It has been successful, and not just because Tinder and other dating apps are banned or severely frowned on here.Its founder knows his demographic well: residents of the religiously conservative Gaza Strip, with its culture of resistance.
Traditionally, the polite way for a groom’s family to signal a proposal request is to ask to go to the bride’s family’s house for a cup of coffee.
With the Wesal service, a prospective groom receives a woman’s address when the two have exchanged “likes” online.
“Women who lost their men during the last three wars have difficult lives and few options,” says Reham Owda, a Gaza-based writer and analyst of women’s issues.
“In most cases the husband’s family pressures the woman to marry the brother-in-law to control her life and seize any financial aid she receives.” Owda adds that if the widow’s husband is affiliated with a political party, it might intervene and pressure the woman to marry a man from same group.
She will often agree because she is struggling financially and the group will pay her a salary.