By James Stotler
Women in Arab societies are facing challenges on each and every level in their daily lives. They have been facing discrimination and partiality for eras. The fact is that most of these prejudices were aroused from traditions and beliefs of past generations. However, as times have changed and many developments have taken place in society, Arab women have somewhat succeeded in breaking the persistent knots of narrow minded people by endeavoring in each and every field of life. On one side, women have explored the field of politics, business industry, technology, education, whereas on the other side, they have explored new definitions in their relationships.
Women empowerment is the result of many changes that have occurred during the past few years. These changes included increased freedom and a new found belief of parents towards their daughters, the scope of education has been widened, education is now not concentrated towards one gender only but it’s covered the prerequisites of both sexes. Educational facilities have been broadened as many educational institutions have been opened for both, economic globalization has somewhat touched the people of the Arab world as they have now started recognizing the importance and participation of women in their developing society. Economic situations being tougher by the day have also enforced women into their urge of self-recognition by taking on various employments and making a success out of them as well as earning a living. This urge has eventually increased the opportunities for women to involve themselves in all fields even in foreign countries. Arab women are now educated hence, more confident about themselves.
They have started thinking about themselves from a different angle that is very different to that of their society. This self-recognition has led them into having a strong urge to earn their rights and step forward to collect the rewards they deserve.
It has been sensed by the world that without active participation by both genders, social, political and economic development cannot be achieved. Hence, contribution of women is a must. Initially, Arab countries did not allow college education for women earlier but now, women are the majority in higher education. In today’s Arab world, women get more chances of entering any field they choose and achieving high levels of success.
Lack of social and economic well-being in some parts of the Arab world is a proven enemy for women. Circulation of education has re-framed the minds of people and they have started realizing the magnitude of the actual fact that women should move beyond their gender. Many Arab women have turned the tables on their side. They are succeeding in not only the political efforts but are also progressing in the business industry. They are setting examples for the upcoming generation of their gender and establishing idealism in their hearts about what a woman can do. The only condition is that she should have an inner urge to progress.
Looking at the current scenario, it can be said that women in the Arab world need to go far beyond to increase their participation as even today, a lot more needs to be done. The progress made by these women is most appreciated but still there is so much to be done.
About the Author: James Stotler is journalist with over 4 years experience. He specializes in writing a wide variety of articles related to news, fashion and business.
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