We are Rawan and Amer from the Occupied Palestine. We met for the first time in January, 2017.
We were first brought together by our passion and hard work to develop our community. We met during voluntary and cultural action that we both did in Palestine. Soon after, we noticed a great deal of connection, shared values, and beliefs, which got us even closer.
At the time, Amer was a trainee lawyer, trying to fight his way through life. He worked as a trainee lawyer in the morning, worked for an information center, and as a customer service representative for a telecommunication company in the evening. Nonetheless, Amer seized any opportunity to participation in various voluntary and cultural activities which I have always found very admirable.
I, myself, was in my last year at the university where I faced great family conflicts. These conflicts mainly arose from my plight to achieve economic and social independence. My brother Mohamad helped a lot. But it was a long journey where I had to assert my ability to figure out life on my own, and break out of the conservative, very limiting culture that confined me. Eventually, I was able to take off the hijab as I was not satisfied with wearing it, nor conforming to the conservative mindset that forced me to wear it in the first place. To me, leaving it meant overcoming my vulnerabilities and taking ownership over my life choices.
I found myself drawn to Amer for the sense of harmony that we shared, and for his great understanding. He is supportive, and believes in my freedom. With him, I find a supporter and not a cause of conflict. He represents the type of family that I want for myself.
Our love grew, and Amer proposed. It was like an insane move in the eyes of our relatives who knew our financial difficulties. However, we have an iron will, and great courage in the face of difficulties and problems. We are ready to confront the archaic traditions and outdated customs that consider women as commodities or enhance limiting gender roles. We are a couple who are ready to take on life, develop personally and together, and realize our career aspirations. We look forward to building our marriage on the bases of a partnership between two equal partners who share the same passion, values, and eagerness to make a difference in our community.
Currently, we are planning our wedding. But, I am a psychologist, however, I still move from training to another in return of a modest wage which is barely enough as transportation allowance. Amer is just starting his path as a lawyer. So we decided to take it to the world, to the loving couples out there, and to those who believe in making a difference in other people’s lives….looking for support.
We hope that you believe in us and our story as much as we believe in each other. If you decide to help us in starting our life, we promise that we will help others. Every contribution into building our future together will be paid forward as soon as we have the means for it. We really appreciate your time and hope to would consider supporting us.
All the love
Rawan and Amer