Women and Gender

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Gulf Women Closing Ranks in Security and Diplomacy

Although the entry of women into the Gulf’s diplomatic and military ranks was slower than elsewhere, the region is in the midst of a sweeping transformation, largely due to top-down policies and social shifts.

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Saudi Arabia Amends Its Citizenship Law

Article 8 of Saudi Arabia’s citizenship law, in theory, makes it easier for Saudi women married to foreigners to transmit citizenship to their children, but implementation will be key in assessing impact of the measure on broader gender reform efforts.

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Women in Afghanistan are Inspired, Emboldened by Protests in Iran

The women-led uprising in Iran unified diverse groups of Iranians and drew support from across the world. It is now motivating Afghan women to pluck up the courage and push back against the Taliban.

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What It Means to be a Woman Crime Fiction Novelist

Best-selling Kuwaiti author Fadwa Al Taweel shares her experiences as a woman crime fiction novelist and offers insight into the state of crime fiction novels in the Arab world.

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Saudi Women in the Workforce

Saudi Arabia has made significant progress on women’s rights and labor force participation, but there is still a lot of work to do.

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Probing Social Pressures With Textiles and Ice Cream

Emirati artist Maitha Hamdan, featured in a UAE Embassy exhibition in DC situating women in the intimate space of the majlis, uses video performance to explore the more public social restrictions imposed on women.

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Ramadan Series Tackle Women’s Issues and Religion

Ramadan has always been an opportunity to introduce new ideas to nudge viewers’ reactions; this year’s series are generating much-needed discussion on women’s issues.

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Saudi Arabia Walks the Line With Social Opening and Curbing Harassment

The public decency law aims to regulate social behavior in a way that reflects positively on Saudi Arabia’s image, the anti-harassment law is meant to regulate public behavior among individuals in society.

Esports: Gulf States Capitalize on Youth and Tech

Gulf countries see esports as not only a viable investment but also a way to diversify their economies and engage their large youth populations.

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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.

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