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Last Updated: 11/16/2004In order to change something in my country, I need to change myself
Interview with Tahmina from Tajikistan by Irene Munz
Irene Munz writes: "I have the great pleasure to be with Tahmina in the same program, Gender and Peace Building, here at UPEACE. Although we detected very soon, that our motivations and interests are similar, each of us student is bringing a different background and different visions, enriching our daily course here at UPEACE. Tahmina, as the only representative from Central Asia in our group, brings us valuable insight into her culture, her individual way of thinking and her struggle for her religion, the Islam, and women rights in her country, Tajikistan."
Irene Munz writes: I have
the great pleasure to be with Tahmina in the same program, Gender and
reasons were making my choice to come to UPEACE very difficult but also worth
being here, says Tahmina. With my 26 years, I am considered in my own country an
old Lady since I am still not married. In
As an example: in Tajikistan, the majority of women are not allowed to work anymore after they get married, and many even have to drop out of university. In the Koran, though, there is no such rule. In contrary, at the prophet s time, Mohamed (the prophet) was working for his first wife!
Different to other women in my country, I see myself as grateful for
having received many opportunities in my life, such as the chance to go as an
exchange student to the
With my growing awareness, I want to change so many things in my country concerning women s issues, and still I know, that it will take some time and can not be achieved in the next one or two years.
have to be also careful for myself. Today being here at UPEACE for ten months, I
have received another chance to run away from my forced marriage back home in
If I will go back to my country, choosing not to marry, I would need to be very strong against the whole society, since they would punish and insult me, and I do not know, if I can resist such high pressure.
Having all this worries in mind before coming to UPEACE, I was not sure,
what I really want. But today I am happy and feel that I am at the right place
here at UPEACE. Especially our first introduction course in Gender and
female friend from
hope after this year, I will be prepared for my fight on women's issues in
chose to fight for the women in my country, from