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Representations: Proverbs, Adages, and Riddles: Yemen
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Even though many women are now active in public life in Yemen, and the Yemeni constitution mandates equality without discrimination by gender, notions of women's traditional place in society limit the opportunities available to many women. Proverbs and folk sayings in Yemen reflect customary attitudes toward women and their position in the family and society. Through repetition and presentation as traditional wisdom, they teach and reinforce those attitudes.

Many proverbs define a woman as less than a man. It is often said that: “Women are deficient in intellect and religion as …

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Boxberger, Linda, “Representations: Proverbs, Adages, and Riddles: Yemen”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0635g>
First published online: 2009

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