Saturday, May 26, 2007
Algerian women: A Snapshot
A New York Times article on Algerian women's increased participation in public life. They are doing it through education, something men seem to have given up on because of economic hardship and a different set of gender expectations. Women dominate medicine, and make up 70 percent of the country's lawyers and 60 percent of its judges. Nothing is said about the role the Algerian women's movement plays in all this. Some women mention how their adoption of the hijab gave their public life a moral cover that unveiled women do not have. One thing that comes through the article is the complexity of gender relations in Algerian society right now.