According to a document issued by the United Nations, more than half of the population in the Arab world constitutes of people aging 25 or below.This 'youth bulge' not only contributes to increased problems in the Arab societies, but also indirectly preserves the social system that marginalizes the females.
Though the literacy rates are in gradual increase over the years, the education of women is not translating into the actual participation of women in the labour force. Meanwhile, "only 30% of working-age women participate in the labor force in the Arab region as a whole."
Young educated females do make qualified employees, yet they also make qualified prestigious future brides. The female's success, bluntly said, is her ability to find a good (wealthy) husband, to give birth to couple of kids, and to raise these kids correctly. I do believe that motherhood is an appreciated task; however, it is unfair to restrict young females' access to further educational or vocational arenas because they are married mothers.
Females in this region are not expected to plan their conception dates in light of their academic or career standings. Rather, many females are socially applauded for conceiving, even if this means that the female will stop pursuing her degree or will never admit to university at all. Even when the female is not married, pressures are exerted to make her admit into a major that suitably fits into their future career as a mother. I know a young lady who wanted to study medicine, for that's what she loves and have dreamt of since childhood. Because a doctor does not have enough time to sit with her kids and take good attention of them, this lady's choice of major was modified to mathematics, for she can teach in a school with the same schedule as her kids. Unsurprisingly, this girl's performance in mathematics is very poor and she is hesitatingly pursuing this major that she never wanted.
Again, I do appreciate motherhood as a task, and i much more appreciate those who choose to devote all their time to their kids. Yet, a female should not be forced to be a mother, and, ahead of all, should not give up her own dreams just because she has kids. yes, she can be successful in her education and career, and still raise good kids.
References:http://social.un.org/youthyear/docs/Regional%20Overview%20Youth%20in%20t...Girls Transform the World 2013