A report from the Middle East and North Africa Women’s Health Organisation says that a lack of men is a problem for women and girls, but the reason for this can be traced to the lack of knowledge of how to manage gender-related health problems.
“For women, it’s very important to know what is the best way to manage and manage a health condition that you might be suffering from,” said Dr. Nour Al-Muthana, director of the Women’s Healthcare Organisation in Jordan.
“For men, it is very important that they understand how to take care of their gender issues.”
Women are also facing a range of other challenges, including financial stress, poor social support and discrimination.
“When I was in school and in university, I was able to get my degree and then when I graduated, I had no job,” said Fatima Al-Masri, who has been in education since she was a child.
“I had a lot of pressure from my family to get married and get married soon.”
Al-Masari, who married a man at the age of 22, said she had to struggle to get pregnant and raise her children in the Jordanian capital of Amman.
“It is a very hard life,” she said.
“You have to go to work, you have to get paid, and you have no time to talk to your children.
You have to be ready to go home at 4 or 5 in the morning.”
Al Masri’s husband works as a paramedic, and she said she often has to spend hours on the phone with him about her husband’s health.
“He is so concerned about me, and he has to be on top of everything,” she told Al Jazeera.
“I do everything I can to keep him in the best health he can be.”
Al Jazeera spoke to women’s rights activists, activists from the Palestinian Authority, human rights organisations and women’s organizations across the region.
This report is based on interviews with four women, one of whom was not permitted to speak on the record.
The women interviewed are:Al Jazeera’s Hana Khalaf, who is the founder and executive director of Women’s Rights Watch in the Palestinian territories, and the director of women’s education at the Centre for Women’s Studies in Istanbul, Turkey;