Freedom House has launched a new, comprehensive study titled Women's Rights in the Middle East and North Africa: Citizenship and Justice. The overarching goal of this survey is to facilitate and support national and international efforts to empower women in the Middle East and North Africa. The study presents a comparative evaluation of women's rights in 16 countries and one territory including: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine (Palestinian Authority and Israeli-Occupied Territories), Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. The survey identifies critical issues relevant to women's rights advocates as well as to national and international policy makers and implementers. Women's rights in each country are assessed in five key areas: 1) Nondiscrimination and Access to Justice; 2) Autonomy, Security, and Freedom of the Person; 3) Economic Rights and Equal Opportunity; 4) Political Rights and Civic Voice; and 5) Social and Cultural Rights. Survey results are presented through a set of numerical scores and analytical narrative reports. The study also included a series of consultations with women's rights leaders in the region, and focus groups with the general population in Egypt, Kuwait, and Morocco in order to highlight the perspectives and recommendations of women's rights advocates and the general public.
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Table of ContentsPart 1 Challenging Inequality: Obstacles and Opportunities Towards Women's Rights in the Middle East and North Africa Part 2 The Impact of Public Attitudes Part 3 Tables and Graphs Part 4 Introduction to Country Reports Chapter 5 Algeria Chapter 6 Bahrain Chapter 7 Egypt Chapter 8 Iraq Chapter 9 Jordan Chapter 10 Kuwait Chapter 11 Lebanon Chapter 12 Libya Chapter 13 Morocco Chapter 14 Oman Chapter 15 Palestine (Palestinian Authority and Israeli-Occupied Territories) Chapter 16 Qatar Chapter 17 Saudi Arabia Chapter 18 Syria Chapter 19 Tunisia Chapter 20 United Arab Emirates Chapter 21 Yemen Part 22 Survey Methodology Part 23 Checklist Questions Part 24 Ratings and Scoring System Part 25 About Freedom House Part 26 Freedom House Board of Trustees
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It is vital that MENA countries more urgently recognize that the status of women is the key determinant to the development of their societies. This report provides important data to encourage reform in women's rights.