Tennis participant Sania Mirza shares a message for all girls to struggle for themselves.
In this speech of hers, after giving a quick introduction of her curiosity as a toddler — that she adopted her dream of turning into a tennis participant — she says, “I wanted to be the best first in our state, then our country and then obviously in the world. I have been fortunate enough to be able to achieve all those goals in my life”.
She talks about her expertise of how as a woman she needed to undergo for her desires, saying, “For a girl to say, ‘One day I want to play Wimbledon’, were made fun of, we were ridiculed.”
She continues, “A woman does not have to be in the kitchen only and cook and have kids, a woman can be a professional sportsperson and playing tennis or playing cricket or playing any other sports; [it] doesn’t have to be recreational for women and that’s the attitude we need to change as a nation.”
She goes on to name out the system that by no means helps girls: “We don’t have the system that encourages women to take up sport and that’s the system and attitude we need to change as a nation.”
“Whether it’s media, whether it’s people, whether it’s us women, we need to believe firstly, we need to understand that as much as we talk about equality, we do live in a man’s world and we have to fight for it. I think as women, we need to learn to stand up for ourselves and stand up to fight and only then others will respect us,” she says.
She concludes by saying, “We need to not suppress women when they come out to speak. When women in this part of the world speak up for themselves, they are slated to be rebels, they are slated to be people who don’t value relationships and families.”
According to her, this angle wants to alter for girls to maneuver ahead.