Women’s Freedom in 2012
Across the Middle East and North Africa, there are signs that the heralded advance of women may have stalled or even gone into reverse. And even in Iceland, the country credited with the smallest gender gap in the world, women feel under pressure. So what freedoms do women need or want? Carrie Gracie asks Iranian-American rights campaigner Sussan Tahmasebi, Icelandic political scientist Silja Omarsdottir and Israeli choreographer Jasmin Vardimon. Illustration by Rosemary Baker.
Silja Bara Omarsdottir
60 Second Idea
Silja Omarsdottir suggests that for one day a year, no man is allowed to talk in a meeting before having heard a woman's opinion first. Silja says that a woman tends to wait her turn to speak, but a man doesn‘t have these qualms, and will jump up right away and start talking, preventing her from having her say. If we could break this cycle then women's voices would be properly heard.