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Women in Islam

Muslims make up a fifth of the world's population with more than a billion followers. Worldfocus explores how hundreds of millions of Islamic women are navigating changing norms of culture, society and law within the context of their faith. Our producers and correspondents report on this issue from Iran, Morocco, Egypt and Turkey.

In Iran, women have made remarkable strides in education in the last decades - 65 percent of college undergraduates are female and 70 percent of graduate students are enrolled in medicine. Yet legally, women cannot travel freely without the permission of a male relative and face formidable obstacles when divorcing their husbands. We explore the tensions between the expectations of many highly educated young Iranian women and the realities of their lives.

In Morocco, we profile an activist challenging the stigma facing unwed mothers, while in a conservative corner of Turkey, we meet young women defying gender stereotypes through their love of sports. And we explore why - contrary to popular perception in the West - more women in Egypt choose to wear the veil.

"Women in Islam" is a collection of signature videos, interviews, reporter observations and analysis from the field and blogger perspectives.

Women in Islam

From streets to clubs, sexual attitudes shift in Lebanon

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From streets to clubs, sexual attitudes shift in Lebanon

From the Arab world's first gay rights demonstration to wild parties to a new graphic magazine, sexual attitudes are changing in Beirut.

Posted: April 30, 2009 15:33   Comments: 9
Tune in: Online radio show on Iceland’s collapse

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Tune in: Online radio show on Iceland’s collapse

Iceland has been called “the first political casualty of the global credit crisis.” What went wrong in Iceland, and is it a cautionary tale for the wider world? Worldfocus.org's weekly radio show explores Iceland's economic collapse and the country's future. Listen now.

Posted: February 10, 2009 19:13   Comments: 0
Oprah brings taboo topics to Middle East

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Oprah brings taboo topics to Middle East

The Middle East's MBC-4 began airing "The Oprah Winfrey Show" more than four years ago, and the program now reaches about 6 million viewers in the Arab world each day.

Posted: January 22, 2009 14:42   Comments: 7
Watching Oprah in a Syrian refugee camp

In the Newsroom

Watching Oprah in a Syrian refugee camp

Kristen Gillespie produced two signatures stories out of Jordan for Worldfocus. She writes about the global reach of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," which has impacted a refugee living in a camp in Syria.

Posted: January 22, 2009 11:03   Comments: 10
Women in Jordan head to work as economy sours

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Women in Jordan head to work as economy sours

In the conservative Muslim region of southern Jordan, more and more women are leaving the home for the first time and going to work -- largely out of economic necessity. The number of women in the workforce has more than doubled over the past five years.

Posted: January 21, 2009 14:22   Comments: 13
Divorce outcasts women from Jordan’s social structure

In the Newsroom

Divorce outcasts women from Jordan’s social structure

Kristen Gillespie produced two signatures stories out of Jordan for Worldfocus. She writes about daily life for working women and discusses divorce in Jordanian culture.

Posted: January 21, 2009 14:14   Comments: 7
Egyptian women choose the veil

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Egyptian women choose the veil

Though some in the Western world view the veil as a symbol of oppression, for women in Egypt the hijab takes on different meanings.

Posted: October 22, 2008 15:27   Comments: 12
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