Women's Empowerment Hammers Patriarchy: How Big is the Dent?

Bahgat Korany

in The Changing Middle East

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9789774163531
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970368 | DOI:
Women's Empowerment Hammers Patriarchy: How Big is the Dent?

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The Arab region has witnessed a rising interest in women's issues at both the state and the regional level. Interest in women's issues in the Arab world accelerated considerably after the Beijing Conference, when it began to take on a new dimension. It indicates that significant positive change in the status of Arab women occurred in the 2000–2009 period, coinciding with the rising number of governmental and non-governmental women's empowerment projects. It aims to provide a descriptive analysis of the current status of Arab women in relation to men in the sectors of education, health, economic and political participation, and legislation, and also to examine the obstacles that still block the way to the advancement of Arab women and to indicate the way forward for their greater empowerment.

Keywords: Arab region; women's issues; Beijing Conference; empowerment; education; legislation; health; Arab women; political participation; patriarchy

Chapter.  7728 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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