Human Rights

Blog Post content-type in which the post is published

Cracking the Glass Ceiling: Gulf Women in the Police

Saudi Arabia has recently announced decisions allowing women to apply for jobs in air traffic control, the traffic police, and the military, and to positions as investigators at the public prosecutor’s office. These decisions are made in line with Saudi Vision 2030, to increase women’s participation in the workforce from 22 to 30 percent.

Videos content-type in which the post is published

Driving in a New Direction: Sweeping Changes in Saudi Arabia

This post is part of an AGSIW series on Saudi Vision 2030, a sweeping set of programs and reforms adopted by the Saudi government to be implemented by 2030.

Publications content-type in which the post is published

The Personal is Political: Gender Identity in the Personal Status Laws of the Gulf Arab States

This paper examines personal status law in the six Gulf Arab states, and the limitations PSLs impose on women’s autonomy and the role of women within the family.

Blog Post content-type in which the post is published

The Gulf’s Entanglement in Egypt

If experience is any guide, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s management of the Egyptian economy is in for a rough ride.

Commentary content-type in which the post is published

UAE Labour Mobility Reforms Create Winners and Losers

In 2011, the UAE dramatically reformed its kafala system by allowing migrant workers with expiring contracts to change employers without the initial sponsor’s permission.

Blog Post content-type in which the post is published

Royal Women in the Gulf: Agents of Change or Defenders of the Status Quo?

Women of the ruling families of Arab Gulf states are well situated to lead or impede significant change for women in their societies.

Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia: Hala Aldosari on Reform and the Future

Dr. Hala Aldosari, honored by Freedom House on May 24 as co-winner of its 2016 Freedom Award, is a Saudi women’s rights advocate whose work on behalf of women is nearly without precedent in the kingdom.

Learn More

Support Us

Through its careful examination of the forces shaping the evolution of Gulf societies and the new generation of emerging leaders, AGSIW facilitates a richer understanding of the role the countries in this key geostrategic region can be expected to play in the 21st century.

Learn More