Role as husband

For many men of Arabic speaking backgrounds, their traditional, culturally embedded understandings of male and female roles and the authority of the male in the family are challenged. As women in Australia are afforded increased rights and opportunities for education and employment, women of Arabic speaking backgrounds may seek greater independence.

Although some men may welcome this shift, many men are left questioning traditional gender roles and questioning their own role as husband and father. This is particularly difficult for those men whose wives may have secured employment, but they themselves have not been able to enter the employment market. Marital relationships and poor family relationships are not uncommon to men who feel that they lose their authority and capacity to fulfil their role as husband and provider to their wife and children.