“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
Most of us will be familiar with Juliet’s powerful words in Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Simple enough, yes! Yet complex and engrained in the way we are trained to think? You can say that again!
How many words can you think of that have negative connotations but really and truly aren’t negative in any way shape or form? A mother’s name? Yup, believe it or not! This is how some societies regard a mother’s name; a name that is tied to shame and ridicule. Why would the name of a person who carried you for 9 months, most probably spent the majority of her time catering to your every need from the minute you entered the world till kingdom comes, carries/d your emotional burdens on her shoulders, most probably sacrifices/d her dreams for you, loves you unconditionally…be associated with shame and ridicule?
In Egypt and many countries outside of the middle east, a woman is cherished behind closed doors because their worth is hard to miss and yet as soon as we step outside, into the real world, where we are constantly judged, women and their names are buried where no one can see see or hear them. A sad reality but a very true one, one that is based on another manipulative way of keeping women at the bottom.
#MyMothersNameIs campaign sheds light on the unspoken rule of keeping one’s mother’s name a secret and exposes how the rationale and consequences of this ‘belief’ has clearly not been thought through by most who consider this practice as a way of life:
Join the campaign and share with us what your mother’s name makes you feel.