Women in the Middle East: . Common Threads and Diversity of Experience. Common Threads. Fewer women than men in public life Fewer women than men in the public workforce Higher rates of female illiteracy Lower rates of female education Patriarchal system in the home and in public life.
Common Threads and
Diversity of Experience
* Female literacy in the MENA region has tripled since the 1970s, but half the women in the region still cannot read or write.
Patriarchy: a system that privileges males and elders, giving males legal and economic power over his family members. In broader terms, the extension of male dominance over women in society in general.
Languages: Persian, Arabic (many dialects), Turkish, Kurdish, Hebrew, etc.
Ethnic groups: Arab, Berber, Persian, Turkish, Jewish, many more
Religion: Shiites, Sunnis, Jews, Christians, Druze, others.
A Bedouin girl
Egyptian women on a bus
Some Iranian women.
Moroccan women demonstrating.
Saudi Arabia: Women make up 4% of the formal workforce
Egypt: Women make up about 30% of the formal workforce
A Turkish mayoral candidate greets locals at a Diyarbakir market.
Photo: NF Watts, 03/04
Women in eastern Turkey.
Female employee at a carpet restoration center in Turkey.
Former Prime Minister Tansu Çiller
Market woman in central Turkey.
My friend Selin making pottery.
Map of Turkey; inset map of Turkey’s southeastern provinces
Village women in southeast Turkey.
Hijab: Head scarf
Chador: Full body cover
Drawings from the Seattle Times
Hindu woman covering face with sari or other covering.
Niqab: the face veil
Palestinian woman in Gaza
American Muslim woman showing difference between the Niqab (left) and the Hijab (right)
Hijab & Abaya from alKaram fashion
Hijabs from Al-Iman Fashion
Abayas from Al-Iman Fashion