Syeda Samara Mortada is Regional Movement Builder of the Asia Region at SheDecides, feminist activist, a writer and a mother, Coordinator of Bonhishikha and a core organizer of the recent RageAgainstRape Movement in Bangladesh.
“When I was a child, education was always a priority. I always knew that I needed to do well in school and earn my way up. I did not get things handed out to me, I always had to work hard to get what I wanted. And so, my career became a big part of my life, and I knew I would end up doing something that I was passionate about. When I took the first course on gender studies, I knew this was the field I wanted to pursue. 15 years down the line, here I am. Society has these prescribed notions about what one can and cannot be. You cannot be in your thirties and be unmarried. You cannot be married and not have children. You cannot be single and happy. Given my situation, I realize I don’t fit the bill, but I have found my support system who accept me for who I am. I have a seven-year old daughter, from whom I learn about life more than she learns from me. I have a fulfilling life and career. And I am single. At the age of 35, I have finally reached that sense of peace and fulfillment that I have not found till date: when I can truly not care about what people say. And I wouldn’t trade this feeling for the world.
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