1. Over the years, there has been a substantial increase in the number
of women performing The Hajj. There is a need for a paradigm
shift in policies and provision of facilities for women.
Women must be represented in all Hajj decision-making
bodies (in Saudi Arabia and in other countries) so that that their interests and
needs are well articulated.
2. The prayer space allocated to women in the Prophet's Mosque
is grossly disproportionate. Women who wish to pray inside the
mosque have to be there earlier than men.
In the airport, there is no gender segregation in the customs and the waiting areas. But in the immigration area,
you'll be separated
from your spouses before you are united
again in the customs area. This causes a lot of inconvenience to
families as they have to wait for the husband/wife to turn up for
4. Many aspects relating to woman pilgrims require
in-depth presentation. I hope a knowledgeable and observant Hajjah
will consider developing a site titled "Women and The Hajj". I'm
prepared to offer the space in my site to host such a site.
5. 20.4% of the pickpockets arrested in Makkah in 2007 were women
who target women pilgrims. Take care.
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