For example, in countries that employ a strict interpretation of Sharia law, women may not be allowed to drive cars, travel alone, or even go out in public without a male relative or a group of other women.If you travel alone, you may want to choose countries with a more relaxed attitude towards solo female travellers, where you’ll face fewer challenges.While there are limits to consular assistance, some services available to women travellers include: While abroad, you may find it difficult to get used to losing rights and privileges taken for granted in Canada.Expectations of women in certain cultures may seem offensive and unjust.Canadian women are often uncomfortable with the conduct of local men in some countries, where whistling, hissing, catcalls, leering, stalking, voyeurism, groping, pinching, and indiscreet comments are not considered harassment but acceptable forms of male attention.
In Muslim societies, the place of women may depend on the interpretation of Sharia law: although women may be held in high esteem, they’re still expected to be reserved, have strictly defined roles, and enjoy little freedom of movement.
Based on your research, develop a risk-management strategy outlining hazards you should be aware of and precautions you can take.
Always travel light, if possible, to protect yourself against loss or theft of money and valuables.
While you shouldn’t be forced to conform to unacceptable norms of womanhood, it’s important to maintain cultural sensitivity while abroad.
The normal and acceptable treatment of women varies widely from culture to culture.