Author Archives: hanan

Lebenese Women Enter the Business World from Home

Every morning Mira wakes up, changes her son’s diaper, prepares her daughter for school and makes coffee for her husband. It seems like the typical Lebanese housewife, but after the household shores she takes on another role: that of a business owner. After having put her son to sleep, 23-year-old Mira starts browsing the net for new items for her ...

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Women in the Workforce in the Arab World

A great debate has been raging over whether the so-called Arab Spring has been good or bad for the women of the region. Some argue that the rise of Islamist governments in places like Egypt and Tunisia has led to a stark reversal of women’s rights. Others believe that the vibrant social and political activism that has been born from ...

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The Diverse Roles and Aspirations of Middle Eastern Women

It is a common assumption in the U.S. that Muslim women are oppressed, and that their religion forces them to cover their bodies and even their faces, denies them education and the right to work, and makes them subservient to men. While it is certainly true that Muslim women, like women in most cultures, struggle against various forms of inequality ...

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Algeria Bans Domestic Abuse

Algeria’s parliament passed a law Thursday 5th March criminalising domestic violence against women in a vote harshly criticised by conservatives as intruding on the intimacy of couples and contrary to Islamic values. The law also safeguards the financial interests of married women and introduces the concept of harassment. Under the law, any husband injuring his wife can be punished by ...

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Women’s Rights in the Middle East and North Africa

As the societies of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) undertake the difficult process of enacting social and political change, the unequal status of women stands out as a particularly formidable obstacle. The Gulf region, and the Middle East as a whole, is not the only region of the world where women experience inequality. It is in the Gulf, ...

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