Yes. I will admit it. Today I just feel a tad bit mean-spirited. In other words, I cannot resist the temptation that this opportunity has to offer. If any of my readers remember, over a year ago I posted a rather funny, yet, factual portrait of the first Jordanian woman to head a political party. Suffice to say, it garnered some attention.
This week, Mona Abu Bakr has been arrested for fraud.
The first woman to lead a Jordanian political party has been arrested over claims she manufactured and sold unlicenced medicine, a security official said on Tuesday.
“(Mona Hussein Abu Bakr) was arrested on Monday night over fraud and violation of the food and drugs law after a complaint that she had manufactured and sold unlicenced medicine,” the official told AFP on condition of anonymity. [source]
I should note that Jordanian blogger Mohanned reported about the charges a few days back.
When I first posted this, an acquaintance at work told me that he knew of Mona personally. At the time he told me a story I really didn’t believe to be true at all. He said that at a meeting one time, she stood up with a vial of “green stuff” and declared that she had the cure for AIDS, and even brought a piece of paper from some Ministry that verified it. Although the paper simply stated that the contents of the vial were “unidentified”. I was sure the guy made up the story or had confused her with someone else.
Evidently, I was wrong.
I’m not going to make jokes about her appearance (even though it does strike a resemblance to the Joker – sorry) and I’m not going to comment on the absurd nature of her crime.
On a serious note.
I will say this.
Regardless of one’s politics or looks, there has to be a recognition by Jordanian women who are in politics that they are setting an example. Perhaps it is a bit much to demand of them, but reality demands it of them. They are pretty much trailblazers, regardless of the elements, simply because they have the ability to be noticed by a generation of young girls in this country who might just need that “role model” to look up to when it comes to the male-dominated political arena in Jordan. They are, whether we like it or not, an example. And there’s something to be said about acting like one.
Sadly, most, not all, but most Jordanian women in politics have been just as bad an example as their male counter-parts. The fact that they are women and thus have that added responsibility of setting an example (a responsibility of which I’m sure most are not aware of), I would argue that their failures are even more disappointing.
But that’s just my two piasters.
(Based on some of the comments, I feel obliged to point out that when I was talking about setting an example, I wasn’t referring to her looks but rather the fact that she was trying to poison people!)