At the young age of 19, Eman started her career as the first female photojournalist in Palestine. In her TED talk, she goes on to say that the males made sure she felt unwelcome. Because she was a female doing “a male’s job” she was frowned upon and some agencies would not train her because of her gender. In Palestine, women weren’t encouraged to get an education, there were also social restrictions at the time. Women were viewed as inferior to men. Eman payed close attention to how men acted towards women so she could speak out about it to her colleagues. Eman is proud of her work. She focuses on showing everyone things that are unseen. The joy after, the happy times, not just the fighting. She struggles with everyday life and she “became a witness with a choice, to either run away or stand still”
Eman is such an inspiring person to me. Even though at times people hated her, men hated her, and others didn’t necessarily like her, she did what she loved. There is still gender inequality throughout the world that is ridiculous. Men are no different from women. We should all get the same chances and opportunities, and the fact that Eman is doing just that is exhilarating.
Her power line at the end of the speech really captured my mind. “I became a witness with a choice, to either run away or stand still”. Everyone goes through hard times, but you have a choice to either make a change or not do anything about it. To me, those are words to live by. We can look at Eman as a role model for her great accomplishments and learn from her experience to fight out against gender inequalities also.