Social media websites allowed Hisham Shikhah to find a wife according to specifications he wanted to establish a family away from the followed traditional ways in Gaza strip.
The experiment of Shikhah encouraged him to launch a dating site on the web named as “Wessal for Marriage and Engagement” that shortly became famous between thousands of both gender and succeed with dozens of marriage contracts.
Shikhah told Xinhua he started his activities one year and half earlier on Facebook. People’s interesting and care stimulated him to launch a special website 3 months ago.
In the conservative society in Gaza, the idea of launching a website for dating and marriage is unconventional. But Shikha insured this is a normal development to the importance of keeping pace with modern growth and the influences of social media.
He referred to “Wessal” website that he with four people between them two girl run, offers a window to ease the marriage away from the traditional methods that do not give a good opportunity for partners to know each other very well.
The site activities come in a wake of accumulated limits in Gaza society that ban the easiness of knowing both gender to each other fearing the emotional extortion amid the lack of trust of opining to the other, according to social media activist.
But Shikhah said his website does not offer a direct introducing oneself among marriage seekers. It starts with the formal proceedings by applying applications from both gender include full data.
Those who pay attention to the application head to the girls’ wanted family to marry.
“The website does not allow browsers to talk privately. They must meet face to face and we mandate to know each one specification to the other,” he added.
The website keens to be legitimately. It does not publish any photos to the users nor letting them speak in private but asks for personal information when one sign in like social status, full body specifications and financial capabilities.
Shikhah is completely satisfied of the results of his website, during the short period of time the group succeeds of mandating over 200 marriage contracts.
Among these 200, a divorced women from Rafah city of Gaza strip, for 3 years she did not receive any proposal until she published an application on Wessal website that help her to get merry.
Another girl lives in outlying area on the border northernmost of Gaza that makes the access of her door is very difficult. But as soon as she signed in Wessal website, many people managed to see her specifications and reach her to break the spinsterhood.
The average age of Wessal’s users who seek marriage is 20 to 60. When the marriage is done by Wessal website, it gains 200 U.S. dollars.
Shikhah said applying the applications is not only by youth, but also by the families who are looking to marry their members. Many mothers are applying on the website for their daughters.
He affirmed that most activities are about divorced, widows and spinsters who suffer marriage issues, referring that most causes include second or third wife with few amid singles.
Alongside the website mandate of dating, it launches campaigns to ease marriage’s dowry and wedding costs regarding to the hard economic situation in Gaza.
Shikhah supports polygamy in Gaza as a result of plenty of widows due to Israeli wars on the strip that that left thousands of deaths among men. He believes that will forficate the society as a solution for the high number of spinsterhood.
The head of Community Training and Crisis Management Center Fadil Abuhien refers to position of the internet in the modern life and its entrance in all our aspect.
“The spread of marriage pages on Facebook and other electronic websites enable them to take the old role of matchmaker in Arabic society,” Abuhien told Xinhua.
In the same time, he warns the fallout of the negativity of marrying online amid the absence e of trusted mandate that may make the move from the virtual world to the real one impossible. Enditem