NAFE uses interactive theatre as a field-based project to raise awareness of issues faced by women and children in Jordanian society. Interactive theater aims to shine light on topics such as divorce, early marriage, economic status, sexual harassment, exploitation, and rights of working women. In each performance these issues and their solutions are explored through comedy and theater. The audience is encouraged to participate in the performances by suggesting solutions to the actors during the show or during the following open discussion.
These photos were taken during a performance addressing the issue of divorce and how it affects the lives of women in the home, society, and the workplace:
The first performance confirmed that divorced women are still exposed to violence because they are unable to leave the house for work or school without accompaniment by a father, brother, or son in order to avoid humiliation.
The second performance confirmed that divorced women have the complete right to work and study, and have the complete freedom to leave the house and live a natural life like all the other women in the local community. (One of the women shared her own personal story as a divorced mother of three daughters and one son. Despite her divorce she insisted on working and she received support from her family. Today, she is a working woman with enough economic stability to be able to meet all of the needs of her four children.)
A 22 year old man confirmed the importance of the role of brothers in supporting their divorced sisters. He spoke about the necessity for families and communities to refrain from blaming a divorced woman because it is possible that her husband was a bad person, and therefore she should be allowed to practice all of her rights.
During the interactive performance which poses the issue of women’s right to work in a safe environment, the entire audience confirmed that women in the workplace, and especially women in agriculture, are exposed to occupational violence mainly in terms of their wages, which are very low compared to those of men, as well as their long work days. Additionally, the audience confirmed that the workplaces for farmers are inadequate and do not provide women with basic necessities (such as bathrooms).