Arabic
Justice without Frontiers Play
How many times have you heard the following sentence: “she is a girl and wants to become a physician? She better become an instructor which would be enough for her.”
Unfortunately, male mentality is still predominant in our society, whether in men or women, becoming a bigger problem when women tear each other down.
Sadly, women are limited to educational professions that are similar to a mother’s role, as if women do not have the right to access advanced professional positions or decision-making positions.
Based on this issue, Justice Without Frontiers reflected this cruel reality in an educative and awareness-raising play that tackled gender discrimination, early marriage, and society’s derogatory perception of ambitious working women who wish to break stereotypes and free themselves from ignorance because it is forbidden and shameful to break the norm.
A number of students from the organization’s support network joined forces to create the play based on society’s stories despite the fact that they are not theatre students and theater is not their thing. The play talked about Sarah’s story, the twelve year old girl whose father wanted to have her married. According to him, education is not of importance given that his mother and spouse got married at an early age, therefore it is now Sarah’s turn, even though she aspires to become a physician. However, the choice is not hers.
This marks the beginning of a conflict while Sarah’s mother confronts everyone to prevent the wedding from taking place, refusing to let Sarah become another victim of weakness, silence, and surrender.
The play was shown twice after continuous practice, first in Karakozian School to an all-women audience and in presence of Oxfam Beirut and our partners in women’s access to justice project in Egypt, Yemen, and Jordan; and second in Nabaa to boys and girls under eighteen, who will face society in the future, so that they be confident that they are capable of reaching what they desire, and saying “no” to early marriage.
Young men were also affected by the play. Their opinion changed from supporting Sarah’s marriage before watching the play to objecting it after the play ended. With the participants’ insistence, the story shall not remain as just a play, in fact we will transform it into a short movie that will be broadcasted on social media and local TV channels.