Intersectional Feminist Autoethnographic Snaphots of Socotra, Yemen

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Zoe Hurley, Zayed UniversityFollow
Widad Abdulmalik Abdu Mohammed

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Book Chapter

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A Social View of Socotra Island

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Yemen is considered as one of the most difficult places on earth to be female and has ranked last in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap index for 13 consecutive years. Although the intersectional impacts of misogyny differ, according to a woman’s ethnicity, class, sexuality, faith and level of education, females on the island of Socotra continue to suffer disproportionately due to engrained gender-inequality. This chapter develops intersectional feminist autoethnographic snapshots of Socotrian women’s lives and the range of gendered challenges that they endure. This includes a lack of transportation, absence of electronic domestic appliances, shortage of running water and intermittent WIFI. Concurrently, although foreign aid and investments in Socotra’s physical infrastructure, education and health system are helping to boost the island’s depleted public services while serving the western tourism industry, the flow of capital and build-up of rubbish from tourists is doing little to advance the daily practices or employment opportunities for Socotrian women.


978-981-99-4357-9, 978-981-99-4358-6


Springer Nature Singapore

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Social and Behavioral Sciences

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