Through film and life, rural women address poverty and early marriage in Egypt
Amal, center, among Women’s Committee members at Al Tod village, Luxor governorate. Photo Credit: UN Women/Fatma Elzahraa Yassin
“Suffering from poverty is much better than early marriage,” says Karima, a bold young Egyptian woman who was forced into an early marriage with a cousin at the age of 15.
She was born and married in Al Tod, a small village in the Luxor governorate (municipality), some 300 kms from the capital city of Cairo in Egypt. Today, Karima is uneducated, divorced and trying to make ends meet with her two children.
“My mother was also legally separated from my father,” she admits, admitting the taboo nature of broken marriages in her traditional society. “Frankly, she was my point of weakness – my mother. I was trying not to be like her.”
Sadness washes across her face as Karima repeats the words of her mother: “Don’t be like me; don’t be like me.”
Karima’s story is presented in a four-minute film created with the support of UN