Within the framework of the project “NO TO VIOLENCE IN THE FAMILY AND SOCIETY” on the platform of ALLATRA International Public Movement, more and more people from different countries of the world express their opinions about the video “THE STORY OF MY SLAVERY”
Gabriela Szalayova, a participant of ALLATRA International Public Movement from Slovakia (Bratislava city), tells that each person creates the society we live in. If people live in harmony with each other, the world will change for the better. And in order for this to happen, everyone needs to start with oneself and act from the position of kindness, love, mutual help and support. It is important to stop being afraid and begin to act. Life should be filled with joy, happiness and unity.
Every person contributes to what our society is and will be like!
International social project of a new format “NO TO VIOLENCE IN THE FAMILY AND SOCIETY”:
Film "THE STORY OF MY SLAVERY":
I would like to share with you my understanding after watching a very important new movie on ALLATRA TV. The name of this movie is ‘The Story of My Slavery’ where a girl named Liza Shilkova is talking about her life in slavery.
I recommend to everyone watch this movie. I think it is very important. She gave us an enormous example by being so brave to come out live on TV and talk openly about her very difficult life. For me, it was also very important because I realized that her story is important for everyone and for the whole society. I came to understanding that it depends on absolutely each person on how the society looks like. I also had a very similar situation. That was actually not my personal situation.
Once, I was going to work and I witnessed the situation where a man, in a drunken state, was shouting at a woman and speaking very-very bad words, and trying to beat her publicly. What was very interesting to observe, and also very sad, is that at moment when the situation was happening at least ten men passed by and none of them stopped and tried to help her. It was actually a woman who was passing by before me and she was trying to say something to him, like “Please, stop shouting at her. She is a woman. It is not nice. Why are you doing this?” At which point a man became to behave aggressively also to her. And again, none of the passing-by men stopped and came to their rescue. At that moment, I felt very sad inside. I was thinking: “How is this possible? What kind of society do we live in where a man is passing by and not coming to rescue a woman?” And I felt this is not right, this is not normal.
This happened about three months ago. And it’s very interesting that after that, a very important new movie came out, called ‘The Knight of Spirit’ in which Igor Mikhailovich Danilov is talking about the true essence of men. This movie inspired me so much. And actually based on this movie, I realized that situation three months ago and what I felt at that time was right. That is not normal that man in this society does not come to rescue helpless people, weaker people, women or weaker men or child. And if all people actually realize their true essence and live in harmony, then this world would just look so amazing.
But in order for this to happen, everyone has to start from himself, from herself. And everyone has to start acting, but acting from kindness and love, and help, and support. And I think this is why Liza coming out with this video, I think, helps everyone to realize that there is no time to be quiet, there is no time not to act. We, if we want to change something, we have to stop being afraid, we have to stop not doing anything. Men have to stop being afraid of just saying their opinion loudly, or loud out that it is not normal for a man to shout aggressively at woman. Do we really want to live in such a society? No, I don’t think anyone wants to live in such a society. But in order for the society to change, we have to start from ourselves and we have to stop being afraid, being quiet. So, I really thank to Liza for her heroic act of kindness and coming out and being so honest. Because by her example, she can actually help plenty of women who are in similar situation like she is. And I think, there are actually a lot of people in similar situation, a lot of women, maybe not just even women, also men.
And what is also important, is not just the fact that her life was tough, her father was not nice and her husband was not nice, but wat is important, is that she realized that the main problem was in her head, that she was actually afraid of these thoughts. When she was listening to those negative thoughts, telling her: “Liza, stay. You have no place to go, nobody is going to help you…” She knew, she felt that her life is not good, and she felt that the situation she is in is not right. And no human should live like that, absolutely no child should live at such father. That’s not normal if father wants his child to work out her food, her bread, her piece of bread or just place to live… Is that a father? I don’t think so. I think the loving father, loving parent always wants to help his or her child. That’s normal, to help each other. And not tell somebody: “Oh, you have a debt because you are living here and you just have to work it off.”
So, Liza is giving this example to all women in such situation. “Please, stop listening to these thoughts in your head” and that “Actually it is easy to live, and it does not matter that you leave some material things behind”. I know it looks scary, but it is important to do this step. But first of all, you have to stop listening to these thoughts. There is plenty of people out there, there is plenty of good people who will help you, there are friends, or even many times strangers. They all will help you, but just make this step. It is very important. Like Liza did. She also thought that there was nobody who would help her. And in fact, that is not true. There is plenty of people out there.
I have a lot of experience also in my life when I was in situations when I was alone and I had nobody to help me. And actually, strange people helped me. You just have to come and ask. And you know if you are openly and sincerely going to a person and telling him that you need some help, that other person he feels it, she feels it. And they know that you need that help and they will help. So, if are in such situation, sisters, please, just don’t stay in slavery. That is not life. Life should be happy. Life should be just filled with joy and happiness, and unity. And I think that in such society it would be such a pleasure to live.