Make no mistake, most middle eastern countries are far behind their counterparts in the rest of the world. However, women are increasingly having the courage to stand up to oppressive laws and fight back. Many are winning. Many are risking their lives. And another aspect beyond the day itself is social media and a more connected world. When a woman is punished, even killed, people find out about it all over the world. It gives us the space to respond and take action.
Yes, I strongly believe that International Women's Day is having a positive impact on gender roles in the Middle East because it is helping spread a positive message that women are also smart and capable of doing great things. International Women's Day is a great way for young girls to realize that traditional gender roles shouldn't limit them from doing great things.
Yes, International Women's Day is having a positive impact on gender roles in the Middle East. Gender roles tends to be more defined in the Middle East. Therefore, more of an effort needs to be put into changing the way that people see gender roles. International Women's Day may not do a great deal but it does put focus on the issue.
Blokes have their day all year round, and have done from time immemorial. Patriarchal values are so deeply embedded in culture that many men, and some women, see feminism as an attack whereas it is simply asking that we all afford each other the same rights, protections and opportunities as we grow up.In many parts of the world 50% of the population have no say in the events that shape their lives, especially in the Middle East.