Director: Nailya Rakhmadieva | Producer: International Gender Policy Network
Focus Years: 2006 | Country: Czech Republic
Sairash was contentedly married for more than a quarter century until the day when her husband took a second, younger wife. Sairash â€” who would not accept her new circumstances, including the quarrels and insults â€” walked out. Her community and relatives blamed her, divorce laws would not protect her, and any division of property would inflict pain on her beloved children. Though Sairashâ€™s decision set her on a path of hardship, it was the path to her true self: strong, independent, and capable of standing up for her own beliefs. Sairashâ€™s experience demonstrates that the personal is indeed political.