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Ramadan 2024 Series: Shining Light on Some Challenges Women Face

Author Engy Elghannam
Time 3/20/24, 9:30 AM
Challenges Women Face
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The series of Ramadan 2024 has highlighted some challenges that women often find themselves entangled in, which go unnoticed or unaddressed. From societal expectations to familial dynamics, women grapple with a myriad of issues that impact their daily lives, shaping their experiences and opportunities. In this article, we explore 5 common challenges that women encounter, aiming to bring attention to their struggles and promote necessary changes.

 

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The Pressure to Look a Certain Way

In today's society, women face immense scrutiny regarding their appearance, which often revolves around meeting unrealistic beauty standards. These standards are deeply ingrained and create a constant sense of insecurity among women. This pressure doesn't just stay superficial; it seeps into their personal lives, including their relationships, particularly their marriages.

 

 This was very evident in Kamel El Adad this Ramadan 2024, and how Layla was pressured by her mother-in-law to look and act a certain way, so she wouldn't lose her husband. Many women fear that if they don't meet these standards, they might lose their partner's affection or even risk marital problems. This fear becomes a heavy burden, leading some women to prioritize their appearance over everything else.

 

This creates a harmful cycle where women's self-esteem takes a hit, and they start believing that their worth is solely based on how physically attractive they are. Breaking free from this cycle requires challenging these unrealistic standards and recognizing that a woman's value goes far beyond her looks.

 

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The Burden of Household Responsibilities

Despite progress towards gender equality, women still bear the brunt of household responsibilities. From cooking and cleaning to childcare and eldercare, these tasks are typically expected to be managed solely by women, often without acknowledgment or appreciation. This unequal division of labor not only reinforces gender stereotypes but also hinders women's personal and professional development. 

 

This was comically illustrated in the "Baba Geh" series, where Akram Hosny's new job was to step into a mother's role until she returned home, revealing his exhaustion from shouldering all the responsibilities as he saw that women have the superpower to bear all of these duties at the same time.

 

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The Dilemma of Balancing Work and Motherhood

When new mothers return to work, they face significant challenges, especially when it comes to finding reliable childcare. Many struggle to secure suitable arrangements due to limited options and high costs. Consequently, they must juggle their job responsibilities with childcare demands, often sacrificing career goals. This barrier will of course affect women's financial independence. This was clear in the "Asghal Shaka" series. After Yasmin returned to work, she had to bring her newborn twins with her because she was struggling to manage both them and her job.
 

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Financial Exploitation 

In certain relationships, women experience financial exploitation from their partners. This means that some men take control of their wives' money and the household finances, either through direct manipulation or subtle pressure, leaving women financially vulnerable and reliant on them. This type of exploitation will of course take  away women's independence , and traps them in cycles of poverty and dependence. anyone watching "Neama Elavocado" this Ramadan 2024 will certainly have noticed the financial exploitation by her husband, which is a form of abuse.

 

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Intrusive Interference and Unsolicited Advice

Women frequently face unwanted interference and advice from family, friends, and even strangers. Whether it's criticism about their parenting decisions or unwelcome opinions about their personal lives, women often deal with intrusive input from others. This invasion of privacy not only undermines women's independence but also chips away at their confidence and self-esteem. By respecting women's boundaries and autonomy, society can create an environment that promotes empowerment and support. This was evident this Ramadan 2024 in the “Kamel Eladad” series with Badra and her mother-in-law, and how she desires to control every aspect of her kids' lives.

 

Women's challenges are complex and deeply rooted in societal norms and expectations. By recognizing these challenges and pushing for systemic change, we can build a fairer and more inclusive society where women are appreciated, respected, and empowered to succeed.

 

 

Main Image Credit: TURQUOISE STUDIO

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