Dr. Ebtesam Barakat
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Human Rights Under Pressure - Ethics, Law and Politics
Post Doctoral Fellow
Field of Research: How Educated Druze Women Handle the Main Labor Market
Ebtesam Barakat completed her Ph.D. thesis at Bar-Ilan University’s Interdisciplinary Studies unit in the Gender Studies Program. She is interested in the political study of gender, gender and minority and construction of femininity and masculinity. Her dissertation investigates the Strategies and Practices of Resistance of Druze Women against Multiple Power Relations, integrating critical theory and Intersection approach. Her research examined the strategies used by Druze women in Israel dealing with the many circles of oppression. Its central purpose was to examine how educated and uneducated women cope with circles of oppression in their lives and what coping strategies are used by the educated women, compared to the coping strategies adopted by the uneducated women. Abtesam holds a BA in Geography and Hebrew Language (Haifa University) and an MA in Education (Haifa University). She was the coordinator practice teaching for student-teachers studying towards their teaching certificate in the Learning, Teaching and Instruction Department at Haifa University.
Ebtesam Barakat’s post-doctoral research deals with the ways educated Druze women succeed in coping with and shattering the intersecting barriers to their integration and professional advancement in the main labor market. Theoretically, her research will contribute to an expanded conceptualization and understanding of the complexity of the lives of educated Druze women who work in the labor market. The research will also make it possible to understand whether “equal” participation of women in supporting the family financially is backed up by a change in the traditional gender contract, and whether the movement of Druze women between cultures expands their opportunities to be accepted and advance in the labor market as equal citizens possessing personal capital. In order to understand how inequality in power relations among various groups in society was created this research adopts intersection approach that examines the issue of “the transparency of color” – race in “white” feminist research projects. The purpose of this approach is to turn the term “identities” into a political, analytic and activist conversation, through an examination of the connections between the various categories (gender, race, ethnicity, sexual identity, status, nationality and more), which are bonded to the axes of oppressions in society.