Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Noble or outrageous?

Noble or outrageous?

This photo of a women washing cars outside a shopping mall was published in Alwasat newspaper last year.

Alot of people were outraged that a 'Bahraini' woman has to resort to this kind of work for money. Its not the sort of image u'd expect to see in the 'oil-rich Gulf'.

To be fair, after the story was broken, this lady did get offered another job. I don't know how many other women work in hard-labour jobs, but I heard that many work in factories in terrible conditions too. This reminded me of one of the first posts I made 6 months ago about Bahrain's star volleyball player collecting tin cans for a living.

Posted by BB @ 5/17/2005 06:02:00 PM

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Posted by Blogger Mahmood Al-Yousif @ 5/17/2005 06:21:00 PM #

Good on her!

May more Bahrainis find similar ways of making a living rather than sitting home and complaining about lack of "good" jobs.

We need to convince ourselves that we are not a rich country. End of story!

Posted by Blogger Evil Odd @ 5/18/2005 02:35:00 AM #

Could someone at least gone and told her it would be ok to wear a white burkha, rather than suffer in the heat?

I'll never criticize anyone for putting in a hard days work, or even for being entrprenuerial with whatever they have, as this woman seems to have done. I'll agree with this much, she didn't just sit on her duff and complain. She went out and did something.

And maybe this indicative of the male chauvanism in our culture. As men, we work so those we care about don't have to, our mothers, wives, sisters and daughters. Sometimes our no-good sons thrown in too.

Wokring condititons ought to be tolerable for anyone, male or female. As long as there is dignity in what you do and not being exploited for it, then do it.

Posted by Blogger Desert Island Boy @ 5/18/2005 06:54:00 AM #

Did anyone else notice that at least she is doing it correctly (there is a bottle of washing-up liquid next to the water-pail). Now if I could only get the "male" car-washers to figure out what soap is!

Leave it to a women to get the job done right!!!

Posted by Anonymous Anonymous @ 5/18/2005 07:28:00 AM #

Oil rich country?

We all know where the oil riches are being reaped :)

I am afraid this scene may not be a novel one very soon. And did you see the ever increasing number of beggars on the streets...next to supermarkets, inside coffee shops and outside pharmacies and even ATM machines..

Posted by Blogger SillyBahrainiGirl @ 5/18/2005 09:11:00 AM #

i posted a comment on Bahrania's flickr site about this picture, so here it is:

i think it's sad but at the same time it's work and i don't agree with people who think it is our birth right as bahrainis to have a descent or good paying job. the US is how many times richer than bahrain or the gulf states combined ? but they have worse than this .. it's not about being a rich country, that's just life ! it's hard to say more without knowing whether she's educated.

Posted by Blogger MtB @ 5/20/2005 03:36:00 PM #

Women shouldn't work. Unless they really want to. Besides, in Islaam, Women are liberated. Their only responsibility is to tender to their spouses, and children. If they're unmarried, then their father should take care of them. I'm so sad to see that hukm' is not being practised there.


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