Notes from An Alien

~ Explorations In Reading, Writing, and Publishing ~

Photography, Literacy, and “Gender Roles” . . .


Muslim Women and Education

Image Courtesy of Niels Boegh ~ http://www.freeimages.com/photographer/ncb-37593

Let’s start with a quote:

“Fayza, 25, is a university student from Yemen. She was forced to drop out of school when she was made to marry at the age of eight. That marriage ended in divorce a year later. At 14, she became the third wife of a 60-year-old man. After bearing three children, she divorced again at the age of 18. Fayza is now only allowed to see her children every other weekend.”

Fayza is finishing her education (provided through a grant) so she can get a job and help her children have a better life

The image I used is not actually Fayza; but, I felt the need to show a Muslim woman with strength of character

That quote is just a hint of one of the stories from the site I.Read.I.Write, an “…on-going photo project about Arab women and education…”.

It’s an initiative of Laura Boushnak“…a Kuwaiti-born Palestinian photographer, whose work focuses on women, literacy and education reform in the Arab world. For her ongoing series ‘I Read, I Write’, she photographed girls and women changing their lives through education in Egypt, Yemen, Kuwait, Jordan and Tunisia.”

I urge you to explore the two links I’ve provided

Also, watching this video will let you learn more about the real Fayza…

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