Women's Rights and the Arab Spring

Nawal El Saadawi has been called the godmother of Egyptian feminism.
© 2011 Platon for Human Rights Watch

During the Arab Spring uprisings this past year, women took to the public squares — traditionally the domain of men — and played an active role in the protests. However, the electoral successes of Islamist parties in Egyptian, Tunisian and Moroccan parliamentary elections suggest that guaranteeing the rights already attained and expanding them further will be no simple matter. 

A number of new reports from human rights organizations, think tanks, and academic journals assesses the status of women and women's rights a year into the Arab Spring. There are also some great, more general resources on women's rights in the Middle East. Here are a few highlights:

Shoshi Shmuluvitz

Diwaniyya Contributor