Divorce in the Gulf and Middle East Region
Divorce rates globally are on the increase although in many western countries, the numbers are beginning to level off. Here in the Middle East, the figures have been rising steadily, and it seems set to continue that way. In the last year alone over 40% of married couples in the United Arab Emirates chose not to stay together... In Saudi Arabia, an average of 33 divorce cases are recorded per day... in 2001 the first ever divorce via SMS text messaging was registered........So is giving up on marriage getting easier? Our report comes from Dubai where they are trying to do something to address the problem. Dr Roghy McCarthy, clinical psychologist and founder of a counseling centre in Dubai and Dr Amira Sonbol, professor of Islamic History, Law and society at Qatar's Georgetown University join Shahnaz Pakravan in the studio to discuss the difficulties of persuading men and women that counseling may help? Shaima's Scarf
Shaimaa Khalil was something of a wild child, a party girl who gave it all up to return to her Muslim roots. In the film she describes why she put the headscarf on and why it posed no problem in her work as a hip-hop DJ and newsreader at the local Qatar television station. She was also very adamant she didn't want to get married.But less than six months after the film was completed she had indeed got married, given up her job and followed her husband for his work to the United Kingdom.
We invited her into our London studios to find out why the sudden change of heart. And asked – what’s life like now?