A video dialogue program for young women in the USA and Muslim countries
March 29th, 2008 at 10:09 pm
Posted by Zia in Sessions

Our latest discussion was shortened due to the fact that our normal 6-hour time difference was off, but we had a good conversation on the topic of legal protection for women. Our participants in Tunisia started the conversation by discussing the extensive rights that women in Tunisia enjoy: most women go to university and women are free to select a career of their choice.  They said in Tunisia, women are considered “half of society”.

In US, one of our participants mentioned the “glass ceiling” that exists in spite of equality between men and women. The Tunisian participants asked the Americans what they considered the most important woman’s right to be. The response by one participant was the right of choice: that women can choose what career to have, whether to have children etc.

We later discussed the International Day of Women, a holiday that is celebrated in Tunisia, but not widely in the US. A participant in the US said this year was considered particularly important for women here, however, because there’s a strong woman presidential candidate

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