Girls Clubs in Iraq have officially launched in Erbil,with 13 young women in participation! When the girls were asked what to expect from the program, they replied that they expected Girls Club to “empower our personality in the right way, have an opportunity to know more about others”. One of the other participants also offered, “I have goal to achieve, and I hope this program will help me get on the right steps toward this goal”.
When we asked the girls about their goals , their replies were as follows:
- To be a journalist not only on Iraq level, but on the world level, in order to let the world hear an Iraqi woman’s voice.
-To be a police officer, in order to enforce and apply the law.
-To explore the world by traveling and learning the people’s customs and traditions.
-To be an Arabic teacher in order to help other Kurdish people to know the language of their partners( Arab people) in Iraq.
The girls felt so empowered, they elected club officers to create a more formal organization of the club and spread its mission even further to other young women. They’ve even officially named the club as the Venus Girls Club in Erbil.
The girls exchanged their stories, and were so pleased to have the right of speech and to have the freedom to express their ideas. Our second meeting is set for the earlier part of 2011. More to come soon!
As reported by Girls Club Erbil Leader, Saadia Hassoon