Friday, May 20, 2005

Freedom House reports

on Women's Rights in the Middle East and North Africa : Citizenship and Justice.

"As the societies of the Arab Middle East and North Africa (MENA) confront the process of democratic change, no issue offers a more formidable challenge than the unequal status of women. This survey presents detailed reports on the state of women?s rights in 16 countries and one territory-Palestine-of the MENA region, including countries from North Africa, the Levant, the Gulf, and the Arabian Peninsula. Although the survey provides evidence of progress toward gender equality in a number of countries, its principal findings reflect a pervasive, gender-based gap in rights and freedoms. A substantial deficit in women's rights exists in every country reviewed in this study and is reflected in practically every institution of society: the law, the criminal justice system, the economy, education, health care, and the media."

Sameena Nazir, a senior research coordinator at Freedom House. (read more)

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