Al-Amal’s Workshops in Basra
Underage Marriage, Out of Court Marriage, Women’s and Men’s Roles
Al-Amal Family Support Centre, in conjunction with the Youth & Sports Directorate in Basra, held a workshop titled “Exchanging Roles” on 20th January 2016.
The workshop aimed at identifying the roles of women from the social point of view and introducing the appropriate roles of women. In most cases, the role of men, in our eastern culture, is limited to supporting the family financially while the women’s role is limited to her responsibility inside the household.She is the mother, the nursemaid and the one responsible for the family.
The natural roles of men and womenin the family, the complimentary roles where each completes the role of the other, were discussed in the workshop. But under present social and cultural development the tables, and consequently the roles, have been turned. Women became responsible for supporting the family instead of men.
It became apparent after the completion of the discussion that the participants’ views on the true roles of women has changed. At the end of the workshop, “health baskets” were distributed to the female participants.
In this respect another workshop was held in conjunction with Youth & Sports Directorate titled “Underage Marriage, Out of Court Marriage” at another centre on 20th January 2016.
The underage marriage issue was discussed together with its effects on the family and society, and the consequent divorce rates, particularly in the out-of-court marriages. The legal effects of the underage marriages was discussed. It is often performed out of court which denies women of their rights by law specially in case of divorce.