This fascinating story (Arabic) in today’s Al Ghad newspaper, tells of the opening of Eve Mall in the northeastern Jordanian city of Mafraq. The idea is to “free women from the intruding glances of men”, so that women and girls can “act spontaneously” and shop at ease in a “purely feminine” environment.
The article quotes a number of women who are enthusiastic about the idea, but also quotes other women and men who consider this a step backwards and a form of segregation.
It’s a pretty complex issue. For one it’s a story of women entrepreneurship! But it’s also a sign of the conflict we have with modern, urban life. I don’t think the answer is in women only facilities (reminds you of Saudi?). I certainly can understand the ‘practical’ aspect of such projects, considering how intrusive and annoying some men are in our society.
What would be really useful is a heavy-handed crackdown on sexual harassment on Jordan’s streets. Get sexual harrasers publicly arrested by male and female police and shame them in public! Heavy fines would be useful too. I know this is a fantasy but one can hope. Until then expect to hear more Eve Mall stories.
Read these related posts on 360east:
- Disregard for public safety at Mecca Mall
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- Amman: The Incomplete City and the missing trees of City Mall!
- Hello ‘West Amman”: the biggest mall is in East Amman
- New Orleans. Shameful.
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