September 25, 2011
Written Task 1
For this assignment I would like to discuss the gender differences that are common nowadays in many Arabic families, where their religion is Muslim. Men are considered to be superior to women. A woman’s job is to be locked inside the house, raise the kids and do the housework. I have experienced this by seeing many families in Azerbaijan that are the same as the Arabic families, and I have known many women that have lived in these conditions. I will write a weekly diary explaining an Arabic woman’s life, including all her feelings about the way she lives. Since the women mainly stay at home, they don’t have close friends to talk to and don’t have anyone that is always there for them. I decided to have a woman explain her feelings to a diary. I want to show that this is true not only for Muslim families who live in Muslim countries but also for Muslim families in non-Muslim countries. The woman’s name will be Nura. She was married at the age of 18 and is now 30. She is very well educated; she went to a school and a good university and always studied hard because she wanted a bright future. She speaks Arabic and English fluently and lives in the United Kingdom with her husband and two children. A boy who is 12 years old and a girl of 7 years old. Her children go to an international school and also have a very good education. Her husband works in a prestigious bank, but she has to stay home and follow the rules of her religion. I thought a diary would be an excellent way to show the life of an Arabic woman and to show her feelings.
Word Count: 294
September 5th 2011 Dear Diary,
I don’t even know where to begin. I am so tired of sitting at home all the time! I want to have a regular life like every other woman here in London does. I want to be able to go out and have...