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The ‘Makings’ of a Movement ‘by Implication’: Assessing the Expansion of Women's Rights in the United Arab Emirates from 1971 Until Today

Vânia Carvalho Pinto

in Mapping Arab Women's Movements

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9789774164989
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781617971266 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774164989.003.0011
The ‘Makings’ of a Movement ‘by Implication’: Assessing the Expansion of Women's Rights in the United Arab Emirates from 1971 Until Today

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This chapter looks at the expansion of women's rights in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) through the lenses of a movement 'by implication.' Departing from the ideational support leant by the Emirati state to the promotion of the policies of education, professional insertion, and political participation for females, it is argued that women felt encouraged to step into new roles, thus becoming examples to others. Their actions and the multiplier effects they generated have given rise to a movement that is here described as one that is 'by implication.' It is further argued that by taking this approach, it is possible to sketch the main lines of the UAE state's gender policy since its 1971 independence, as well as understand its successes and failures.

Keywords: United Arab Emirates; UAE, Abu Dhabi; Dubai; women; movement; Emiratis; rights

Chapter.  8840 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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