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POLL: Women's rights in the Arab world

Thomson Reuters Foundation
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Thomson Reuters Foundation's third annual poll of gender experts gives a snapshot of the state women's rights in Arab states three years after the Arab Spring and as Syria's conflict threatens further regional upheaval. The TRUST webpage allows you to discover the data and explore the interactive map of results.

In the autumn of 2013, Thomson Reuters Foundation conducted its third annual poll of gender experts, focusing on women’s rights in Arab League states.

The perception poll of 336 specialists was designed to assess the extent to which states adhere to key provisions of the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), which most Arab League states have signed, ratified or acceded. It sought to measure how states compare for women’s rights across the broad sweep of factors covered by CEDAW, ranging from political representation and economic inclusion to reproductive rights and gender violence.

The poll produced a ranking of states – the best and worst for women’s rights – based on the methodology below.

The survey examined expert perceptions of women’s rights in all 21 member states of the Arab League: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Palestinian territories, Tunisia, Yemen and United Arab Emirates.

It also included Syria, a founding member of the Arab League that was suspended by the group in November 2011.

Eighteen Arab League members and Syria have signed and/or ratified CEDAW. Somalia and Sudan have not signed or ratified the convention. Palestinian territories have endorsed it symbolically.

We used CEDAW as the basis of our questionnaire.

Questions were set in six categories based on key CEDAW articles:

o    Women in politics

o    Women in society

o    Women in the economy

o    Women in the family

o    Reproductive rights

o    Violence against wome