Social issues around the world
Gender equality. Religion. Cultural differences. Parindah is based on my personal interest into social issues in different places. Keep on reading for insights into women’s rights in Morocco, LGBTQI+ stories from Sweden, and more.
Welcome to Parindah
My name is Saira and I started this page inspired by my own life. My life is multi-cultural: My parents are Pakistani, I was born and raised in Germany, and I am currently living in the Netherlands.
The contact with many cultures has always dominated my life. Through Parindah, I aim to gain insights into new places and the people filling them, and combine my journey with social topics that I am interested in. So what’s on the menu? Until now, gender equality in Morocco and in Northern Europe, and my trip to Japan.
Northern Europe and Morocco
Gender equality from a Moroccan point of view and in Scandinavia – what are similarities, what are differences? Gain insights through personal interviews and interesting reviews.
My trips to Osaka, Kyoto and Nara
In this post I want to share my short, but lovely experience of Japan with you. Japan has always been a country that has intrigued me, both for its beautiful nature and its cultural richness. After living there for a month, I can confirm this feeling. Click here to read more
My tips on language, travel and food in Japan
Before I went to the country famous for Sakura and green tea, I did not know much about it. I was met with challenges along the way, from language problems to getting lost in supermarkets. Click here to read more
Relationships in Morocco: new norms clashing old ones
Boyfriends vs. arranged marriages: Morocco is a country where new trends clash with old traditions. Walaa has told me about her experience with clashing norms in the country. ‘I choose to live in Rabat because it’s difficult to live open-minded in small villages. But even in the cities, guys can be very old-fashioned.‘ Click here for Walaa’s and other Moroccan’s stories on feminism
THE 2019 Gay Pride
The Stockholm Pride is a colorful celebration of love of every gender, race and age. I came here with almost no knowledge about the Pride, and I took a lot with me from my week spent here – interviews with activists, dancing at Pride Park and marching with the Pride Parade. Click here to read my full experience at the Stockholm Pride
Read my conversation with Anna Stendin, an activist at the front of the LGBTQ movement in Sweden and speaker at the Pride House. Anna has worked with an anti-discrimination bureau for the past seven years and educates companies and organizations on discrimination. I had the pleasure to talk to them about their work in more detail. Read more
During the Pride 2019, I met with a wonderfully inspiring person: Emilia. Emilia is a transgender woman who has made it her mission to share her journey with other people who might be struggling with life as a transgender person or with their transition. In our conversation she is not only very open about her own struggles along the way, but she also shares her deeply inspiring and moving view on life. Read more
Far ahead in equality, but dangers still remain
For people like Jerry, a Danish IT-worker, feminism is not a big topic. For foreigners like Diamond on the other hand, who is an international student from South-Sudan, Denmark seems like a safe haven compared to her home. Danish girls Ida and Laura think Denmark is doing well with feminism, but there is still more work to do to ensure the safety of women. ‘I find it difficult to deal with the risk of being raped as a woman.’ Click here to read their full stories
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