10/03/2023

Suroyo Media Foundation official Simel Samuel on International Women’s Day: “We, as women, must not accept men monopolizing certain professions, but rather all professions must be available to all”

BETH ZALIN, Syria — On International Women’s Day, SyriacPress interviewed General Manager of the Suroyo Media Foundation in Syria Simel Samuel.

Samuel congratulated women worldwide, especially Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) women and emphasized the important role they play in media.

Samuel discussed how media is a reflection of culture and conveys important messages to society, highlighting the significant impact it can have. She praised Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) women for their success in the media, despite historically oppressive regimes limiting their presence.

Samuel called on women, especially Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) women, to empower themselves and avoid be limited themselves to traditional gender roles.

“Today, women have proven their ability to do the same professions that were previously exclusively only available to men,” she said. “Women took up arms and participated in the battle fields without fear or hesitation, they have earned their place in other aspects of society.”

As a female journalist herself, Samuel spoke about the challenges facing working women, including societal expectations and the need to change stereotypical views. She encouraged women interested in media to develop their skills and confront challenges that could hinder their ambitions.

“We, as women, must not accept men monopolizing certain professions, but rather all professions must be available to all,” she said.

Samuel concluded by advocating for equal opportunities for all professions, emphasizing the need for women to prove that they can achieve success in every domain. She expressed hope that women will become more determined to achieve their goals, referencing the many women who have already become teachers, doctors, engineers, and even heads of state.