Women in Physics in the Palestinian Territories
Scenes from the life of women physicists in Palestine.
Scenes from the life of women physicists in Palestine.Dr Wafaa Khater, born in the village of Ein Sinia in the West Bank.Dr. Khater, now chairperson of the Physics Department Birzeit University. From left to right: Waad Awad, Doa Hawamdeh, Suhad Daraghmeh, Worood Shadeed, Tasneem Saleem and Wesal Halaiqa.Doa Hawamdeh: "I think physics is the mother of all the sciences."Dr Wafaa Khater: "More and more young women are going to university to get a degree."Suhad Daraghmeh: "I think academia here in Palestine is very powerful."Dr Wafaa Khater: "It is a natural process that societies change with time and so do women..."Waad Awad: "I said to [my father] I want to study physics because I love physics."Tasneem Saleem: "I have to put all my strength to make the balance between my family, my work and my study."Worood Shadeed: "I know that it's difficult, but you can."Waad Awad: "my family didn't restrict me with social ideas."Worood Shadeed: "Living alone and doing everything by yourself is good for me."Worood Shadeed: "it takes more time than it should to get to Tulkarm (where her family lives) because of checkpoints and the roads are not very good."Waad Awad: "When we travel we feel we are not a country, not even a semi-country..."Tasneem Saleem: "I can have a balance between my children and my study."Tasneem Saleem: "It's about yourself inside."Dr Wafaa Khater: "I am very optimistic to see more and more female faces on the faculty line."