Role as protector of family

Men of Arabic speaking backgrounds have been raised with the expectation that in adulthood they will fulfil the role of protector of their family members. This role extends to his wife and children, but also to his extended family members, including his parents, parents-in-law, and other vulnerable family members. In circumstances where his sister or the wife of his brother is widowed, it is his duty to protect her and her children and often this implies that he will provide for their material needs. For younger men, even if they have not reached adulthood, if their father passes away, they are expected to step into the role of protector of the family, and undertake roles of provider and parenting duties to younger siblings.