by The WIP
On Thursday, July 24, The WIP and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies will co-host Twitter chat “Women in Islam: Myth vs. Reality.” The idea for “Women in Islam: Myth vs. Reality” was inspired by two CNS fellows from Pakistan – Maria Syed and Nidaa Shahid. Both fellows wrote this summer for The WIP addressing the common misperceptions in the West of women in Pakistan.
by Nidaa Shahid, Pakistan
The general perception worldwide about women in Islam is that they are oppressed and without rights. It is widely believed that the Muslim men make all the decisions and hold authority both in and outside the home and that women are not allowed to work outside the home. Nothing could be further from the truth. Although there are women in many Muslim societies who are oppressed and do not have a say, trends are changing for the positive.