Today is International Women’s Day, and I was browsing through twitter for something that’s awe-inspiring to today’s events that are happening in this not-so-friendly climatic atmosphere we’re living in. AJ+ posted a BTS footage of Yemeni’s first female rapper, 23-year-old Amani Yahya, speaking about the difficulties that women living through conflict (of war) are facing.
OxFam in the Middle East brought Yahya together with four other artists: Meera Irshaid & Krist from Jordan, and Rush Saifullah & Myam Mahmoud from Egypt to Beirut, to record a track about womens’ rights. Here’s the result of the dope collaborative effort! It is in their native tongue, so if you’re looking for the english translation, it’s down below.
Salute to women everywhere making a difference, no matter how big or small!
MiraExplain to me how you consider women to be machinesExplain to me clearly how you consider her your other halfWhile you are sitting there throwing orders as if she were a slaveAs if you got her from a market through a free dealDon’t be human if you do not want to beTo exist or not, this law allowed me toThink for a second and live a moment of peaceAnd realised that I exist with or without youIn general, masculinity for someCan only be seen as a loud roaring voiceAnd you, moved from your father’s house to the house of man you were forced to marryThey do not give you a break, they tie you up to ignoranceThey put limits to your dreams, but they will never limit your powerThe many days you have resisted harassment and war cannot be counted, but the power that lies in you will never be stoppedWhen you start thinking of yourself, your path will not be blockedKristDon’t talk to me of a masculine society and tell me to shut up and forgetYou have no right to rule and oppress just because she is a womanBecause of your thirst for ignorance you try to dominate herA woman is a complete human she is not a half, so stop considering her one.Women are not shame, they can be whoever they wantMothers, scientists, leaders by natureWomen are revolutions and heads of houses,The point is that a woman is not private propertyAmaniYou tell me that a woman can never become something bigA school teacher, that’s all she can ever beBut you have surely forgottenThat women are essential beings that cannot be eliminateddespite your constant tough oppressionYou call her names such as ‘shame’ & ‘reputation’You try to make me forget that you are the perpetratorA woman owns herself, she is not the property of anyone elseExploitation, persecution and marginalization of womenFrom the violence she has endured, she has created a revolutionAll the challenges she is facing are making her strongerShe can do whatever she wants, she does not need your permissionKareemThey burry justice with their violent thoughtsThey imprison freedom with metal handcuffsOur women are prisoners from the old agesWe kill women in many different waysWe divert the meaning of words for unlawful principlesWe call for justice and exclude womenAnd now with wars, women are being sold in marketsAll eyes on you while counting your breathShe is not your property, or a prey to devourYou don’t have power over her or her freedomThere is no battle of the sexes not even round after roundIn the midst of camps, women are as tough as a thousand stateTheir reward were their independenceThey spread their wings and flew like migrating birdsFleeing from injustice, harassment and exploitationWith their will and patience they will win, their weapons are much stronger than yoursMayamIf I had to fight to ask for a normal lifeYou will find loud armies supporting meYou will find various armies that also call for freedomThe way women’s rights are given to themare in reality hanging ropesso leave me break free from the limitations imposed on meThe color red is not romantic, it reminds me of bloodLeave me be independent, I am satisfied with thatI put my own rules which you do not possessMy worries keep reminding me that I have to ask for supportYour life is divided between sacrifice and exploitationThey forced you to marry the rich guy instead of the one you loveDespite your weakness, you take advantage because she is a refugeeShe is courageous, strong, a heroin, and you surely know thatIt’s a war, and my army is stronger than yours, my enemy is ignoranceI will rebalance society’s scale and I will dream