunteer in the women’s support group of life experiences.

“The staff of Wesal helped me a lot since the beginning. They have accepted me in spite of the fact that I didn’t accept myself. This helped me to develop myself and feel more confident and accepted,” she added.

Nashwa noticed the change and was happy to see her sister become more interactive. “Rasha acted like a deaf-mute person. She now knows how to speak and express herself, and has a voice. After such change took place in the life of my sister, I decided to participate in the new group of Wesal,” Nashwa commented.

Rasha overcame the feeling of oppression and inferiority. She can now criticize different opinions, and have constructive discussions with others. She is also happy to be able to interact with the community and above all, have an impact within her family.

 

“The staff of Wesal helped me a lot since the beginning. They have accepted me in spite of the fact that I didn’t accept myself. This helped me to develop myself and feel more confident and accepted." © Photo: Mona Soliman/CARE

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