Recent years have seen Iraqis having smaller families due to a spike in living costs. Couples are having less children in a sharp departure from the past when huge families were the norm in the clan-based society.
As the United States celebrates Thanksgiving, The New Arab sits down with one Afghan whose made Virginia her home, and why she uses the festive season to commemorate both her Afghan origins and her adopted American culture.
November 25th marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and a 16-day campaign by UN Women to fight gender based violence. It is especially prescient this year after the disproportionate effects of the pandemic.
Constant Israeli assaults have led Gazan women to be forced to reconsider motherhood, due to the tragic realisation that their offspring may not survive childbirth. This has led to the worsening of women's mental health in the embattled enclave.
Enas Kamal discusses Ridwa, a recent campaign highlighting how women's inheritance rights in Egypt are being withheld by patriarchal and repressive societal norms that refuse to acknowledge women's huge economic role in the country today.
With Afghanistan in a dire economic predicament, the Taliban have thus far failed to provide adequate solutions to shore up public services. This has meant that more and more Afghans now face poverty, destitution and illness as winter draws closer.
Lebanese women have been disproportionately affected by Lebanon's continued crises, none more so in terms of pregnancy and period products which have seen price hikes in recent months, affecting not only family planning, but women's mental health.
More armies in the Arab world are drafting women into their operational and strategic planning with Jordan and Algeria, particularly promising case studies. Yet structural and cultural challenges remain to reach gender equity in the armed forces.