This story was written by Wisam Gangari from SUDAN.

“Congratulations on your (insert significant milestone)! Here’s to your wedding!”

This – or some variation of it – has become a standard salutation which I, and many other young Arab women, have heard upon the accomplishment of significant milestones in our lives. It is the 21st century, yet social norms in the Arab world still hold tight to the notion that a woman’s goal – nay, destiny – must be to get married. Any other ambition or desire must be secondary, and is therefore, less important.