Female Illiteracy Female literacy in the MENA region has tripled since the 1970s, but half the women in the region still cannot read or write.
Women’s Participation in the Formal Work Force & Politics
About 80 percent of men participate in the formal workforce; only about 33 percent of women (in the MENA region)
About 3.5 % of parliamentary seats are occupied by women (lowest % in the world)
Patriarchy : a system that privileges males and elders, giving males legal and economic power over his family members. In broader terms, the extension of male dominance over women in society in general.
"Say to the believing man that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that will make for greater purity for them; and Allah is well acquainted with all that they do. And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; and that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what must ordinarily appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms and not display their beauty except to their husbands..."