Have you ever thought what role did your school education play in your life? And to what extent did it influence your worldview? Now pretend you have no access to any school throughout your life due to numerous reasons: parents do not give a permission (sounds silly, but on the other side of this planet some people, particularly, girls do face this problem), financial crash in the country, natural disaster, isolated location, etc. or even worse, schools are prohibited in your region (!). There is a chance you will be surrounded only by family in the grip of traditions and customs with a strict order to follow them. Pretty hard, isn’t it? I couldn’t even imagine that such scenario is quite possible even with the existence of the educational system, accomplished schools in a country with a prosperous economy nowadays. However, young speaker Aiganym shares her view about the existence of feminist discrimination in the country in a video below from a perspective of a schoolchild.
As a student of an Almaty international school she discovers that girls even with an opportunity to have an education are constantly imposed to a number of such social cliché as beauty standards, maternity at the cost of academic advancement, so forth, promoted actively by adverts, mass media. She supports that argument with a personal example from her own life by showing photographs during her teens when she was obsessed with the idea to lose weight to be suitable for beauty requirements. As a result, happiness wasn’t at the end of that story as well as a satisfaction. Likewise, many women encounter difficulties in seeking satisfaction because of being stigmatized and lack of discoveries and beloved activities in their lives. In other cases, ladies cannot even identify a source of their depression.
Also, the speaker gives a name to the problem that causes women’s unfavorable position in Kazakhstani society. It is a mentality. She calls for a change in a view of education not as a period in early school life, or a place for showing off someone’s virtues, but as an opportunity to gain a knowledge and think critically. She contends critical thinking is just the ticket that will allow changing a mindset directed to the development of human capital as a whole.
As for me, I totally support the stance Ayganym keeps. Women should not lose their intellectual potential because of stigmas on the roles of females in the society. It is crucial to appreciate what society can give us, make many efforts and keep being inquisitive for the betterment of our life.