BWU organized a discussion forum titled “Women in her long struggle … This is how they want me and this is how I want myself”, which was held on Saturday, January 28th, 2017 at the Oroba Club to discuss women stereotyped roles in society from different perspectives such as religious culture and present time, women and culture, women and novel/literature , women and advertisements, women and anecdote , women and educational curricula. Ms. Hana, a member of BWA, presented a research paper prepared by Ms. Ferial Al Sairafi, the paper was the first part of a series of analysis of educational curriculum of Arabic language books in government schools from the year 1999 to 2013, the study results showed that women representation in the curriculum does not exceed 30% of men representation in the lessons and 22% in terms of images, which reflect a large disparity between men and women’s representation in the Arabic language books, reflecting domination of masculine mentality, in addition to assigning traditional roles to women such as cooking and other stereotyped roles. The paper explained that when men give care to kids or perform any household tasks they were demonstrated as helping hands for women and not as partners who share responsibility. The curriculum assigned teaching as the only profession for women, whereas assigned 22 different professions for men. the curriculum is significantly away from women reality, and this doesn’t help in the advancement of men attitude toward women, women attitude towards herself, and in general society’s perception of women.
The study also reveals the absence of both women and men political representation, and that the language which is used in the curricula enforces women subordination to men, and shown her as quiet revolving around with her pen and brush as a secondary partner in life.
The study concluded with a number of recommendations, amongst which, revision of the textbooks to include other societal roles of women in line with her reality, inclusion of biography of Bahraini women pioneers in the textbooks, spreading human rights and social roles in schools, qualifying people responsible for the curriculum and teachers concepts related to gender, and finally clearing the language of any indication to women dependency on men or women preference over women, instead insist on dealing with them as partners in life.