Social Transformation in the Arab world: Emergence of women empowerment

Posted: January 17, 2010 in Women's Empowerment

By Weam Al Dakheel

The Breeze of Youth by Ulfat al-Idilbi paved way into a discussion of the women in the Arab Region who have emerged to empower themselves, to fight the status quo in order to show that they have something to offer the world, and that they can do as the men does—this however is not to compete with the other gender, but to be of equals. In the reading, the writer has pictured perfectly the prevalence of the “generation gap” in the Arab world.

The granddaughter grows up in a different age—where women are educated and given the freedom to do as they want—wear the clothes they want, speak for themselves, and even plan their futures. The teenager of today’s generation has his/her own different attitude as with the traditional practices of the times before. The events happening around the world and the changes affect the society that we are in. In this story, the grandmother and granddaughter’s beliefs and standpoints clash with each other—a kind of conflict, which I believe, is normal for every given generation. It is not regarded as a negative thing but a more positive one because it allows people of different generations to understand each other and meet at one point.

In addition, it is an opportunity to be able to think alone for yourself and plan your future, it is the freedom to know what you want in your life and do what you should in order to conquer your dreams, for your own self-satisfaction and self-growth. This has been absent for a long time in the Arab countries, where women were always seen at home, living the conservative, submissive and passive lifestyle.
However, there is something to be regarded in this. Personally I think that the granddaughter in the story is really expected to balance practicing their traditional values and norms with respect to culture and this time of liberalism where there is modernization in different aspects—career, family life, lifestyle in general—to pace her life with the “rapid social transformation” as the Arab Women Writers portray it in the readings.

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