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Revolution and Women’s Rights in the Arab World

Fri, Nov 4, 2011

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PRI To The Point – KCRW/ By Warren Olney

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Arab women have been a big factor in the Arab spring, as one Egyptian put it to the Economist magazine, “throwing stones, moving dead bodies.” But, even where repressive regimes have been overthrown, the outcome may not be an increase in women’s rights, partly because of the rising influence of conservative Islam. In Tunisia, it’s not a matter of winning new rights but maintaining old ones. In Egypt, women in politics are associated with the hated Mubarak regime. In Libya, one victorious rebel leader promises to reinstate polygamy. We look at different prospects in different countries in a region of remarkable diversity.

Guests:
Ellen Knickmeyer: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Mona Eltahawy: syndicated columnist
Mahnaz Afkhami: Women’s Learning Partnership
Mozn Hassan: Nazra for Feminist Studies

Banner image: A Libyan Muslim woman holds a pistol while shouting slogans against Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi after a mass Friday noon prayer at Revolution Square in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi on May 20, 2011. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP/Getty Images

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About Mahnaz Afkhami

A lifetime advocate for the rights of women, Mahnaz Afkhami works with activists across the world, especially in Muslim majority societies, to help women become leaders. She is Founder and President of Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace (WLP), Executive Director of Foundation for Iranian Studies...more