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Women's Rights in the Middle East and North Africa

Sanja Kelly et al.
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Freedom House

In order to provide a detailed look at the conditions faced by women in the Middle East and understand the complex environment surrounding efforts to improve their status, Freedom House conducted a comprehensive study of women’s rights in the region. The first edition of this project was published in 2005. The present edition offers an updated examination of the issue, with a special focus on changes that have occurred over the last five years. 

Although the study indicates that a substantial deficit in women’s rights persists in every country in the MENA region, the findings also include notable progress, particularly in terms of economic opportunities, educational attainment, and political participation.

This collection of reports on gender equality includes statistics on Bahrain, Kuwait, Libya, Oman, Palestine (Palestinian Authority and Israeli-occupied Territories), Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, the UAE and Yemen