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