Women of kuwait

  • Dates
    2015 - Ongoing
  • Author
  • Topics Portrait, Fine Art, Documentary
  • Location Kuwait, Kuwait

From the time I went to New York City four years ago, people have always been asking about my identity, and how I am what I am?! Their general social stigmas for the Middle Eastern women made them believe that women are constrained in Kuwait.

This work is portraying Kuwaiti women inside their sleeping room. The most private space, where they can be the rawest version of themselves. These are the real faces of the women of Kuwait.

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Xeina Al-Musallam, 29, Single and a Fierce Hugger, Freelancing Art Director, Stylist and Photographer (2017) The Kuwaiti woman is in an ongoing balance between reaching for modernity and pouring her discoveries straight into her heritage..a constant blended state of identity that is influenced by the past's richness and shyness into the future.

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Amnah Al-Mutawa, 31, Divorced, Orthodontist (2017) Kuwaiti women are Bold. Proud to be a Kuwaiti woman yet facing difficulties in balancing traditions and the modern definition of equal rights.

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Dalal Almohanna,24-single-:hula-hooper ( 2016) Being a Kuwaiti woman is a blessing & a curse. Women are definitely not equal to men, especially when it comes to social & legal matters. However, this doesn't reflect on the importance women have in Kuwait's society. This importance is even more evident now, as Kuwait is in need of an awakening simultaneously as women are given more freedom to be their great selves.

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Deema Al-Ghunaim, 32, Not married, Architect (2017) Growing up, I didn't have a problem expressing myself, but being in a communal environment taught me different views about individuality and independence, as well as many communication skills.

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Djinane Alsuwayeh, 29-Single- art director and photographer (2015) Woman are not equal to men... You see it everyday in the way kids are being raised, at work and in conversations. I don't consider myself a Kuwaiti woman, as I have a whole other half in my blood. I can tell you how it feels to be me; love in the soul.

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Abeer Al-Omar, 55, Single Mother, Sr. Executive – Corporate Communications & Government Affairs (2017) Kuwaiti woman are swimming in unclear sea, they are survivors. I believe that only when every human in society is treated equally, regardless of their background, nationality, gender, age. Also equality without sectarianism or tribalism. Then women by default will be getting their equal rights.

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Aisha Alsarraj ,38-Married-Head of Tendering & Contracting (2016) As a Kuwaiti woman I feel proud and lucky… We are equal in civil rights but some social judgments based on old traditions may occur on a woman's behavior.

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Athoob Al-Shuaibi, 39-Married- Journalist (2015) A Kuwaiti woman is lost between an overwhelming social responsibility and the building of her career. Women are equal to men in our constitution. However, laws and regulations don't correspond with what came in the constitution articles.

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Noha Al-Mansour, 43, Divorced / Mother of Three, Economist at the Supreme Council for Planning and Development and Fashion Designer  (2017) Being a Kuwaiti woman is a source of pride. We are educated, elegant, smart and creative.

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Fatimah Alyakoob, 32-Single -Operations Manager in era.media (2016) The Kuwaiti woman is unconventional. Women are equal to men in Kuwait only in the workforce, not in every other aspect of life.

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Haneen Alasaker,41-single mother- financial researcher  (2015) Women and wen are equal in Kuwait. I think Kuwaiti woman is strong, stylish and intellectual.

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Rana Al-Omani , 40, Single, Owner of Rana Fitness Co. (2017) We are forceful. As for equality between genders, where does total equality exist in this world?

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Rasha Aldoughaji , 38, Married, Owner of Baked Bakery (2017)  I feel privileged, as we have so many opportunities in this country as women and we are constantly thriving for success!

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Mariam Mandani,25 –Single -Freelance Designer (2016) Our constitution gives a certain amount of rights to each citizen and we as women are not given all these rights, only some of them. It's as if we are less of citizens than men

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Maryam Al-Nusif, 35, Single, Chef and Gardener (2017) Kuwaiti women are champions, I think they are more blessed than others. All the limitations and obstacles in their way strengthens their determination, empathy and compassion.

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Farah khajah, 31 –Single -Events organizer (2016) It is not easy being Arab / Muslim in general. But if you know what you're doing ... If you know what you want ... Everything will fall in place eventually....

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Tamara Qabazard, 29, Single, Veterinarian at Kuwait Zoo (2017) I think women in Kuwait have more equality to men than women in other gulf countries. Yet we still carry the burden of shame (this is a universal problem). Women in powerful or influential positions are seen as threats to the fragile male ego. Furthermore we still cannot pass on our citizenship to our children.

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Zahra Al-Mahdi, 27, Single, Artist (2017) We live in an ideological context that deliberately disrupts communicative networks in between women in order to suppress any kind of organized uprising. The culture of "women who hate other women", or women who discriminate against other bodies that manifest in other femininities is created to maintain a society of obedient lesser subjects.

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Thuraya-Lynn Al-Jassim, 28, Married, Government Officer and Artist (2017) Foreign countries still have a long way until equity is achieved so it's fair to say Kuwait has to step up in it's progress. To me, it's not about being better or being treated the same, not all women of all classes or walks of life have the same goal, but it's about getting a fair chance in life.

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Sharifah Al Falah , 39 –Married- Information and Marketing officer in Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (2015) Women are equal to men in Kuwait, they go head to head in education, political rights and professions

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