Qatari women doomed in Qatar?
As many of you know, roles of gender is defined in the Middle East, some parts of the Middle East are less strict, others are really strict.
Here in Qatar, while it is not as bad as other countries for women, however there are many social problems that persists in this society.
One of the ongoing problems and obstacles I personally see, is the unlimited amount of freedom given to men or boys at early age of their teenage years, while there is way too more restrictions on women at the same age, many families don 't care even if the women is 30+ years old as long as she's not married, they are responsible for every step she takes and restricted in many area.
Speaking of marriage, I know some women who are not really forced to get married, but they said yes under pressure so they don't have to face the social\family pressure of calling her (old maid\spinster) or thinking that "there's something wrong with her", note that this is not the case really for men, in fact many men who chose to marry non-Qatari women are socially and legally ok, whereas it is not the case for women, even if she's beyond 40, many families would rather that she stay single rather than marrying a non-Qatari.
Many girls are still not allowed to study abroad, or in an coeducational system here in Qatar, the reason for families is that "she's a girl" therefore, they are doing so to protect her, again there's no protection for men apparently!
Society often rejects a girl who acts\dress up "too liberal" or those who are educated in the "west" in fact many wouldn't marry a girl who is so.
Almost everything here seems double-standard, what's ok for men is not ok for women. Even those rights that is guaranteed by religion (ie:Getting married ) society took this away from women.
I, myself have faced so many obstacles, many backlashes and non-sense criticizing. Why? Because I am a woman, and woman shouldn't be doing so and so or acting this or that way.
I am not a pessimist, however, the way our society going and that much androcentrism doesn't look very promising and needs to be changed soon.
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