Showing posts with label UK. Show all posts
Showing posts with label UK. Show all posts

Friday, 7 October 2016

English dreams without having human rights

In the UK, I met many Arabic people, many Arabic students, many Arabic PhD students, many Arabic women PhD students. The story is not about their race, their studies or their gender. 
The story is about how a country may be absurd and how women may be blind. 
The story is about being scholarship holders such that their studies are paid from their country, and when they will be graduated, they will hold a job at university as lecturers. 
Up to here, everything that I wrote, is quite perfect. It may seem, but it is not. The story begins here.

A woman cannot leave her country for this education opportunity unless her responsible man (if she is married her husband, if she is not married her father) allows her to do so. A woman cannot leave in a city unless her responsible man protect him in the city where she lives, even at home where she lives. Her country does not allow her to live alone at home, even in the city. "Alone" means here "without man". If she does not respect, her scholarship won't be paid. Probably, she will have to return her country. This could have become a story on her freedom war if she had tried to have more rights or if she had not been content. Unfortunately, not :( This is not a freedom story and she is very content. She says that fathers and husbands allow them to go. In her case yes, maybe in her friends' cases yes too... But she cannot see that she is not allowed to do by herself, she cannot walk, she cannot just go away; she cannot just see that another woman cannot go to anywhere if she is not allowed, although she wants to. 
The story continues with another example of freedom. She asked me if I drive. Yes, I do, replied I. I replied the same question to her. The answer should have started by "we are not allowed." But it did not. In her world, she believes that men take care of them. In her world, she believes that this is the best. Because, having car with driver or paying for a taxi are better for her. My mind, my mind goes to another woman who would drive and cannot drive, because she is not allowed... I cannot stop my mind thinking of this "another woman" :) Maybe, they can fight for their rights together, but since most of them believe (or are believed) this situation is more comfortable. 

This story probably will never end. My mind goes to another woman who have never had a choice... and my mind goes where I see them here, how they can update their country's values  according to their demands. They can choose another country to live where they have freedom. They say they believe their country's government type is the best, while not living in their country... 

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Hello modern slavery vs high housing demand in England

Let's just say hello to modern slavery in the UK. A country where room prices are from £400 per month, where minimum hourly wage is £7.20. Why these numbers? Because I will tell you a story. A story on modern slavery. Even, a slavery that you pay while working...
First type of slavery is "volunteering". If I am not able to pay £400, I am basically homeless. Even if I can pay £200 or £300 per month, since I cannot find any room at those prices, I cannot afford a room. I go on volunteering with babysitting for 2 children, we agree on 5 hours per day and 5 days per week with a foreign lady. I pay my rent through my labour 25 hours per week. If I work 25 hours, I can make £180 per week which means £720 per month! My room is an ensuite room and I have free meal that  may cost maximum £600 or £700 totally, since ensuite room prices start from £500 where I live. Until this point, everything seems okay, under the condition that everyone respects volunteering hours. However, the most of days, I found myself waiting for her 4-5 hours more than agreed hours. I have decided to stay there just because my budget was not enough for paying a room £400 (plus deposit for the starting) after paying university fees and many expenses on my UK visa. In the case of volunteering, for exceeding 10 hours per week, she should have paid £72 per week which means £288 per month. This amount that she should pay is just equal to my labour which is not paid!!! If you have no chance, you find yourself in a modern slavery! She does not pay for the service that she receives, and someone else who really needs this volunteering as a job cannot find this job because of this volunteering.

Another modern slavery story is called as "home carer". In this case, there is an elderly person who needs soft help such as cooking, cleaning, shopping, and helping if needed but not personal care. There are many companies which work on this, and only these companies profit from caring :) Elderly person pays £99 to the company. The carer pays £149 to the company and provides this service for the elderly person. If you do not have enough budget for a room, just pay less and work! In the beginning they say that there are 10 hours per week working/or helping. However, on the contract, you find that there is a condition stating you have to sleep every day at home and only 3 days you are allowed to be out in one month, and you have some free time in the afternoon. The companies advertise this opportunity as a low cost accommodation and as an opportunity for meeting with new cultures. You pay, you work! Hello modern slavery to be bought!